Escape From Tomorrow

2013

Escape From Tomorrow (2013)

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Critic Consensus: 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 castles and fairytale princesses. Soon, the manufactured mirth of the fantasy land around him begins to haunt his subconscious. An idyllic family vacation quickly unravels into a surrealist nightmare of paranoid visions, bizarre encounters, and an obsessive pursuit of a pair of sexy teenage Parisians. Chillingly shot in black and white, ESCAPE FROM TOMORROW dissects the mythology of artificial perfection while subversively attacking our culture's obsession with mass entertainment.(c) FilmBuff

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Cast

Alison Lees-Taylor
as The Other Woman
Stass Klassen
as The Scientist
Amy Lucas
as The Nurse
Lee Armstrong
as Man on Scooter
Kimberly Ables Jindra
as Man on Scooter's Wife
Trey Loney
as Man on Scooter's Son
Jakob Salvati
as Other Woman's Son
Mark Able
as Pool Boy
Lex Edelman
as Lifeguard
Clifton Perry
as Lifeguard
Rebekah Cobaugh
as Lifeguard
Gina Groce
as Princess
Eli Jane
as Princess
Amy Bloom
as Princess
Kurt Yamamoto
as Businessman
Mike Fujimoto
as Businessman
David Oh
as Businesman
Justin Shilton
as Father in Bathroom
Zach Pierce
as Son in Bathroom
Douglas Vanlaningham
as Park Employee
Zan Naar
as Fantasy Woman/New Wife
Marcell Rentemeister
as Base 21 Guard
Noa Geller
as Base 21 Guard
Mike Dolan
as Fight Bystander
Robin Mervin
as Fight Bystander
Taylor Glascock
as Fight Bystander
Ivan Lovegren
as Screaming Father
Berndett York
as Screaming Mother
Lia Moore
as Little Princess
Steve Fode
as D Team Leader
Tim Beardon
as D Team Member
Erik Saari
as D Team Member
Nikita
as D Team Member
Edgar Pevsner
as D Team Member
Trent Busenitz
as D Team Member
Joshua Salvati
as Alternate Son
Annabella Salvati
as Alternate Daughter
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Critic Reviews for Escape From Tomorrow

All Critics (81) | Top Critics (30)

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.

Nov 14, 2013 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

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.

Oct 31, 2013 | Full Review…

Suggests an R-rated Twilight Zone episode with a twist of Fellini-lite, in a trite film school kind of way.

Oct 25, 2013 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

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.

Oct 24, 2013 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

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.

Oct 14, 2013 | Full Review…

[A] creepy, inventive, nearly successful little movie ...

Oct 11, 2013 | Full Review…
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Audience Reviews for Escape From Tomorrow

It's almost like The Shining, but instead of a hotel, is Disneyland. A truly audacious and provocative film (maybe the first film to do so in a such powerful way in a long time and that might take another long time do see other effort like these), bringing a surreal and darkly humour and series of odd/creepy scenes. Sometimes the movie shows a poor chroma key in daylight, it's censure itself and bring in one scene an (probably) involuntary comedy. Escape From Tomorrow is an unique ride by Guerrilla Cinema, surreal creepy horror-fantasy, B-Movies, mad scientist pictures, Disney characters and the list continues without stop. Also very bold for bring the name Disney and Siemens as part of an evil plan. Randy Moore made what a lot of people call "The movie that in any logical reason should exist!" (With this phase of course is a picture that you must see) and probably the also called "The ultimate guerrilla film". Actually, I would give a three and half stars, but for being so goddamn audaciously bold and for being the first 'Disney movie' (without being MADE by Disney, but involve it) that I like in a really long time, I would give four stars. Walt Disney actually would enjoy Escape From Tomorrow, because the company that he create made really worst things in the last years, that an unauthorized cult horror independent film. This is a true MUST SEE. Fresh.

Lucas Martins
Lucas Martins

Super Reviewer

½

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.

Greg S
Greg S

Super Reviewer

'Escape From Tomorrow'. An overtly sexualised mid-life crisis through the mind of a bored man. Admire how it was filmed. The result, /shrug

c0up  
c0up  

Super Reviewer

½

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. fastfilmreviews.wordpress.com

Mark Hobin
Mark Hobin

Super Reviewer

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