For those that haven't heard by now, Escape From Tomorrow is an indie film that was filmed on Disney's premises without permission. The hype surrounding the film is astounding as most people cannot believe it was made without Disney's permission.
The film's story is about a dad and his family's last day at Disneyland. We start off with the main character, Jim, getting fired and as the day goes on, he begins an extremely slow decent into madness. Even though there is a lot of high fives and backpats for the crew, especially from the independent crowd, does this necessarily equal a good film?
Let's find out.
First off, even though the film is shot guerrilla style, it looks fantastic on location as you can tell that they spent the time in post production to get most of those on location shots right and not come off as some home video uploaded to YouTube. The black and white add a layer to the film that increases the uneasiness of it all and provide you with a sense of danger.
With that said though, there are some green screen effects that come off extremely obvious and unintentionally funny (depending on how you see CGI), but perhaps that was intentional to take you back to the 50's as the film wants to with it's Disney surroundings and dive into your childlike imagination that you might have forgotten.
The story itself is ok, but it is such a slow burn. It's not that a slow burn is a bad thing for a film; as a matter of fact it works out at points. It's just that it's misadvertised as a fast paced film when all the "action" shots are in the trailer. On top of that, there is a subplot in there that is about our protagonist fantasizing about underage girls that comes off extremely creepy and plays off in the end, but it makes no sense (insert Todd Solondz Happiness joke here).
The acting though will be the thing that makes or break a film like this and though it didn't break it, it certainly didn't make it. Our protagonist Jim, played by Roy Abramsohn, is the only decent one of the cast (except for the last 1/3rd through the film where it gets played wacky). The rest of the cast are alright but are hardly in it and when they are, their cliches become too over the top.
Overall, Escape From Tomorrow is a slow, tedious look at one man's Mission Impossible like intro into depravity. If you can withstand through it, you'll get a few kicks out of the Disney jabs and applaud the filmmakers on their atmosphere and triumph of guerrilla filmmaking. But if you can't, then I would recommend skipping it.
This is only my opinion, what's yours?