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Escape From Tomorrow (2013)

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Average Rating: 6.1/10
Reviews Counted: 74
Fresh: 42 | Rotten: 32

Conceptually audacious but only intermittently successful in execution, Escape From Tomorrow is nonetheless visually inventive and darkly surreal.

38

Average Rating: 5.4/10
Critic Reviews: 24
Fresh: 9 | Rotten: 15

Conceptually audacious but only intermittently successful in execution, Escape From Tomorrow is nonetheless visually inventive and darkly surreal.

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The most provocative film from the 2013 Sundance Film Festival, ESCAPE FROM TOMORROW should not exist, and yet it does. Like nothing you've ever seen, Randy Moore's directorial debut is a bold and ingenious trip into the happiest place on earth. An epic battle begins when a middle-aged American husband and father of two learns that he has lost his job. Keeping the news from his nagging wife and wound-up children, he packs up the family and embarks on a full day of park hopping amid enchanted

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All Critics (74) | Top Critics (24) | Fresh (42) | Rotten (32)

Definitely a great stunt, but you spend the film thinking how much more the "Jackass"/"Bad Grandpa" crew could have done with a premise like this.

November 14, 2013 Full Review Source: Minneapolis Star Tribune
Minneapolis Star Tribune
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It feels much like a theme park itself -- really exciting at first, but then your senses are dulled, and eventually you just want to go.

October 31, 2013 Full Review Source: Chicago Reader
Chicago Reader
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Suggests an R-rated Twilight Zone episode with a twist of Fellini-lite, in a trite film school kind of way.

October 25, 2013 Full Review Source: Globe and Mail
Globe and Mail
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It's really just a middling fantasy about a middle-aged dad having a meltdown during a family vacation to the Magic Kingdom, with a few scattered sci-fi and horror elements thrown in.

October 24, 2013 Full Review Source: Toronto Star
Toronto Star
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The effects-heavy movie flies off into exotic yet inconsequential science-fiction visions; Moore's view of the macabre in the banal is a tepid successor to David Lynch's.

October 14, 2013 Full Review Source: New Yorker
New Yorker
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"Escape From Tomorrow" delights in randomness, stumbling down one rabbit hole after another. Nothing really builds, from one scene to the next; it's like doing a Sudoku puzzle in disappearing ink.

October 11, 2013 Full Review Source: Newark Star-Ledger
Newark Star-Ledger
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The more Escape From Tomorrow lingers in the mind, the more disturbing and fascinating its implications on modern American culture become.

February 9, 2014 Full Review Source: Movie Mezzanine
Movie Mezzanine

Mainly a one-trick Goofy-show, connecting a famous family-fun park with adult voyeurism, paranoid delusions and sexual obsession. There's a tedium to Jim's sex-obsession, some Freudian 101 symbolism, and the shrewishness of Jim's wife is too much.

December 27, 2013 Full Review Source: Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)
Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)

Nothing this potentially dangerous should be this tedious to sit through.

November 13, 2013 Full Review Source: Antagony & Ecstasy
Antagony & Ecstasy

It's ultimately clear that the story behind Escape from Tomorrow's production is far more compelling and interesting than the film itself...

November 13, 2013 Full Review Source: Reel Film Reviews
Reel Film Reviews

Aside from the really awesome poster, the much talked about ESCAPE FROM TOMORROW has nothing else to offer.

November 8, 2013 Full Review Source: ChaseWhale.com
ChaseWhale.com

Cleverly shot guerrilla-style in Disney's Florida and California theme parks, this offbeat thriller is an exercise in relentlessly inventive filmmaking, vividly proving that pure imagination can overcome a micro-budget.

November 8, 2013 Full Review Source: Contactmusic.com
Contactmusic.com

It's not so much disrespectful to 'Uncle Walt' and his beloved creations as it is honest about the primal urges and shameful desires that motivated the myths and fairy tales that inspired many of Disney's more famous projects in the first place.

October 28, 2013 Full Review Source: Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)

Not quite demented enough, but it scores major points for degree of difficulty and treating a Disney World vacation as the surreal nightmare it sometimes is.

October 27, 2013 Full Review Source: McClatchy-Tribune News Service
McClatchy-Tribune News Service

Less provocative for its assault on the false ideals of corporate-controlled family fun than its clever repurposing of many of the same German expressionist and gothic horror tropes that are at the root of much Disney iconography.

October 25, 2013 Full Review Source: The Grid
The Grid

In a world of corporate moviemaking, Escape From Tomorrow is the ultimate unstudio project. It says that when you wish upon a star, you may land a couple of sexy, underage French schoolgirls.

October 25, 2013 Full Review Source: Canada.com
Canada.com

It's a fascinating hypothesis, entertainingly told, and we can forgive the script some of its narrative lapses as we admire the sheer chutzpah of the on-the-fly guerrilla filmmaking it took to complete the project.

October 25, 2013 Full Review Source: National Post
National Post

Even if this ride leaves us wanting more, it's impossible not to marvel at the exceptional craftsmanship behind its construction.

October 25, 2013 Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide
TV Guide's Movie Guide

Chasing Jim down all those meandering, dead-end rabbit holes sure is a lot of escapist fun.

October 24, 2013 Full Review Source: Daily Herald (IL)
Daily Herald (IL)

Kinda Goofy, very Dumbo.

October 24, 2013 Full Review Source: RedEye
RedEye

That Moore is able to take Disney's own product and twist it into a disturbing, perverse, satire with very little tampering is remarkable in its own right.

October 22, 2013 Full Review Source: Grolsch Film Works
Grolsch Film Works

Sinister and surreal, it's an eerie, experimental curiousity.

October 21, 2013 Full Review Source: SSG Syndicate
SSG Syndicate

Audience Reviews for Escape From Tomorrow

Shot guerrilla-style at Disney World, this surreal satire follows the midlife crisis of Jim, whose anxieties over his job and family problems mutate into vivid theme park hallucinations involving him being imprisoned by a mad scientist in a secret room beneath Epcot center and encountering a real life wicked witch in her hotel room. In some ways this is one of those ideas that sounds better on paper, but it raises a host of fascinating issues, from its in-movie themes of imagination and escapism to external questions about filmmaking methods and ethics.
January 9, 2014
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'Escape From Tomorrow'. An overtly sexualised mid-life crisis through the mind of a bored man. Admire how it was filmed. The result, /shrug
October 27, 2013
c0up
c0up  

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Escape from Tomorrow sounds like an interesting curiosity and it is. Unfortunately the back-story of how the picture was created is more fascinating than the film itself. The problem is this fantasy really doesn't go anywhere interesting. The downward spiral of the tale is sort of a hallucinogenic head trip - but it's incoherent. There's a buried subtle critique that even Disney World's sunny happy facade can't mask true depression. But this has more to do with negativity in this family's life than a comment on the actual merits of the park itself. For most of the drama I was intrigued where the chronicle would go. Then the movie takes a particularly nasty turn 10 min from the end that dares the audience to keep watching. It devolves into a scatological creepshow. Shame because with some judicious editing and more intellectual mindset, this could've been a perceptive commentary on the artificiality of the happiest place on earth. After screening at the Sundance Film Festival, there was some speculation that future audiences would never see Escape from Tomorrow because of legal difficulties. The work most likely falls under the fair-use doctrine as parody and therefore not subject to copyright law. Whatever the reason, Disney has decided to ignore the production so as not to bring more attention to it. You should probably do the same.

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October 25, 2013
hobster1

Super Reviewer

I'm no lawyer, but before seeing this movie it did cross my mind as to how a huge corporation like Disney had allowed a movie that was shot on their property (without their knowledge) to find any sort of theatrical release. But then I saw the movie and realized that maybe the reason why this film was allowed a release and writer/director Randy Moore wasn't sued into oblivion, was because his film is so incoherent, that it essentially poses no threat to Disney's entertainment driven demographic.

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October 23, 2013
Markus Emilio Robinson
Markus Robinson

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    1. The Scientist: You've got quite an imagination! Just like old "W" himself.
    – Submitted by Collin V (4 months ago)
    1. Jim: You're inside my head!
    – Submitted by Collin V (4 months ago)
    1. The Other Woman: Oh, you've found my Hidden Mickey!
    – Submitted by John D (6 months ago)
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