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Escape from Tomorrow 2013

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Shot guerrilla-style on-site at the world famous theme park, a middle-aged father's idyllic family vacation quickly unravels into a surrealist and darkly comic nightmare of paranoid visions, bizarre encounters, and an obsessive pursuit of a pair of sexy teenage Parisians.

Starring:
Roy Abramsohn, Elena Schuber
Runtime:
1 hour, 30 minutes

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Genres Fantasy, Horror
Director Randy Moore
Starring Roy Abramsohn, Elena Schuber
Supporting actors Katelynn Rodriguez, Jack Dalton, Danielle Safady, Annet Mahendru, Lee Armstrong, Kimberly Ables Jindra, Trey Loney, Amy Lucas, Alison Lees-Taylor, Jakob Salvati, Mark Able, Anthony Oporta, Lex Edelman, Clifton Perry, Rebekah Cobaugh, Gina Groce, Eli Jane, Amy Bloom
Studio FilmBuff
MPAA rating NR (Not Rated)
Captions and subtitles English Details
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Format Amazon Video (streaming online video)

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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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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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I admit it. The bad reviews had me so intrigued, I had to watch a little of this "movie". I hadn't planned on watching the whole thing but somehow I did. Knowing it was bad helped me get through the first part, ok midlife crisis yup got it, pervy older man following around 12 year olds with either one or the both of his kids in tow, cheats on his wife, going a bit delusional/paranoid, some things make no sense, bad acting, even worse cinematography check check check and more checks. Closing in on the ending got a bit weird but ok whatever I knew from reviews this was no intellectual philosophizing artsy film. But the very end was unnecessarily gross. And you can try and give me a reason like it was artistic or horror or dark humor or a strange roundabout social commentary of the world we live in today or some other made up reason. No, that scene was overly gross for the sake of being overly gross period. Completely unnecessary and made a bad film even worse. I have never been more glad to be a Prime member and was able to watch for free...even that was too much. Awful film.
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Too bad there aren't any negative stars. While I find what Director Randy Moore tried to do, filming "Escape from Tomorrow" at the Disney World and Disneyland theme parks using guerrilla tactics as he did not have permission to do so, that admiration was not enough to forgive the bad acting, atrocious dialogue and lack of any true storyline. The movie was filled with sexual innuendos and scenes that strongly inferred pedophilia, as the protagonist follows two young girls around the theme park and daydreams about sex with them. The movie may fall within the fantasy genre, as well as soft porn, but not horror. While I do not feel it is necessary to have blood and guts (ala' "Saw" or "Final Destination") to be called a horror flick, there should be something that strikes fear in the protagonist at the minimum, and should be observed by the viewers. The so called 'cat flu' was apparently supposed to be the horror aspect but was just plain stupid. I literally had to force myself to finish this movie and was hoping to find something redeemable in it because of the filming tactics. But I couldn't, and that's an hour and forty-four minutes of my life that was totally wasted.
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This would be now the worst movie I have seen in some time. I was fooled by the allure of making DisneyWorld the backdrop of a horror flick. This is a bad Twilight Zone episode dragged out for an hour and a half. SKIP THIS!
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