Jim, a middle-aged man, has just arrived in Disneyworld to experience the "happiest place on earth" with his wife and two children. On arrival,Jim learns that he has lost his job but he keeps the news secret from his wife, embarking on a full day of park hopping with his family. Enchanted by the fairytale princesses and whimsical atmosphere, Jim soon finds his pleasant family vacation unraveling into a surrealist nightmare of bizarre encounters lead by an obsessive and creepy pursuit of a pair of french teenage girls. Randy Moore's Escape from Tomorrow is an inventive and unique journey into madness that is undone by its muddled intentions. Shot entirely on location at Disneyworld using guerrilla tactics, Escape From Tomorrow is impressively photographed but its execution does not live up to its promising premise. The film does start strong, slowly peeling layers of darkness and perversion from this place known as the happiest place on earth. The last third of the film is what really struggles, becoming almost nonsensical almost like the filmmakers didn't have a conclusion to their story. This may be harsh criticism but it almost ends up feeling like a amateurish David Lynch impression. From what I could gather, Escape From Tomorrow is a somewhat shallow criticism of Disney's manufactured perfection. The film takes all the wholesome attributes associated with the Disney brand and subverts them, with perversely sexual imagery, unnatural aggression, etc. It's far from being a truly profound examination/ criticism of big business but I'd be lying if I didn't say I enjoyed this perversion of the family paradise Disney provides. Randy Moore's Escape From Tomorrow is fun enough, and I definitely enjoyed the ingenuity and imagery that Moore was able to create but unfortunately this is a film that's production and concept outshine its execution.
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