Escape From Tomorrow

2013

Escape From Tomorrow

Critics Consensus

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

56%

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Total Count: 84

25%

Audience Score

User Ratings: 6,843
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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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Audience Reviews for Escape From Tomorrow

  • Jun 26, 2015
    Man goes to Disneyworld and has a really depressing time. No, I don't recommend watching it ever, not even if someone pays you.
    Marcus W Super Reviewer
  • May 30, 2014
    I've been dreading doing this review ever since I finished this movie yesterday. I have no real idea why honestly. It's not like anybody reads these reviews, I do them because I enjoy writing them, but this seems like the type of movie where if you disliked it its fans will claim it's because you didn't understand it. There's a lot of that in the internet, and with the anonymous nature of it, some people think they can get away with saying horrid things just because you have a dissenting opinion. But that's another discussion for another day, and another website. What is there to say about this film? One thing I will say is that it's certainly not boring. The problem comes in the fact that this is a concept and nothing else. I'd like to say that the first 50 minutes, or so, of the movie are deliberately paced, but I can't. Nothing really happens outside of Jim constantly following some Parisian teenagers, like a pervert, and seeing surrealist visions as he's going on the rides at Disney World. Things start to get even crazier near the end, but by this point it's just simply too late. People made such a big deal about the film, and how it was shot, at Disney World without their permission, that I think people actually forgot that they hadn't seen the final product yet. I think it takes a LOT of balls to do what these people did, and how they actually pulled it off without any of the workers at Disney picking up on it. I have tons of respect for the cast and crew for managing to pull this off. But the fact of the matter is this, that there's nothing in this movie that a first year film student couldn't have done, and probably done it better as well. I can't imagine how long the script was, there's literally next to nothing going on in this film. It's all running in place until Jim is incapacitated by the security guards and taken to Epcot people, which is when the plot, if you can even call it that, starts to reveal the big picture. I'm not trying to shit on the effort made into actually pulling the film off without no one noticing. I''m just saying that the effort to pull it off wasn't made into putting together a great film that would make all of this effort worth it. I'm sure the film has a deeper social commentary about mass entertainment, as is mentioned in the description, and how Disney, as a corporation, will cover up horrible incidents in order to keep up Disney World's appearance as the happiest place on earth intact, that part I liked, but I just feel it's a hollow way to give the film some depth. It doesn't work, in my opinion, because it makes the mistake of thinking its pretentiousness is substance. It's just not. I hate to bring up the comparison again but this feels like something a first year film student would do. At least the student film would be much shorter than this. This isn't really that long of a movie, but when you don't have NEARLY enough content to fill that up, then it can be a very tedious experience to watch. Cut this film in half and I'm pretty sure it'd be better. It would be a marginal improvement, as the script would still be lacking, but an improvement nonetheless. The film wouldn't have felt so empty, at its core, if it was only 45-50 minutes long. Now onto the stuff I DID like. I did think the film was very visually inventive and it hearkened back to something right out of Hollywood's Golden Age, even right down to the score, which was light. At least the film got SOMETHING right. Even a blind squirrel finds a nut twice a day, I suppose. I think it's obvious that I REALLY didn't like the film. I even think I'm being generous in giving it 2 stars. That implies that it's ok or below average, at best. And I don't think that at all, I think it's a bad movie that took a lot of effort to plan out and to actually film. So, for that effort, and actually getting the film distributed without Disney suing their asses off, I give the film this score. But I didn't think this movie was good at all. People made a big deal about nothing, that's all I can say. Maybe this film will endure and stand the test of time...maybe in 20 years this will be considered a surrealist classic. Or maybe that's just my imagination playing tricks on me.
    Jesse O Super Reviewer
  • Apr 19, 2014
    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 M Super Reviewer
  • Feb 17, 2014
    'Escape From Tomorrow' (2013) is a story of a family's vacation to Walt Disney World Resort that spirals downward in absurdity. And like the story, the movie spirals down with it. As the film approaches its some-sort-of-a climax, you'd HAVE to be wondering how any of these bizarre occurrences really have to do with one another and why. I don't know if there was something I missed, but after watching this I was left unsure of what I really just watched. Nevertheless, the most shocking part of this whole movie really has nothing to do with the overall product, but more to do with how it was almost entirely filmed in the Disney World Resort without Disney's permission, whatsoever. Call it a gimmick, but that definitely takes some balls to do. In fact, I would be more interested to watch a behind-the-scenes documentary about the making of this movie than watch the actually movie for a second time. Nonetheless, and whether you're still interested, 'Escape From Tomorrow' (2013) really is a movie you should see for yourself and decide if it's good, bad, or just plain weird.
    Noah N Super Reviewer

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