REVIEW: Escape from Tomorrow

31 01 2015

Escape from Tomorrow

Because Disney would never allow the filming of a nightmarish horror film on the grounds of its theme parks, Randy Moore had to shoot his film “Escape from Tomorrow” covertly.  The cast and crew, in order to avoid detection, remained practically indistinguishable from the average guest and their usual accoutrements.  The construction of the film is laudable, but too bad the final product turned out so lackluster.

As much as I wanted to admire and embrace the brashness of Moore’s guerilla filmmaking techniques, the story was just too generic and banal to engage on any level.  The 90 minutes of “Escape from Tomorrow” hardly feel like an escape from reality or even a mildly productive use of time.  They feel like the 90 minutes you can expect to wait in line for a ride at a Disney property; the only question worth asking is, “When will it be over?!”

Moore aims for surrealism with his filmmaking, yet it winds up feeling like he just completed a “Baby’s First David Lynch” kit.  Some of that might stem from the lackluster technology and less than ideal shooting circumstances, although he is certainly not helped by thinly-sketched characters running through a litany of tired scenarios.  Family vacations, job loss, marital tension, potentially unstable mind, a dash of magical realism … been there, done that.  No amount of brash production tactics can bail out a bad story, and “Escape from Tomorrow” even has brashness to spare.  C2stars