Dependable, Primary, Intermediate, Young Adult, Britt Robertson, George Clooney, Hugh Laurie, Brad Bird, Disney, PG, Science Fiction, Action, Adventure
Casey Newton is a brainy, idealistic teenager whose dad has to bail her out of jail after she gets arrested trying to sabotage the demolition of a NASA launchpad near her home. As her personal effects are returned to her at the police station, she comes into possession of a mysterious T-shaped lapel pin that, when touched, enables her to enter the world of Tomorrowland, an alternate dimension populated by a handpicked group of scientists, artists, and innovators who have been happily inventing and creating their dreams since the early 1900’s. Casey takes off on a journey to gain permanent access to this utopia, only to find that Tomorrowland is no longer what it once was due to an apocalyptic doomsday device invented by another young Tomorrowland recruit, Frank (played by George Clooney), now a disenchanted middle-aged exile. With the help of Athena, a robot-cyborg recruiter and guide who looks like a 12-year-old girl, Casey teams up with Frank to reach Tomorrowland and save the world from his device, racing against the countdown for the apocalypse and the army of evil robots sent to stop them. They eventually discover that the doomsday device is nothing more than a transceiver that broadcasts pessimistic brainwaves to people, making them believe that world destruction is an inevitability and therefore making it a certainty. Despite the opposition of Governor Nix (Hugh Laurie), the man behind Frank’s exile and the transceiver’s continued operation, Casey cooks up a plan to destroy the device and stop the self-fulfilling prophecy. At the end of the film Governor Nix perishes in his attempt on Frank’s life, Athena sacrifices herself to blow up the transceiver, and Frank and Casey go on to re-open Tomorrowland to public recruitment, sending a new generation of robot children out into the world to “find the dreamers.”
BYU ScholarsArchive Citation
Children's Book and Media Review: Vol. 36
, Article 12.
Available at: https://scholarsarchive.byu.edu/cbmr/vol36/iss2/12