Film Review : Escape From Tomorrow (2013)

IMDB Score – 5.5
Rotten Tomato Score – 56%

Directed By – Randy Moore
Starring – Roy Abramsohn, Elena Schuber, Katelynn Rodriguez, Jack Dalton, Annet Mahendru, Danielle Safady, and Alison Lees-Taylor

In a world of fake castles and anthropomorphic rodents, an epic battle begins when an unemployed father’s sanity is challenged by a chance encounter with two underage girls on holiday.

Oh man. I didn’t see this coming whatsoever. I remember I posted the trailer for this last year and was excited as all hell to see it. Like what usually happens with me, I couldn’t make it out to the cinema to see it. I would have had to make the trip into NYC, but contemplated it a couple times before ultimately deciding I’d wait to see it on DVD. I’m so glad I did. I hated this movie.

Here’s the gimmick, and it is really only a gimmick. Director Randy Moore and his crew filmed most of this film in Disney World and Disneyland without the permission from either parks. I was the first to admit that is pretty awesome. That excitement faded five minutes into the film. I never really got the feeling that what I was watching was actually shot guerrilla style. It may have been, but the result was less than spectacular. I’ve never been to either parks as my parents decided they didn’t like wonder and fantasy so maybe the film would have affected me more if I had actually recognized the areas that they were filming in. It wasn’t the case. The gimmick that is the only thing holding this film up for me fell flat on its face. If the fact that this was filmed without Disney’s permission didn’t exist, nobody would have seen this movie, because nobody would have distributed it. It is a perfect example of a film school project that got wide audience due to unique circumstances.

Let’s try to break down this plot that doesn’t actually exist in the film. A family of four, highlighted by two of the most annoying parents you’ll ever see, spend a couple days at Disney World. The father gets a phone call saying he’s been fired from his job and then tries to have some fun at the park before he probably kills himself. During the fun time he is having, he is badgered by his horrid wife, hallucinates in “It’s a Small World”, and chases two 14 year old french girls like he’s trying to rape them eventually. None of that is a joke. That is the bulk of the film. There was no character development unless we were supposed to develop anger towards the actors playing these horrible people. There was no identifiable plot and if there was one I missed it because the film was all over the place. I appreciated that they decided to film the movie in black and white but I felt like I was watching the midterm film of student throughout most of the film. It was badly filmed, badly acted, and badly written. It was bad.

Is it a one of a kind film? Yes, it is. They really did film this at Disney without their permission. They really did have a hard time getting their shots due to the fact that they weren’t supposed to be doing what they were doing. All of that showed though. It was a rushed piece of garbage held up by one unique gimmick. Hopefully they made some money with this film for the work they put into it but the finished product was just crap. This film comes out on Netflix at the end of the month so you’ll have a chance to see for yourself but don’t expect anything other than a B-Film without any heart or creativity.


Suggested Viewing – I really don’t have any for this one…

^That is a child Jim. A CHILD!

2 thoughts on “Film Review : Escape From Tomorrow (2013)

  1. Good review. The gimmick was fine for a short while, but then it just seemed to go against the movie when it didn’t really have anywhere else to go with its story.

  2. I really liked the trailer for this, and I think that is the only thing I will like about this whole project. I have a feeling Disney isn’t going to be loosing a lot of sleep over this project. Great review. Your statement about it being just a gimick and nothing more is accurate

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