The most provocative film of Sundance 2013, “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 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 enchanted castles and fairytale princesses. Soon, the manufactured mirth of the fantasy land around him unravels into a surrealist nightmare of paranoid visions, bizarre encounters, and an obsessive pursuit of a pair of sexy teenage girls. Chillingly shot in black & white, “Escape From Tomorrow” dissects the mythology of artificial perfection while subversively attacking our culture’s obsession with mass entertainment.
Never having been to Sundance, I had no idea a movie like this premiered there. Guerilla filmmaking is nothing new, but Escape from Tomorrow has definitely turned that style of shooting into its own art form.
The Walt Disney Company is well known for being slightly maniacal when it comes to control of its brand, so getting away with shooting something like this within the parks without permission is a feat in itself. Even if it’s a bad movie (visuals look interesting, but the acting, how should I say this, doesn’t) it still gets point in my book for managing to do that.
So far, Escape from Tomorrow is getting an October 11 limited release, but, like many a commentator on this video has suggested, I seriously doubt it will get much more than that (See above: Disney is maniacal). However, I fully expect the film to pop all over the internet any day now.
Escape from Tomorrow stars Roy Abramsohn, Annet Mahendru, Elena Schuber, and Katelynn Rodriguez.