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Conceptually audacious but only intermittently successful in execution, Escape From Tomorrow is nonetheless visually inventive and darkly surreal.
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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.
Suggests an R-rated Twilight Zone episode with a twist of Fellini-lite, in a trite film school kind of way.
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.
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.
[A] creepy, inventive, nearly successful little movie ...
An act of cultural vandalism, the feature film equivalent of drawing genitals on cute storybook animals.
Rather than in-depth satire on Disney and its effects on American culture, "Escape From Tomorrow" offers a series of potshots.
Unfortunately, this is a wasted opportunity.
Escape from Tomorrow often makes good on its aspiration to stick it to the man in the mouse suit, but let's not get carried away: Miley Cyrus is currently doing just that to much greater effect.
As a conversation piece for hardcore film buffs and Disney fans, it's a fascinating little curiosity -- but that's about it.
An incredible feat of satirical culture-jamming and gonzo movie-making, Escape from Tomorrow, for better or worse, won't be forgotten by those who agree to buy the ticket and take the ride
Anyone with a filmmaking background should watch the movie to see what real guerrilla filmmaking can accomplish.
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.
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.
'Escape From Tomorrow'. An overtly sexualised mid-life crisis through the mind of a bored man. Admire how it was filmed. The result, /shrug
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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