A group of friends stumble upon a mirror that serves as a portal to a "multiverse", but soon discover that importing knowledge from the other side in order to better their lives brings increasingly dangerous consequences.
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Reviewed in the United States on December 13, 2020
It's good y'all. Reminds me a little of Primer. Just enjoy it. It doesn't solve the world's problems. Not perfect but it is worth watching. I was entertained. I needed something new, unseen, to distract from everyday stuff even if it was just for a little while. Don't pick it apart.
Reviewed in the United States on December 21, 2020
Another reviewer compared this movie to 'Primer,' which warrants several viewings. This movie, however, one viewing is enough. Characters are shallow, immature, and uninteresting. Storyline moves quickly, but continual detours detract from and slow down the main thrust. Concepts that are central to the plot remain unexplained, such as how does a traveler select which parallel universe he or she enters? The idea of swapping out alternates for dead characters is novel. However, a main character seems to be able to select access to and communicate with selected multiple versions of himself, an idea which the characters determine early on they should not attempt. No explanation is provided.
Reviewed in the United States on December 27, 2020
I totally agree with the other reviewer who said "I am glad I watched this." , and "Don't pick it apart." Every movie does not have to be a masterpiece, and this one served the purpose of being great entertainment. It was very suspenseful and kept me interested. ALL the actors did a good job, and this is the second time in a few days I have seen Kathleen Quinlan in a movie on Amazon Prime- I Like her, good she's still acting.
I’m glad I watched this. Of course, I’m inclined to enjoy any movie that isn’t just caped superheroes flying around or big robots bashing each other but, rather, takes science fiction seriously.
In the past, I’ve categorically been against re-makes because I, personally, have never seen a movie re-make that was better than the original. The European versions of “La Femme Nikita” and “The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo” we’re far superior to the American copies, to name just a few. But, this is one movie I’d actually like to see re-made in a few years because I think it can be done so much better. The main four roles don’t need to be replaced by big stars — although I would appreciate it, visually, if they got two actors to play Josh and Noel who didn’t look so much alike; figuring out who was who was a little difficult, at first — but I would definitely like to see the script tightened up. There were a few jumps in the plot that weren’t really explained and there were as many plots holes as a block of Swiss cheese. It’s fine to say, “Enjoy the movie and don’t pick it apart” but a rational person can only hand wave away so much. There are many basic, logistical things that aren’t dealt with. It’s also not realistic how the rest of the world would react to the four main characters suddenly having so much personal success all at once. (I’m not referring to anything that isn’t already in the movie trailer, by the way.)
In any world, there would be investigative journalists and corporate spies from rivals tech companies all over these guys. The three of the four of them in tech, anyway. You can’t present the world with revolutionary technology that totally outstrips anything that we already have without being able to show your work. Or, for that matter, explain to your manufacturers how to make the thing. You couldn’t just take an iPhone to the 1950’s and expect someone to make one even though they could probably make all the parts because what makes cell phones work are other technologies that the cell phone works in cooperation with. In other words, when things get advanced enough, one piece of tech doesn’t work just in isolation. It works in concert with other things. So, there should have been more in the film about the four main characters dealing with the practical aspects of their actions.
There are some completely unnecessary scenes but then there are some parts of the film that have real emotional depth, like one between Devin and someone else. That was very poignant and elevated the whole movie. I really liked Devin’s storyline the best. His had the most heart and the most emotional resonance.
This movie had VERY strong elements. Two other reviewers commented that they were glad they took a chance on it, I too too am glad I did. The components of this movie were done well but not to their fullest potential. Acting was very strong, the camera work was intelligently done, and the underlying concept was unique and very compelling. All of these elements could have been utilized more to make this a truly standout movie. It has the makings to be a sci-fi cult classic while also being a smartly executed film. There is one point at the beginning of the second act where they make a decision that starts the downward spiral of the film although it still remains entertaining and interesting. They could easily add 30 minutes to this movie and rewrite the second act so that it makes for a far more engaging third act.
It's definitely worth watching as you will be greatly entertained and intrigued but the concepts it presents. Your biggest disappointment is that these ideas are not fleshed out more and the core premise is lost in the emotional character drama that takes over the film.
Reviewed in the United States on December 24, 2020
This was a terrible movie. They took a great premise, access to multiple parallel universes, and failed to develop any of the interesting possibilities. Instead it was like a bad, second rate, teenage murder movie. We didn’t even bother to finish it. What a waste - bad writing, bad acting, ridiculous holes in the plot - the writers couldn’t even take the time to think things through in terms of how people would really behave in these circumstances. Annoying & disappointing.
In watching a movie (or reading a story) like this you think, well what if they had done something better and different with it? It is, after all, a story about alternate time tracks. Its definitely worth watching, even paying 3.99 for. I did think that there could have been a more out there ending. But all this happening because they find a dusty old mirror? C'mon, where was the alt where they don't like amateurs disrupting the time streams - something truly terrifying and unknowable (like another mirror, the one in oculus), or maybe just an alt housing uniformed time cops whose job it is to keep a lid on this stuff.
Reviewed in the United States on December 26, 2020
At first it looks cool: they discover a time "portal" and it's "Through the Looking Glass" but pretty soon these adventures are not landing the viewer in "Wonderland" but in a tortuous and incomprehensibly rambling narrative that lacks wit, substance, or originality.
Save your money and don't bother: this is one "time waster" of a (lack of) adventure.