Escape from Tomorrow or Cat Flu is someting no one wantsI am a regular listener of the podcast Doug Loves Movies. A couple of weeks ago he had this guy by the name of Roy Abramsohn on. When Doug was doing intros, no one knew who he was either, but starts describing one of the most awesome movies that I only wish I had come up with and had money to do myself.
Basically the need to know was: It's a David Lynch family trip to Disney World.
That had me hooked! I love David Lynch type movies and I love Disney World! Now this movie is only really gaining momentum in the press because it was shot entirely gurriella style with a normal camera that they would allow at Disney World which is completely forbidden (Mainly because it's hella expensive to do that and Disney in their right mind would not allow it. By the way Disney let them release it and aren't charging them anything, so Disney isn't the bad guys you think they are).
The whole premise of the movie: Jim, played by Abramsohn (who if you look at his IMDB profile is that guy who is so familiar and in everything and by everything if you watched Weeds you know who he is!), finds out that he got fired from his job on the last day of his family vacation at Disney World. With that damper on the day, he still has to go through the process of the duties of a family at Disney World, deal with cranky kids, long lines, etc.
From there it really just depicts this guy unraveling in the most wonderful way and you just jump in there and experience it for yourself.
I really don't want to say anymore except that it twists and turns are so brilliant and so amazing that there is a reason that this is going to be a cult hit!
A couple of downsides, but completely understandable: Space Mountain. Jim and his son Elliot follow the cute French girls on to Space Mountain at Disneyland (They had to shoot at both parks for reasons.). They don't say that this ride in particular is Space Mountain, but there is a sign clearly stating it. I say this because in the next scene they make a big deal about going on Space Mountain. This time it's clearly the one at Disney World. I just point this out because it's only something that either 1) people who have been to both parks know that they are designed completely different or 2) you, like me, like finding continuity errors (I do both).
Another downside is the pace. It is very slow at the beginning, but then again the movie is a grand total 1hour 30 minutes. So it had that going for it.
Luckily if this movie is not in theaters near you it is available on VOD and iTunes (which is how I saw it).
I love movies like this one and there needs to be more. I can't wait to see what Randy Moore has up his sleeve next!