VIDEO: Escape from Tomorrow (2013)

Joey looks at the ultimate guerrilla movie Escape from Tomorrow, which was secretly filmed at Disney World and Disneyland without the permission of either park. It’s one of the most talked about movies of the year, and Joey finds out if it should be celebrated, or left in the catacombs at the happiest place on earth. Well, he does find out one thing: it puts to rest all those nasty turkey leg rumors at Disney.

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  • Muthsarah

    Almost saw this movie, maybe it’s best I waited, as most other reviews agree with your critiques. I still love the premise, but…well…maybe it’s so intriguing that it really has a lot to live up to, despite the small budget. I’ll still give it a look if Netflix gets it, but, yeah, something this un-subtle probably would have been a disappointing sit on the big screen.

    EDIT: Also, while the princess prostitutes and mind-control and kidnapping children sounds like it fits into the overall anti-Disney/corporate vibe, the teenage “pair-EE-zhan” girls don’t. Is that too spoileriffic, are they just there to make the guy look extra creepy and/or pathetic, or does it just not fit at all?

    • MichaelANovelli

      They fit. They’re just not part of the corporate puppet-master plot. They’re part of one of the other plots.

  • MichaelANovelli

    I’m afraid I must disagree with you, Joey. I found Escape From Tomorrow to be a Lynchian fantasia, and psychologically very rewarding. Also, as a guerilla filmmaker, myself, there are many perfectly legitimate reasons to include angles in shots other than “it looks cool!” They can make the viewer uneasy, getting them in sync with the character’s mindset, or they can hide something that would otherwise make for a continuity error. Or, maybe the director knew that the best way to hide a small budget was to make it as visually dynamic as possible.

    • tedzey71

      I admire that aspect of it, thinking about how many times they would have to go on rides for different takes since interviews suggested it was shot with one camera. Just never found it as rewarding as you did. To each his own.

  • John Wilson

    I didn’t really like it. Maybe it because I came into it expecting somthing like “Bioshock” or “Metropolis”. Or at least a straight up scary movie. It felt like a lot of it was underplayed and only got interesting near the end. I thought the two girls were just there. There many things I would had change as director. Though I am not too subtle when it comes to writing. The reason I like Lynch movies is there is always an interesting mystery going on. There always an oddness going on. And while a lot of Lynchs movies are fragmented. There at least a basic story(to me anyways:)

  • Gallen_Dugall

    I’ve read a half dozen reviews of this film that wren’t half so informative, interesting, or entertaining.