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Escape From Tomorrow (2013)

Roy Abramsohn , Elena Schuber , Randy Moore  |  Unrated |  DVD
2.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (115 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Roy Abramsohn, Elena Schuber, Katelynn Rodriguez
  • Directors: Randy Moore
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Random Media
  • DVD Release Date: April 29, 2014
  • Run Time: 90 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 2.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (115 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #18,147 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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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.

Special Features -
(2) Commentaries
-Writer/Director Randy Moore and Cinematographer Lucas Lee Graham
-Actors Roy Abramsohn and Elena Schuber in Character
The Making of Escape From Tomorrow
Theatrical Poster Gallery
Escape From Tomorrow Trailer

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23 of 27 people found the following review helpful
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This certainly isn't a film for everyone, but it's really more of an abstract piece than a narrative. For those that don't know about how the film was made, much of the footage was taken "under cover" at Walt Disney World and at Disneyland, including on actual rides. Just the fact that they were able to do this without Disney catching them is extraordinary when they had to do many takes of each scene, particularly on the rides (you will never see "It's A Small World" the same again!). It's also amazing that they were able to get this kind of image quality and look using nothing but natural lighting - anyone who knows anything about video can tell you that this is extremely difficult and admirable.

If you appreciate the Disney parks and have a quirky sense of humor, and appreciate more avant-garde film, it's a fun and interesting film. If you are looking for some Hollywood made horror film, you won't see it. Honestly, if you like the parks, just the neat park footage and again, particularly the on-ride footage (Snow White, Big Thunder, Mexico's boat ride, and Small World), is a treat - and the effects in "It's A Small World" finally make it the creepy ride we all know it really is, LOL. The amount of inside jokes and clever inserts (people on dang go-carts plowing through people in the park, what's really under Spaceship Earth, etc.) really make a big Disney park freak get a little extra, too.

This is a decisive film, either you get it, or you don't, either it's for you, or it isn't - it was for me, I really enjoyed it - and will definitely watch it again and show it to friends. Go in with realistic expectations and a love of avant-garde cinema, and it's a curious film to watch which I really don't regret purchasing. You may wish to rent instead if you aren't sure, but if I had just rented it I would have come back to buy it after because it really is very clever.
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When I first heard about this I thought it was an amazing idea. I still think that. Filming much of a movie without Disney's permission on site is very clever. I disagree that it's particularly courageous/difficult (most scenes are not terribly long and without the number of people filming at Disney I'm not at all surprised somebody could pull this off); it's just something most people don't think of doing.

This is of course what gained the film notoriety and indeed is the only thing really of note. The rest of the movie is a combination of strange/silly/weird. Some of the green screen scenes made no sense, nor was I convinced that they had to be done on green screen (and the use of it was obvious, even though monochrome is more forgiving of green screen, I have to imagine).

I am really struggling to give this 3 stars, but will if only because the score of the film is decent enough, plus the aforementioned idea. The movie itself did not hold the weight of its hype, however.
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Director Randy Moore filmed Escape from Tomorrow entirely at the Disney World and Disneyland theme parks. As he did not have permission to do so, he used meticulously planned guerrilla tactics in order to shoot the film without being caught. The actors kept the script on their iPhones. The crew used handheld cameras and dressed as park visitors. Scenes were blocked and rehearsed several times in hotel rooms before shooting, and dialogue was recorded using digital devices which were taped to the actors. The film was also shot in monochrome, in order to avoid lighting issues. No one ever suspected the cast or crew of foul play. In this respect, Escape from Tomorrow is an incredibly risky one of a kind achievement. Randy Moore was afraid that Disney would find out about his little experiment, and so he edited the film in South Korea. The film was released at Sundance, and word of mouth spread quickly.

Ultimately, the unorthodox history behind the making of the film would prove to be far interesting than the film itself.
Escape from Tomorrow tells the story of Jim White, who finds out that he has lost his job on the last day of his family vacation at Disney World. He decides to keep it to himself, so that his wife, his son, and daughter can have a fun time without all of the drama. As he and his family ride the monorail to the park, Jim catches sight of two young Parisian girls – two little Lolita’s that he will soon become obsessed with. Make no mistake, Jim is a disturbed man. While riding the “Small World” attraction, Jim begins to hallucinate. The cherub-faced animatronics begin to grow fangs, smiling evilly at Jim as he passes by. Later, Jim catches sight of the Parisian girls once again, and follows them to Space Mountain, where he forces his son to ride.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Surrealistic head-trip April 22, 2014
After I sat down and watched this film, I decided to get online and read a few reviews. Interestingly, people are mostly very adamant about either loving it or hating it…I didn’t find too many reviews that were neutral. I can see why some might balk at the idea of this film; after all, it basically ‘attacks’ a wonderland that is dubbed ‘the happiest place on Earth’. But what many of the naysayers may not realize is that the movie is a parody, and it is not meant to be taken literally. This is even discussed in a ‘Making Of’ featurette in the Special Features. I personally loved the film, and I’m recommending everyone out there give it a shot, if anything to see what all of the discussion is about.

As an independent filmmaker myself, I have to tip my hat to director Randy Moore. He shot the film guerrilla-style inside of Disneyworld and Disneyland, and as a result, was able to achieve a monumental feat. If you are not familiar with the word, ‘guerrilla’ in terms of filmmaking basically means he didn't have permission to use the location or images he was filming. He and his team bought tickets to the parks and then quickly shot their scenes amidst all of the visitor chaos. The finished product is a remarkable testament to working hard to chase a dream.

ESCAPE FROM TOMORROW is shot surprisingly well, considering most of the footage was obtained using Canon DSLR cameras. I am impressed with the lack of shakiness in each scene, especially those filmed on the rides. This makes the movie so much more enjoyable and allows the audience a deeper immersion into the film.

The acting is very good as well. Roy Abramsohn and Elena Schuber do a great job as the bickering parents, but the kids really steal the show for me.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Nice Idea Wasted
The best thing about “Escape from Tomorrow” is its trailer. At least the trailer looks fine, promising something unusual – dark fantasy in Disney World. Read more
Published 9 hours ago by Tsuyoshi
5.0 out of 5 stars A Masterpiece of their own...
It's a great movie, it make you think, has you ever wonder if truly Disney Employee are that happy? what is behind closed door? Read more
Published 11 days ago by Talia Barrozo
1.0 out of 5 stars This is quite possibly the WORST movie I've EVER seen
This is quite possibly the WORST movie I've EVER seen. Bad doesn't even begin to describe it. I get that it was filmed on the sly in the park and I get that it's referencing urban... Read more
Published 15 days ago by Book Lover Mama
1.0 out of 5 stars Don't waste your money.
What a mess of a movie. So not worth the hype. The only thing it has going for it is the manner in which it was filmed. Everything else, writing, acting, directing.. Read more
Published 18 days ago by Brian C.
3.0 out of 5 stars My favorite part was seeing how they made multiple disney parks ...
This is a bizarre movie and a bizarre concept, however I think that was the point. My favorite part was seeing how they made multiple disney parks look like one park.
Published 18 days ago by Samuri28
1.0 out of 5 stars Total Crap
Not at all what I thought it would be. I can't believe I sat through the whole thing, it was terrible! The reviews on the cover were totally misleading. Read more
Published 19 days ago by Paul Spatola
5.0 out of 5 stars A GOOD Trip
Strange, bizarre… All the negative reviews have these words but I use them as accolades. I knew nothing about this going in, but this film has the same hypnotic quality as the best... Read more
Published 26 days ago by Zebba-9
1.0 out of 5 stars worst impossible
It is the worst movie I've ever seen it's dum, boring the worst b/w movie you can imagine, the makers really didn't have anything to do and they really had to finish the contract... Read more
Published 27 days ago by Pen Name
1.0 out of 5 stars Seriously?
This is absolutely THE WORST movie I have ever seen. Long. Boring. No plot. This is not artistic. This is ridiculous. Read more
Published 27 days ago by B. Litton
1.0 out of 5 stars Dumb and boring as hell !
I waited to watch on Netflix for free. Glad I did because I wouldn't pay a dime to see this movie. In black and white for whatever reason, just had no plot. Read more
Published 28 days ago by Mona Lisa
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