“Escape From Tomorrow” is an astounding film in that it was made almost entirely within the confines of Walt Disney World, shot with small digital cameras over the course of several days, with the crew being kept very small and their movements and actions clandestine, and most importantly, without being caught or stopped by anyone in the park. This is pure guerrilla film making, the current indie film movement encapsulated beautifully in black and white, and it truly is something beautiful to behold.
So it is a bit of a shame that the story itself really doesn’t hold up over the course of the movie. Sure things start really promising, with a family arriving at the Magic Kingdom for the final day of their vacation and with the father in the group hiding the fact from his wife and kids that he was just fired from his job, and as the day wears on he appears to be losing his mind in some sort of bad acid trip, which is not something one wants to experience in a theme park like this. And he starts getting eyes for some really young girls and finds himself constantly close to them, sometimes by accident, sometimes not. But the movie can’t really keep the story going for an hour and half without it feeling like it is spinning its wheels a little, and really the surreal park imagery doesn’t add up to much. You can hear my original full review of “Escape From Tomorrow” in this episode of Cinema Crespodiso.
Watch “Escape From Tomorrow” right here on the Netflix Watch Instantly and marvel at how they pulled this off with Disney knowing.