Parallels: Enter the Building!

Hello everybody! For this week’s movie club, we have an interesting time-travelling Netflix gem, Parallels.

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DIRECTED BY: Christopher Leone 

STARRING: Mark Hapka, Jessica Rothe, Eric Jungmann, Constance Wu

GENRE: Science fiction, Adventure

YEAR: 2015

COUNTRY: United States

maxresdefault (3)Parallels is a science-fiction adventure series that follows the story of a small band of people traveling across parallel earths. The group is led by an estranged brother and sister, Ronan and Beatrix Carver, who are looking for their father. What they discover is that their family is shattered across multiple earths. The question is: can they put their family back together again?

You know, sometime perusing through Netflix can be a complete waste of time. Then again, there are times where you snag a special gem. This is one of those times. Parallels is an interesting time travel/parallel universe tale that takes us into the modern age. The characters explore two separate parallel universes, one where the world is essentially a wasteland while the other is the exact opposite, as technology has advanced twenty years. The story itself is actually rather interesting, with the building staying as a constant across the worlds. Parallels was originally created to be a pilot to a television series, but the idea was scrapped and turned into a movie. Push it back into a TV series, it will be great.

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What exactly are you getting yourself into when watching Parallels? Well, be prepared to be confused. The actors don’t necessarily do a fantastic job with their performances, as they feel very two-dimensional and flat. What exactly was the point if you aren’t going to give it your best? The most satisfying part about the film is that even though you may be confused and bored, the actors/characters feel the same way. The creators should have stuck with their idea of making this a television series, as it has the means. Unfortunately it falls just short.

PROS:

  • Interesting plot.
  • Modern day time travel/parallel universe theories.
  • Both universe designs.

CONS:

  • Confusing.
  • Main cast performance.
  • Feels more like a TV pilot than a film.

SCORE: 6.0 / 10

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