Parallel

 (5,355)5.81 h 44 min2020X-Ray16+
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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Isaac Ezban
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Aml AmeenGeorgia KingMark O'Brien
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SuspenseDrama
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English [CC]
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English
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Matthias MellinghausGarrick Dion
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prime memberReviewed in the United States on December 13, 2020
5.0 out of 5 stars
Glad I watched this.
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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.
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PKMetalReviewed in the United States on May 6, 2021
1.0 out of 5 stars
One of the least intelligent treatments of alternate universes I've seen
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This film starts with a great premise. Sadly, it doesn't come anywhere near fulfilling its potential due to some extremely shoddy writing.

My main complaint is that the characters react to their discovery in ways that make them unrelatable and unlikable. More importantly, these people don't feel authentic. Not only would no one I know behave like them, I have a hard time imagining that anyone would. There are some halfhearted efforts to make us feel sympathy towards them, but those are superficial, not to mention coming too late in the narrative to have the intended effect. The relationships feel forced. There's scene about blowing up a pile of money that's one of the dumbest things I've seen. (Seriously, who has dreamt of blowing up a million dollars since they were six??)

OK, so the characters are bad, but what about the science fiction element? Frankly, the writer didn't think that through, either. Alt worlds vary most in "creative" pursuits like music and art, we learn. Yet somehow that has little to no effect on architecture, city planning, or any other aspect that might keep worlds from looking and feeling identical. How many humans are children of artists or musicians? Entire family trees might exist or not because of art. And if you have different people in the world, you guessed it: everything else is probably different, too.

Later, without explanation, we also learn that some worlds DO vary in technology... but those worlds are superficially similar, too. We're told the tech is "world-changing" -- and it would be -- yet it comes from a world where the same old house and its attic still exist. That's just poorly thought out.

Never mind that these people are somehow able to walk into a parallel world and get a 5G connection on their phone.

As for the action, there is little to speak of. It includes people rolling around with a gun, which of course discharges. Amateur hour, there. Conflicts devolve into tedious physical scuffles and gun-pointing. In a movie about alternate dimensions, we deserve much better.

The ending is tacked on without any attempt at suitable explanation, almost like a focus group thought the main plot's conclusion was anticlimactic, which it was.

In short, this movie's a valiant effort, but it seems to have been written by someone who didn't nearly have the chops to pull off this high concept successfully or give us characters who weren't paper thin. I can't recommend Parallel even to people like me who really like movies about alternate dimensions.
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!Reviewed in the United States on December 21, 2020
2.0 out of 5 stars
Superficial thrills
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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.
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P A AReviewed in the United States on December 27, 2020
5.0 out of 5 stars
I too am glad I watched this.
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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.
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Tim F. MartinReviewed in the United States on April 18, 2021
5.0 out of 5 stars
Fantastic parallel universe thriller, very well made
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Parallel (2020), a Canadian science fiction thriller. Four college buddies sharing an old house they rent together, where they work on developing and selling apps. They are struggling. They almost make an app sale, but a rival makes a better offer and the company gives them an impossible deadline or it will buy from their rival.

Distraught, the team about to break up and go their own ways, they through a series of events find in a part of the house they didn't even know existed a mirror, one that titled a certain way allows whoever enters it to enter an alternate timeline where time flows differently (minutes here equal hours on the other side). The other side is essentially the same place, so at first they use the seclusion (the versions of the four friends there not aware this part of the house exists) to develop the app, the differing flows of time their "unfair advantage." The time flow difference allows them to develop the app and beat the deadline. I think it was one minute here equals three hours in an alternate timeline.

This succeeds brilliantly, but the four friends don't stop there, as they basically go on a crime spree in what they call the "alts," with different trips resulting in visits to different timelines (and thus letting them do the same crimes again and again).

Still not enough, especially for one of the friends, type A personality Noel (played by Martin Wallstrom) becomes focused on intellectual property theft, finding things that exist in the alts and "inventing" them in our timeline. First they start with artwork and artistic creations, but soon it is high tech inventions, some quite dangerous.

At first the other three are doing what Noel does, but some start to grow unhappy with what they are doing, either frustrated with what they find or feeling like frauds (or wanting to do things like find loved ones dead in their reality instead), all while Noel gets more and more ambitious, then ruthless.

The movie takes a dark turn and goes from a fun romp to gee whiz tech to a dark thriller. I think there was enough material for a limited series but it worked well as a movie. Very effective use of parallel universes and alternate timelines. Good production values, loved how there is a different color palette when the setting is their timeline or an alt.

There is a seemingly unrelated mini movie in the beginning of the film, with a doppelganger replacing someone in our timeline from what I can tell. This is important later.

Good movie! I recommend it.
10 people found this helpful
ShellyReviewed in the United States on December 24, 2020
1.0 out of 5 stars
Save your money and your time!
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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.
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KReviewed in the United States on February 8, 2021
4.0 out of 5 stars
I liked it!
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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.
9 people found this helpful
Sir Charles PantherReviewed in the United States on March 24, 2021
3.0 out of 5 stars
At Times Confusing
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The overall concept is good but the execution left my partner and me asking more questions than should be asked of a movie as it's spinning its cinematic yarn.

Synopsis: cool, hip, young Seattle coders all living together in a big old house discover a magic mirror that leads to multiple universes. Egos and greed emerge immediately and things go south quickly.

So, finding the mirror. These four folks never noticed that this house had an entire attic above them with no way to access it? And once they all start go change n' get famous n' rich n' all, why are they all still living there? Why did no one want to move the mirror to a new location? Why didn't they institute security around the mirror?

So they find multiple universes, but not necessarily parallel...but close enough. They borrow and steal from themselves and others in the other universes, for various reasons. And then some folks come through, or back, or, uh, I don't know. The light was a little funny in the other universes, so that was a little device to keep things more or less straight, but it doesn't always work. And it just got more and more confusing as more things got borrowed and ripped off from the other side. Soon enough folks start getting killed, and it goes from there.

But there is no time travel. Well, kind of. It's all contemporary but folks who leave our world spend a long time out there while it's just a short time here, so there is "temporal dilation," as the cool kids call it here. Eventually it all gets a little to hard to keep track of, and the narrative starts to become more confusing than intriguing. And the ending leaves a great big question mark.

Bottom Line: if you totally dig the whole multiverse concept and how that might play out with real people, take a watch and you'll probably dig it. But pay attention, because there is a lot going on and it sometimes becomes not that clear.
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