Saturday, October 12, 2013

Escape from Tomorrow


'Escape from Tomorrow' made headlines earlier this year when it premiered at the Sundance Film Festival, but not because it's a good movie.  It's not. 

A typical American family vacationing in Walt Disney World and staying at the Contemporary spends the day at the Magic Kingdom and Epcot.  But this is anything but a typical day at the park.  It turns into a surrealistic nightmare.  Sounds pretty good, but it's not.  It's extremely amateur, with poor acting, similar to any home movie you might make with your pals.   But it does have the distinction of being the first film shot almost entirely in Walt Disney World (with some shots filled in from Disneyland as well.)  Filmed guerrilla-style, this film was made completely without the knowledge of The Walt Disney Company.  And that's the best part about it.  It's hard to believe that Disney hasn't used all of its muscle power to keep it from being released.  But apparently they have opted to not draw attention to it.

Keep in mind, this is not a family film.  It's not appropriate for children, as it contains sex, nudity, and violence.  But don't get excited adults, that doesn't make it any more fun.  Frankly, unless you're a big fan of Walt Disney World (and I am), and will appreciate it for the locations, and for the mere fact that the filmmaker actually pulled this off, you should steer clear.

You can see it now in limited release in theaters or, more easily, at home on Video on Demand.

Grade: B (though if it weren't filmed on location at Walt Disney World it would be a D-)

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