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Watching Movies - Parallel

Posted in Watching Movies by HeadlessCritic at 05:42, Sep 07 2019

Buffalo Dreams Fantastic Film Festival

Review of "Parallel" by The Headless Critic

Parallel – 2018

Production by: BRON Studios
in association with: Creative Wealth Media Financing

In the house four friends are renting an old woman Marissa (Kathleen Quinlan) disappeared never to be seen again. When the Josh (Mark O’Brien), Leena (Georgia King), Devin (Aml Ameen) and Noel (Martin Wallström) discover a hidden room in their new home they find why the previous tenant vanished. Through a mirror in the attic they enter parallel universes where only minor things have changed. Countries are still countries, states are still states, the president remains the same. The most likely events that may change are small everyday things like a movie that's been made. Tonight’s winning lottery numbers will never be the same as another universe. The every day events that led to a person that’s been killed might have changed meaning they may still be alive in a different universe.

In their rented attic these four friends have a doorway to a multi-verse where no matter who dies or what you do, you have a limitless amount of replacements. Kill someone? Enter the multi-verse and find their replacement. Ever wanted to blow up a million dollars? Take it from one multi-verse and blow it up in your own. But be careful when playing in world where you can get away with anything, a multiverse could drive you mad.

The third feature film from Mexico’s Isaac Ezban is his first English language feature. A powerful opening with Kathleen Quinlan leads into four good performances from a young cast in Wallström, Ameen, King and O’Brien who slide easily into different versions of themselves creating a true multiverse of characters within the movie. Ezban really impresses with this sci-fi, thriller using science fiction as a tool to a means of creating character relationships in a layered story. This continuation of good filmmaking will eventually land the horror director a big budget position in Hollywood but in the meantime he continues good storytelling with studio level production values on the independent scene.

Buffalo Dreams Fantastic Film Festival

4 out of 5 Headless Critics

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