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MPAA Rating: PG for sequences of sci-fi action violence and peril, thematic elements, and language.

Reviewed by: Alexander Malsan

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May 22, 2015 (wide—3,972 theaters)
DVD: October 13, 2015
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Imagine a world where nothing is impossible? Actually, that would be Heaven, not Tomorrowland.

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What is man’s responsibility to the environment? Answer

How might rain forest destruction affect our weather? Answer

value of scientific curiosity

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Who shapes our destiny?

As in this movie, is humanity rushing toward disaster, despite warnings?

importance of hope

FEAR, Anxiety and Worry—What does the Bible say? Answer

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Featuring: Britt Robertson … Casey Newton
Judy GreerMom
George ClooneyFrank Walker
Hugh LaurieDavid Nix
Kathryn Hahn … Ursula
Pierce Gagnon … Nate
Jedidiah Goodacre … Buddy
Tim McGraw
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Director: Brad Bird—“Ratatouille” (2007), “The Incredibles” (2004)
Producer: Walt Disney Pictures
Distributor: Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures

Casey is a young teen, living with her father, a former employee for the retired NASA space program, and her little brother. Casey is a curious girl. As such, she has always been curious about “how things work.” Her belief is that anything in the world can be fixed… anything!

One night, after being released from jail for trespassing on NASA property, one of the items that is returned to her is a pin with a giant orange “T” on it. “That’s not mine!” she says. She picks it up and is instantly transported to a large field with large buildings in the distance. She lets go and instantly returns to the police department, realizing she never left the police department in the first place.

Well, curiosity gets the best of Casey. Where did that pin take her? What did she just witness? Through the help of a former scientist and inventor, Frank (George Clooney—“Gravity,” “Ocean’s 11”) Casey is about to discover how it just takes one person to make a difference… and even change the future.

Earlier this year, I myself had the opportunity to visit Walt Disney World and Tomorrowland. It truly is a magical place, where I could see the limitless possibilities that lied ahead for the future.

“Tomorrowland” truly captures the essence of Walt Disney’s ride of the same name. With a running time of two hours, “Tomorrowland,” in my opinion, could certainly be categorized as one of Disney’s better films this year. While the performances by George Clooney and Britt Robertson (“Scream 4,” “Life Unexpected”) and even Hugh Laurie (“House” TV series, “Blackadder”) are well done, and slightly humorous from time to time, it is the special effects used in building Tomorrowland that caught my attention. Every idea from the Tomorrowland ride is part of the film—simply breathtaking. It is as if Walt himself had been part of the screenwriting process.

That’s not to say that this film doesn’t have its flaws. My main concern is in the overall structure of the film itself, which many other critics have noted. At times, the film does feel disjointed, questions are left unanswered, even if you are paying close attention. If not for the disjointed nature of the story, I would have enjoyed the film a little bit more as a whole. However, the somewhat confusing nature of the plot, for the most part, did not take away the overall enjoyment this movie provided.

Content for Concern

“Tomorrowland” has, unfortunately, some issues in regards to content, some of which was unexpected for a film rated PG.

Violence: Moderate to Heavy. There are multiple scenes involving violence, including scenes where robots (and a few people) are shot, electrocuted, beheaded, vaporized, and scenes involving lasers. There are moments in the film where we watch clips of natural disasters destroying homes. There is a scene when young Frank is seen being tossed around on his prototype jetpack. There are some scenes involving some slapstick humor, including Casey bumping her head into the wall and Casey falling down the stairs. Lastly, a huge pole is seen falling on a character and crushing the character’s legs (nothing graphic is shown though).

Profanity: Moderate. Most of the profanity comes from George Clooney’s character. Additionally, “h*ll” is used in 6 different instances (NOT something you would expect in a PG rated Disney picture). Other profanity includes “d*mn” (3), “son of a…” (2), “bollocks” (1), God’s name is used in vain—O.M.G. (3), “God Almighty” (1) and “God” (1), and the word “pee” is used.


One of the main underlying themes found in “Tomorrowland” is the idea of destiny. Time after time (no pun intended) Casey tells Frank that there is no possible way she could play an important role in saving the world. She thinks she’s no one special.

This is contrary to what God tells us. God has determined our destinies and His will for us before we were even born. It is our calling as Christians to trust, read, pray and discern what God’s will is for us in His grand design.

“Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, before you were born I set you apart…” —Jeremiah 1:5 (NIV)

“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” —Jeremiah 29:11 (NIV)


Regardless of whether one has been to the theme park itself, one would still probably enjoy viewing “Tomorrowland.” My feelings for the film, however, are mixed. There is some language to contend with which some parents may find unsettling, as well as multiple scenes of violence that parents may not deem appropriate for younger viewers. While the story may feel disjointed at times, “Tomorrowland” is still a breathtaking and enjoyable movie, overall, as the special effects alone may be worth the price of admission. If you are like me though, you will walk out with more questions than answers. I guess you’ll have to use your imagination to figure out the rest.

Violence: Heavy / Profanity: Moderate / Sex/Nudity: Minor—a little cleavage and codpieces

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Positive—I enjoyed the film. It includes sci-fi violence with robots being smashed and robots vaporizing people, it might be scary for the younger viewers, although it’s still a PG level of violence. The plot was a bit disjointed and confusing at times, but I enjoyed the message. It’s not a “New Age” message. It’s about making the world better by expecting good things to happen, instead of cursing the darkness. Its theme is universal, but can be applied to the Christian worldview as well. Bravo Disney.
My Ratings: Moral rating: Good / Moviemaking quality: 4
—Keith Chandler, age 36 (USA)
Positive—Positive in the end, but seemingly not so much through the first part of the film. Thoughtful. Fun. Imaginative. Clever. I mostly enjoyed it. Philippians 4:8 seems to occasionally apply: “Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is worthy of respect, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if something is excellent or praiseworthy, think about these things.” Parts weren’t praiseworthy, but other parts were lovely.

The environmental dogma is somewhere between questionable and untrue. If watching with children, be sure to explain your Christian worldview and what the Bible says about “end times”. Children under 12 might become worried or gloomy about the future, especially those who are sensitive/serious by nature. Good springboard movie for parents to discuss current events, contemporary issues, Daniel and Revelation.
My Ratings: Moral rating: Average / Moviemaking quality: 4½
—Tim Taylor, age 59 (USA)
Positive—When did it become unchristian to have hope? This film is about keeping hope, even when all seems dark. I do not see the danger in seeing this film, it may even inspire some kids (maybe even a few adults) to care about the world around them, to have hope for Tomorrow…
My Ratings: Moral rating: Excellent! / Moviemaking quality: 4½
—Holli Mahala, age 25 (USA)
Positive—I enjoyed the movie. Acting was good and special effects were imaginative. I took the movie to be a positive and optimistic message to encourage creative visionaries to do what they can to make the world a little better. No coincidence there are so many references, direct or indirect, to people like Walt Disney, (Issac) Newton, Albert Einstein, Jules Verne, Nikola Tesla, Thomas Edison, John Lennon, George Lucas, and more. It made me think of Phillipians 4:8, Matthew 17:20, Jeremiah 29:11, James 2:14-20. more »
My Ratings: Moral rating: Average / Moviemaking quality: 4½
—Tori, age 40+ (USA)
Positive—I’ve left enough of negative comments here on Spotlight that I feel I should put forth the effort to leave positive ones also. I feel the majority of the message and direction of this movie was positive. Man needing to “feed” and move toward what is “light” instead of feeding “darkness” is a big part of the message of this movie. And I’m a firm believer that if anyone truly seeks “light” (a metaphor of so many positive things—truth, love, life and God) they will find the Source of that light, or rather, He will find/draw near to them.

True, as some commenters have pointed out, we should not worship and put our trust in the “works of our own hands” / technology. God, with out doubt, is a God of ingenuity and creative expression, and desires for us, created in His image, to keep growing in knowledge and to work hard at developing the gifts/talents He has given us. Advancing in every area of life, including technologically, is a natural growth/maturity from walking with our creative (and really smart) God/Father.

Part of the message of “Tomorrowland,” I believe, is that we can do better and to keep believing that. And I believe we were meant to until He returns. (And probably afterward also. HE will be there with us ! In the real Tomorrowland!)
My Ratings: Moral rating: Better than Average / Moviemaking quality: 5
—Des, age 40+ (USA)
Neutral—Like an audience watching a trailer, the main character gets a taste of Tomorrowland from touching the little pin with the T logo. At first, she sees it in the distance, but goes closer and closer and finally gets there. And it’s magnificent, with the fantastic technology and casual trips into space, and then just when you’re about to enter the rocket ship, the teaser ends, leaving her wanting more. And once she’s had a taste of Tomorrowland, she finds herself desperately wanting to go there for real.

She ends up trusting a mysterious young girl and a grumpy old man because of the chance of getting to go to Tomorrowland, because once you’ve had a taste of Tomorrowland, there’s no going back. And even though it looks like the world’s going to end, and when Tomorrowland seems harder to get to, requiring hard work, she doesn’t want to give up.

This is what the Kingdom of God is like. Jesus gives us a taste of what that is like in the present, which only makes us desperate to enter into it, but it’s not here yet. Now all we can do is give other people a taste of it, so they can help make it more of a present reality before the end, when Jesus brings it in its fullness. The movie had some good ideas, particularly about how a hopeful future inspires our imagination, but it was honestly executed in a mediocre way. It was a little too unrealistic for my tastes, but I guess it’s a Disney movie. Really, it’s a kid’s movie at heart; I was hoping it’d be a bit better quality in that context, but oh well.
My Ratings: Moral rating: Average / Moviemaking quality: 2½
—Jim, age 23 (USA)
Neutral—I generally agree with reviewer Alexander Malsan. Disappointed with bad language, especially in a Disney flick and totally unnecessary. “Special effects” aren’t so special anymore, but everything looked good, quite believable. I did not feel positive thinking was all there was to it and taking care of God’s gift to us (the Earth) is not the exclusive domain of New Agers. There are loose ends, but it holds one’s attention—a couple hours of escape. I rated it average for morality, because this is the way movies are these days.
My Ratings: Moral rating: Average / Moviemaking quality: 4
—Dale Robinson, age 66 (USA)
Neutral—The message this movie sent was a little disjointed. It seemed to contradict itself a time or two. The main character wasn’t really redeemed throughout the movie. I liked “Meet the Robinsons” much better. It was more personal and less all encompassing, unlike this movie that tried to get across a message that got lost somewhere along the way. I love Disney, and this was the first time I left the theater without waiting for the very end of the credits. There just didn’t seem to be a reason to stay.

The truth in this movie was lost in the writing. The main character was sabotaging her father’s company equipment in order to keep him employed, but we’re supposed to believe that she is this wonderful person who can “fix the world”. You can’t have it both ways. Hope is not destruction. A house divided soon falls.
My Ratings: Moral rating: Average / Moviemaking quality: 5
—T Wilkerson, age 47 (USA)
Neutral—What is the opposite of positive? Negative, disavowal. Does your battery have positive and negative? What does Bible say about the world? (1 John 2:15) Do not love the world or anything that belongs to the world. If you love the world, you do not love the Father. Everything that belongs to the world—what the sinful self desires, what people see and want, and everything in this world that people are so proud of—none of this comes from the Father; it all comes from the world. The world and everything in it that people desire is passing away; but those who do the will of God live forever.

John 15:19—If you belonged to the world, it would love you as its own. As it is, you do not belong to the world, but I have chosen you out of the world. That is why the world hates you.

James 4:4—You unfaithful people! Don’t you know that love for this evil world is hatred toward God? Whoever wants to be a friend of this world is an enemy of God.
My Ratings: Moral rating: Average / Moviemaking quality: 3
—Thomas Dickensheets, age 53 (USA)
Neutral—I was expecting a total family show, being Disney and rated PG. Was offended when the Lord’s name was taken in vain a few times. And the robot fighting scene went too far when the human looking like ones were beheaded. I did like the message of positive thinking and to be inventive. But because of those above listed offensive things, we will not buy this film or ever watch it again.
My Ratings: Moral rating: Average / Moviemaking quality: 5
—Jane, age 38 (USA)
Neutral—Was watching “Tomorrowland,” and I agree with the perceptiveness of some of the others who had negative views of this film. I could see that the movie is a swipe at those who believe that the end of the world is coming (in which it really is), and the film calls it evil. I actually could say it would be evil if those who believe the end is coming used that as an excuse to sit back and not do anything to take care of the Earth, which, sadly, seems to be the case of some who rigidly hold on to a capitalist view of the world.

Sure, there is teaching on providing for your family by selling goods in the Bible, but to try to argue that there is no sense of socialism in the Bible, and people looking out for others to ensure that everyone is treated equally, is absolute nonsense. So it is evil to sit back and to not do anything to take care of God’s creation. On the other hand, it is not evil to believe that the end of the world is coming. So, overall, in terms of messaging, I give the film a neutral review.
My Ratings: Moral rating: Average / Moviemaking quality: 3½
—Richard W, age 44 (Canada)
Negative—I was disappointed, because, as a Disney film, I assumed the target audience was families and children, yet the movie was somewhat violent, somewhat hopeless, and a little bit dark. The movie gives the message that destiny is in our own hands, not God’s hands. The movie leaves the viewer to believe that they can fix the world just by being positive (not by repenting of sins and turning back to God). Clearly the movie shows evil will exist, but if everybody could just stop focusing on the doom and gloom of society and learn to be positive, the world could be saved. This implied message was very deceptive. It ends positively, but the overall message is we don’t need God… we just need to create our own destiny.
My Ratings: Moral rating: Very Offensive / Moviemaking quality: 4½
—Josie Demarco, age 52 (USA)
Negative—I think the danger of the movie was missed entirely in the commentary… kind of like straining at gnats while swallowing camels. The idea of the movie is that the world merely needs to think more positively and it can save itself. It also took a back-handed swipe at those who would bring about “self-fulfilling prophecies” by predicting cataclysmic events at the end of the world.

The natural conclusion of this is that Christians are the problem because they take things like the book of Revelation and Matthew 24 literally. So if we could just get rid of those people (represented by Nix), and shut down their warnings of doom (represented by the mind control machine) then the world would heal itself. No need for God or repentance. This was the danger, not a couple of minor expletives.
My Ratings: Moral rating: Good / Moviemaking quality: 5
—Donald Fry, age 63 (USA)
Negative—Very much enjoyed watching this stunning and well made film! I found the performance at all levels, enthralling! Nevertheless, and in my opinion, this film broadcasts a clear message to shrug off the “negative self-fulfilling prophesy” that the world is going to end, and replace it with a New Age imagination and positive thinking mantra that radiates from the (lower case “L”) light! Ergo: “we are in control”, but, time is running out!

The most blasphemous scene in the movie depicts the main characters coming to the realization that the constant “preprogramming” message of doom and destruction steadily emanating from a “higher dimension” is the source that is driving humanity towards our ultimate failure! This “source message” must be destroyed so (h)ope can blossom and humanity can proceed onwards to enjoy the unbridled successes of our own making! The extra-dimensional and “evil” engine that is pumping out and steering the mass human conscience collective towards our final, self-fulfilling destruction, is a thinly veiled metaphorical representation of The Holy Bible or The Word of God!

Regardless of how one dresses it up, the screeching of evil continues to grow stronger and louder! This film is a sirens song!
My Ratings: Moral rating: Extremely Offensive / Moviemaking quality: 4½
—Joe, age 51 (USA)
Negative—“Tomorrowland” was very entertaining and well made, but its underlying message is one embraced by the New Age movement. Basically, the film pushes that when we think negative thoughts it causes our world to fall into ruin, but when we think positive thoughts, we, humanity, can fix everything and make our dreams come true.

By the end, it is apparent that the film makers have made a feature length commercial for Disneyland, calling children to use their imaginations to fix our broken world… and to go to Tomorrowland there. Using one's mind and imagination is good, God gave us imaginations to create and glorify Him, but optimism and imagination themselves do not have the power to repair our sin-stained world, only Christ can do that. Man cannot pull himself out of his own sins or heal Creation of the Curse with positive thinking, or self-reliant humanism.
My Ratings: Moral rating: Offensive / Moviemaking quality: 5
—JJ Stevens, age 30 (USA)
Negative—I know [Director] Brad Bird, and he knows me; I was 2 years behind him at Cal Arts Disney Program, along with Pixar maker, John Lasseter. Vision means nothing - politics and money is everything. The film is visually beautiful. Story wise, it is a last strain and ungodly pathetic attempt to answer the age old question: is the universe FIXED or open to chaos and change?

The film would have us humans believe chaos rules over divine determinism, and that we can build a Utopia and stop doomsday, by “thinking” “dreaming” or clicking our little poverty stricken, enslaved, police state controlled red slippers hard enough to rocket us back to Heavenly Kansas - and without God gifting it to us. Rather, the film depicts the Great Big Pretty Beautiful Tomorrow Future being realized by the sacrifice of the harlot pagan goddess Athena, exploding like the black Hindu hell goddess Kali. It does not amaze me that this profane film “once again,” like all other commie, globalist, secular humanistic entertainments and educational medias, pawns off the false idea that poor minorities, digging ditches in Africa, conjoined with city dwelling (myoptic) super scientists, can, with the flip of a magical token, change the future for the better. more »
My Ratings: Moral rating: Average / Moviemaking quality: 5
—Ross Marshall, age 59.11 (USA)
Negative—I was disappointed, because, as a Disney film, I assumed the target audience was families and children yet the movie was somewhat violent, somewhat hopeless, and a little bit dark. The movie gives the message that destiny is in our own hands, not God’s hands. The movie leaves the viewer to believe that they can fix the world just by being positive (not by repenting of sins and turning back to God).

Clearly the movie shows evil will exist, but if every body could just stop focusing on the doom and gloom of society and learn to be positive the world could be saved. This implied message was very deceptive. It ends positively but the overall message is we don’t need God… we just need to create our own destiny.
My Ratings: Moral rating: Very Offensive / Moviemaking quality: 4½
—Josie Demarco, age 52 (USA)
Negative—I was disappointed with this movie. I believe that this movie had a hidden message, and the message was an indirect promotion of the New World Order. At the end of the movie, you see all sorts of people from all kinds of places coming together to make this world a “better place”. The pin that you receive is the mark of the beast, and they promote the pin as if it were a positive thing, that it’s a good thing if you have been chosen, because it means that you are “special” making it a desirable thing to receive. Beware my fellow Christians, because Jesus says, “my people perish because of the lack of knowledge.” Be on the look out and do not conform to the ways of this world.

This was definitely a brainwashing movie to make us believe that what’s to come in the future for us would be a good thing when it really isn’t.
My Ratings: Moral rating: none / Moviemaking quality: 1
—BL, age 26 (USA)
Negative—I was very disappointed with this movie. They could have done so much more with it. It was just boring and far fetched, and they spent way too much dialog time with the kids. And then to have this tiny 80 lb. child be the robot character taking her through time, fighting people—that was just plain stupid.

I was surprised with it being a kid movie, it was very violent, lots of talk of murder, killing and the main actress is rebellious, although I was glad they didn’t swank her out in the way she dressed. There was a lot of what it seems the Illuminati wants to do in the long—seek out the brightest, create a place for them and destroy everyone else. It seems like Disney works hard at aligning with the conditioning of this country to this. Crazy, but you see it more and more with movies they put out.

And then, at the end, to have the main actor who was a grown man fawning over this little girl who he had a crush on when he was a kid, he grew up and she didn’t. That was just creepy! And it went on and on at the end. Very weird!
My Ratings: Moral rating: Offensive / Moviemaking quality: 2
—Stephanie (USA)
Movie Critics

…a left-wing version of Ayn Rand’s Atlas Shrugged …a big-screen global warming discourse that could have been written by Al Gore himself… Heavy-handed enviro-preaching from Clooney and co-star Hugh Laurie were probably not what the majority of Disney theme park fans were expecting during their theater excursion. …
—James Hirsen, Newsmax

…a lecture is a wretched substitute for wonder …runs heavier on canned inspirationalism than on actual inspiration… winds up feeling like a hollow, hucksterish Trojan horse of a movie — the shiny product of some smiling yet sinister dimension where save-the-world impulses and Disney mass-branding strategies collide. …jaw-droppingly misguided final scene…
—Justin Chang, Variety

…Clooney’s disappointing ‘Tomorrowland’ goes off the monorails… reams of preachy dialogue and graphics fail to pull together “Tomorrowland” as anything like a coherent moviegoing experience. …
—Lou Lumenick, New York Post

…lacks joy… The trouble with “Tomorrowland” essentially boils down to this: Jetpacks and a few other visual wonders aside, we have to be told, via the characters, why it’s such a special, essential place. On its own, the place never truly captivates our imaginations or interest, nor does the film’s message feel all that inspiring. …
—Christian Hamaker, Crosswalk

…Though only rated PG, I found the jolting violence to be excessive, the director knowing just how far he could go with action and language before crossing over into PG-13-land. …
—Phil Boatwright, Preview Family Movie and TV Review

…its environmental references to melting glaciers and dying bees take a complex sociopolitical issue and turn it into a one-dimensional creed. …
—Paul Asay, Plugged In

…Today is good, TOMORROWLAND is not… humanist worldview… The movie implies that humans have the ability to control their destinies. Thus, if people think positively, they will have a positive outcome, but if they think negatively they will have a negative outcome. …
—Ted Baehr, Movieguide

…Disney’s gimmick of naming movies for its theme-park attractions crashes and burns in “Tomorrowland,” a here-and-now caper that will confuse children, bore adults and offend anyone who’s ever taken a science class. …
—Joe Williams, St. Louis Post-Dispatch

…sci-fi folly …strip “Tomorrowland” down to its essentials, and you get an ending out of “I’d like to teach the world to sing” and a moral which boils down to: Just be positive, OK? So OK. I’m positive “Tomorrowland” was a disappointment.
—Stephen Whitty, The Star-Ledger (New Jersey)

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—Another movie which we will not support because of the profane use of God’s name. Clooney could easily have omitted the words “God” so as to gain a bigger viewing audience. Aren’t you offended by the deluge of callousness toward God’s name? Please join us in committing not to support movies where God’s name is used irreverently.
—Myra Mansfield, age 56 (USA)

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