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Escape From Tomorrow.

This movie has not been seen by me, and really hasn’t been seen by many other than a few showings at Sundance this year. But it’s been getting a lot of press recently since then, which has now come to my attention (a.k.a The GhostlifeGhostlife newsdesk) via one of my sources in the field with his ear to the ground (and easy access to CNN’s web page). It looks like this movie may never actually see the light of day, because Disney and it’s heavy hand may strike it down, considering it was filmed without permission and unbeknownst to them in their famous Disney World theme park in Orlando. Or maybe it’s because the movie is basically a surreal neo-noir horror story of a man being overtaken by the darkest of thoughts, possibly triggered by his stay at the overwhelming consumerist world of Disney World. Of course this movie may not be very good if we ever even see it. The LA Times did call it “one of the strangest and most provocative movies this reporter has seen in eight years attending the Sundance Film Festival“, but overall reviews have been mixed and the only clip out there (see below) doesn’t leave much of an impression (although does get the point across as to what the film is about). So really the reasoning for this post is to point out that in the very least, it’s quite an interesting story, which is expanded upon a bit in this CNN article. As some have been commenting, this may be of the rare examples of “guerilla filmmaking”, when a few young aspiring cinephiles sneak past the pearly gates of one of America’s biggest companies, institutions and tightest run ships. After it’s Sundance premiere, Drew McWeeny from Hitflix had this to say:

“It is not possible that this film exists. It is not possible that they shot long scripted sequences on the actual rides. It is not possible that I just saw a film in which it is suggested and then shown that the various Disney princesses all work as high-priced hookers who sell their wares to wealthy Asian businessmen. It simply cannot be true. I grew up in Florida, and I have been going to Walt Disney World my entire life. I worked at that park. I’ve been there as a child, as a teenager, as an employee, and as a parent. I’ve done Disney sitting on my father’s shoulders, and I’ve done the Disney parks with my kids sitting on my shoulders. It is a huge part of my DNA, and I can tell you that there is no way Randy Moore pulled off what I saw tonight. It is a film that should not exist by any rational definition. And yet … not only does it exist, but it’s fascinating.”

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