Beyond Fright Review: ESCAPE FROM TOMORROW

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While the massive amounts of hype surrounding Randy Moore’s ESCAPE FROM TOMORROW might have hit some pretty large proportions, the question from the beginning has always been: is it the film just that hype, or does it surpass the “WOW, THEY SHOT THIS IN DISNEY WITHOUT ANYBODY KNOWING?!”. While the actual filming of the movie will most likely be a trailblazer for other people shooting very guerrilla style, the film unfortunately just doesn’t quite hit its marks, leaving you wondering why it was so “dangerous” to begin with.

Told in somewhat of a surrealist fashion, ESCAPE FROM TOMORROW follows a man and his family on their vacation to Disney. After getting the axe at work, the man begins to slowly lose his mind while at the theme park, and begins to feel his mind unravel. He sees the rides for what they really are, becomes enthralled with two under-aged girls, and even uncovers the fact that the Disney princesses are top notch call girls to older businessmen. While all of this might seem like the ingredients for a good Lynch-ian examination of a man’s sanity and also how most things are never what they appear, the film never quite amounts to anything but traditional surrealist shots, and a confusing time. While the cinematography is quite good looking, the plot of the characters’ motives and actions never make sense, whatsoever.

As the film goes on, the darker everything gets and eventually, it heads into “I have no clue what is going on” territory, making you wonder if there was ever a plan with the film, or if it was made up as they went. As soon as you get past the “shot in Disney” shtick, there isn’t much left, aside from witches, insanity, and one weird twist of an ending involving something you never quite see coming. In fact, if one thing does stand out about the film, it IS the fact that you NEVER see a single thing coming. While it would have been great to have a strong narrative film made in the same secretive fashion, plot is second to visuals, and while some other films dealing with insanity and surrealism can be successful with that angle, you find yourself never being on board with Jim and his vacation of craziness.  Mixed in with the rides, the oddity of a plot, and some real left turns, ESCAPE FROM TOMORROW is just the movie that was secretly filmed,  and sadly, not much more.

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