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Movie review: 'Escape From Tomorrow' a disjointed, dark look at Disney

Published October 25, 2013 11:49 am

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The existence of the surreal horror drama "Escape From Tomorrow," largely shot on the sly at Walt Disney World without Disney's knowledge, is much more interesting than what happens in it.

A typical family of four goes on vacation in Orlando, but the father, Jim (Roy Abramsohn), is stressed by news that he's lost his job — and by his desire to keep up a brave front for his wife, Emily (Elena Schuber), and their two kids (Katelynn Rodriguez and Jack Dalton). Walking around Disney World, though, Jim notices two nubile French teens (Danielle Safady and Annet Mahendru) and is noticed by a mysterious woman (Alison Lees-Taylor) who knows the dark secrets behind the princesses' fake smiles.

Writer-director Randy Moore taps into a deeply jaded view of the Magic Kingdom that's figuratively (and literally) black and white, as Jim sees sinister faces in the "It's a Small World" singing figures and a diabolical plot at the heart of Epcot Center.

But Moore's herky-jerky narrative, reflective of the guerrilla shoot on Disney property, gets lost in its own desire to find the evil underbelly of Mickey's perfect, plastic world.

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'Escape From Tomorrow'

Opens Friday, Oct. 25, at the Tower Theatre; not rated, but probably R for nudity, sexuality, violence and language; 90 minutes.