Escape From Tomorrow (2013)

Posted: June 27, 2014 in Joe Giambrone
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Another great concept that disappointed, like Spring Breakers

This one caught my attention due to its unique legal questions: shooting a guerrilla film inside Disney World. The film’s lawyer argued successfully that it was a parody, and it may be, but this may not have been the original inspiration – or intent.

What it seemed like for the entire first half was a tepid family vacation. The fantasy didn’t ramp up fast enough, and what fantastical elements there were didn’t seem central or convincing. It was like they didn’t believe in the fantastic enough to run with it, and so it was confined to the realm of family melodrama.

But then the second half came, and I almost flipped and reassessed my review. Things got out of hand, but perhaps lacking any internal logic. I’m afraid this script could have used a second opinion before they shot it. That’s a shame, because you only get one chance to skewer the big rat, and this one didn’t so much. The company was never really the antagonist; it merely provided the backdrop. Some shots made it appear like Disney was the root of the problem, but I didn’t find the theme well enough connected to the plot.

Much of the film involves the main guy lusting after a pair of young French girls. That really has nothing to do with Disney – now does it?

The two kids, however, really shine. Gotta give them props for filming a guerrilla movie all over a sprawling amusement park. I just wish there was more Cronenberg and Gilliam and less vacation photography.

3/5

 

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