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The Buzz:

 

     The first film from Randy Moore, the picture follows a family on their final day of vacation in Disney World theme park. Odd events surround the family in a sort of surreal psycho-horror manner that, coupled with the monochrome images and low moral character of the protagonists,  serves to maintain an unsettling - yet oddly amusing - atmosphere for the audience. As the family tries to both ignore and finally make sense of the disturbing things events transpiring around them they realize that even in a place like Disneyworld… “bad things can happen anywhere.”

 

 

 

 

Life of the Party:

 

     This is an art house film by every definition of the word. First off it’s likely the only place you’re going to see it in a theater (my local art house had only a single showing which I fortunately caught), and secondly it’s not the kind of movie that is going to appeal to mass audiences. For people who like to explore films like this that push the envelope of absurdity this is a great thing. There are lots of big budget films and even in the independent film market such movies are becoming more and more indistinguishable from Hollywood productions. Escape from Tomorrow will never be mistaken as a “professionally” made film and that sort of charm is great. 

 

     The big buzz about this particular film is that Moore and crew shot the vast majority of scenes within Disney World and Disneyland parks without permission or knowledge of Walt Disney Company proper. Using guerrilla filmmaking tactics to stay under the radar of the staff at the parks they managed to really capture the essence of the parks since none of it was staged. There are also more than a number of jokes within the film regarding avoiding being sued by the Disney Company. Additionally, as to avoid the gaze of the Sauron-like eye of Walt Disney the film was edited in South Korea and special effects added by the same South Korean team who did the Korean monster flick The Host

 

     Speaking of the gags, this is really a sort of dark comedy. My local art house noted to expect something along the lines of Eraserhead and I kind of get the connection they made after seeing it. The movie is a sort of roller coaster of disturbing occurrences or images and amusing tongue-in-cheek gags. I honestly haven’t seen anything like this in a VERY long time. It’s such a unique experience. 

 

Kids get EVIL when they don't get what they want...

 

Potential Hangovers:

 

     This is a low budget film and the first film by the writer and director. That means that from a technical perspective there is a lot wrong with it. Moore learned how to do green screen while editing the film and while making the movie black and white helps, it’s PAINFULLY obvious when the green screen is in use. It also doesn’t help that Moore is very dynamic with his camera work and the still green screen scenes make the film feel disjointed. The film also seems like a sort of roller coaster since the plot is almost like a number of smaller stories all happening to the same few people and never really get tied together. Do not, under any circumstances, attempt to find rhyme or reason in the various events throughout the runtime… you will likely end up with an aneurysm if you do. That being said, while all of these would be seen as huge detriments to many other movies - Escape from Tomorrow seems to own up to all of it and turn them all into indie charm that just further adds to the picture. But you should be warned just in case you aren’t capable of accepting these… quirks. 

 

Talk about Disney on the brain...

 

Atmosphere: Casual Gathering, Solo Experience

 

     As any art film it’s not really intended to be something you have on in the background. Not only is it so all over the place that you need to pay attention to what’s happening, but there are so many little moments or quick things that if you aren’t paying attention you’ll miss them (for instance I missed the guy in the corner of the screen get decapitated on Thunder Mountain the first time around). Finally as the credits roll the only response you’re like to have is for your brain to come crashing to a halt and go “WHAT THE FUCK DID I JUST WATCH?!” and it’s probably important to have a few people around who also experienced Escape from Tomorrow who you can attempt to futilely make sense of it all with. The film has had a very limited release in theaters as you can expect, and it likely will never get a wider one. Additionally it’s looking very slim it may ever hit DVD (because at that point Disney will likely step in). So… while I typically do not publicly endorse finding bootleg copies of films I will say that if it is not playing anywhere near you there ARE decent bootlegs on popular (arrrrgghhh matey) torrent sites. I don’t imagine Moore would mind so long as you’re not passing up seeing it in your local theater. 

 

 

Plus/Minus:

 

+ True art/indie film

+ Guerrilla filmmaking charm

+ Nothing ever like it

-Poor green screen effects

-May drive you insane if you think too hard about it. 

 

 

Drinking Games:

 

-Drink whenever someone’s face is distorted

-Finish a drink whenever the parents swap kids

-Take a drink any time you think a sequence is happening in the father’s head, finish the drink if you’re wrong. (first viewing only)

-Take a drink anytime there is any visual or verbal reference to a Disney film.

-Finish your drink any time the kids make you happy you don’t have kids (or that they aren’t yours).

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