Thursday, June 26, 2014

Escape From Tomorrow (2013)

Escape From Tomorrow made a lot of noise last year when it was said that the movie was filmed at Disney World, without the permission of the Disney Company.  Have to say that the film-makers had a lot of balls.  Luckily, Disney didn't sent out their lawyers to cease-and-desist the film.  Thinking that doing such a thing will bring attention to the film.

Of course the movie was shot guerrilla style.  Most of the actors had to remember their lines, since they couldn't re-shoot anything.  And even though there was some green screen shots, it didn't hurt the film that much.  I really don't want to say it had a  Lynchian  feel because it was black & white, but it did have some nightmare-ish parts in which a David Lynch fan like myself, really enjoyed.

The movie opens up with Jim, who's on the phone with his boss, while on holiday.  He is told that he is being let go.  Without wanting to alarm his family, he decides to hide it from them and just enjoy his last day on vacation.

While roaming around Disney World, Jim takes a fancy on two teenage girls from France.  Of course this is the beginning of a creepy obsession.  Jim tries to enjoy his vacation, but while riding "It's A Small World" (I believe), Jim starts having hallucinations.  After that, Jim takes his son to the Buzz Lightyear ride.  Jim once again, sees the French girls and follows them around the park.  Because of this, Jim makes a lot of questionable decisions (like taking his 7 yr old son to Space Mountain).  There are also some odd characters that Jim meets, like the man in the motor cart and the lady with the heirloom necklace.  By the end of the film, things really start getting crazy for Jim, as thing begin to unravel about the "Happiest Place On Earth".

I really enjoyed the weirdness and craziness of Escape From Tomorrow.  The acting was pretty good.  I sort of felt for Jim.  He losses his job while on holiday.  His sex life doesn't look to well.  And he has a son who disobeys him.  These are some things that I fear about life.  I don't want to say I can relate, but more that I understand.  You can watch the film on Netflix, and if you enjoyed it, I'm pretty sure you can find the DVD at many retail stores.  So if this movie interest you, check it out and just kick back.  It's the best way to enjoy this film.