I wanted to see this one as soon as I heard about it. I heard how it was put together, using a pair of Canon 5Ds, they shot this film guerrilla style in Disney World and Disneyland. Now yes, there is copyright infringement all over this film, and it’s truly a wonder that Disney hasn’t pulled this thing, but it is also an example of how films can be mad nowadays.
Shot in black and white, with some shots planned out months in advance, as well as some use of green screen and some follow-up shooting on sets, this film is a truly dark comedy that follows one man’s descent into madness in the happiest place on earth.
Jim (Roy Abramsohn) is on holiday with his family, his wife Emily (Elena Schuber), and their two kids. On the morning of their last day, Jim receives a phone call from his boss, and finds himself unemployed. Keeping the news secret from his wife, he insists they enjoy one more fun-filled day at the park, but that’s not how things are going to turn out.
With demonic visions plaguing him, warnings of cat flu, and two young French women catching his eye, Jim’s day is getting worse and worse.
Some of this is not an easy watch, especially watching Jim eye up, what looks like two underage girls, and his fantasies of them, all while in the company of his wife and children.
It definitely taps into a darker vein, but there is a lot of humor at work here, and there are times where you are alternately disgusted by Jim, and moments when you feel sorry for him.
In the final third of the film, the movie wanders into some really bizarre territory, and it may be tough to follow, but it is very interesting, and shot of Jim being discovered in the morning is truly shocking.
There are weird things at foot throughout the film, as well as mentions of a number of urban legends that have sprung up around the Disney locations. The story of a decapitation, the cat flu, the turkey legs that aren’t, this film is mired in the legends surrounding the parks, as well as creating some of their own. Epcot, which I haven’t been to in years, has taken on a whole new look for me… which doesn’t mean I don’t want to go back and see it again sometime.
Both Abramsohn and Schuber are quite good together, and you do get the feeling that they have been together for a while, and it’s sad that the relationship they are playing is where it is.
Trouble abounds for this family… from the young French girls, to the Other Woman (Alison Lees-Taylor) who seems to have an agenda, not to mention a dark history with the park, the Siemens company who created the Epcot globe, and even Jim’s boss may have something to do with it.
This one is odd, dark, and weird, but I’m glad I saw it just for seeing what they shot, and figuring out the logistics in my head of how they got everything they needed.
Did you see it?