Escape From Tomorrow
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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 -
-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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It's an interesting take on the collapse of a middle class, middle aged, middle manager. It seems that the film maker was trying to create a nightmare for the average 'successful' white male...and he succeeds very well. Themes of loss of potency, the breakdown of marriage, alienation of affection, and of the inevitability of death are plainly evident.
The protagonist, Jim, offers an everyman view of what it feels like to experience mid-life crisis. No longer able to maintain his lifestyle, he fantasizes about a myriad of escapist adventures. His wife, while not sympathetic, is at least competent and wary of what is occurring to her husband. She is not without resources, but seems unable to affect his deteriorating condition. Her best efforts seem aimed at preventing him from having too much fun...and one of the most revealing moments in the story are when she finally breaks herself, and how she directs her anger.
I can see why this is not for everyone. Neither was "Eraserhead". The feel was similar - a strange yet familiar environment upon which a man is thrust and begins to question his sanity, his purpose, and even his reason for being. It is indeed dark.
Finally, there are the hilarious, laugh out loud vignettes featuring naked women, infidelity, and the infamous 'cat flu'. There's a ton of interesting scenes inside the parks, and the rides.
As an aside, I find it difficult to believe that Disney was unaware of the goings on, given the excellent quality of the footage, and their known penchant for security and protecting their intellectual property.
There were a few plots going on - most of them interesting (to me), but some not. The main one is a traditional man's waning interest in his wife. The other main one is the ultimate paranoid being's delving into the age old question: "What's the worst that could happen in this situation?" The situation being, of course, being at a theme park...and the bad things that could happen on your visit.
My only beef is with the illness/es. They weren't very believable, but that could just be because of my decent amount of knowledge in the medical field. They might have worked in an episode of a Batman cartoon...but not here.
I'm not sure why a lot of Disney nerds and people hate on it to just to hate....But this film to me is beautiful, inside and out.
Shot exclusively on Disney property without permission, and shot for around a budget of half a million, this film is everything
I've ever wanted in a fresh Indie......The beautiful orchestra music throughout the film bring everything together, and the
downfall of the characters make this film one that I'll never forget.
Just because this film doesn't spell out the ending for you like most films, doesn't make it bad.
Go into it with an open mind, and you will see the indie masterpiece behind it....
If you think you can do better, then make your own film in a theme park with no permission.
Recommended...especially for anyone aspiring to make their own Indie film.