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- 1 hr 39 min
Alternate Realities is a sci-fi thriller movie directed by Amir Valinia and released in 2014. The film centers on the story of John Rotit, a renowned astrophysicist, who after the tragic loss of his family, delves into the world of parallel universes and alternate realities to try and rewrite his past. The lead character, John Rotit, is portrayed by Christopher Judge, who is best known for his role as Teal'c on the science fiction TV series, Stargate SG-1. Tom Sizemore, who has worked in iconic films like Saving Private Ryan and Heat, plays the role of John's colleague and friend, Brian. Bonnie Gayle Sparks rounds off the cast as John's wife, Angela, who is killed in a car accident that haunts John throughout the film.
The movie begins with a flashback sequence that establishes John's happy life with his wife and young daughter. Tragically, a car accident takes the life of Angela and their daughter, leaving John devastated and lost. Searching for answers, John turns to his work as an astrophysicist and develops a theory of parallel universes, which he believes will allow him to travel back in time and alter past events.
John's obsession with his theory leads him to withdraw from the world around him and become increasingly isolated. However, his colleague Brian convinces him to present his theories at a conference, where they catch the interest of a wealthy businessman, Klaus Meisner, played by Nathan Reid. Meisner offers to fund John's research and provides him with the resources he needs to experiment with traveling through parallel universes.
As John delves further into his research, he realizes the dangerous consequences of altering past events. He starts to question the morality of his actions and the impact they could have on his present and future. Things become more complicated when John discovers that Meisner has ulterior motives for funding his research and that he may not be the benevolent benefactor he appears to be.
The film adeptly balances the science-fiction elements while also exploring John's psychological state, and how his loss has affected him. The story and the themes it explores are bound to resonate with anyone who has experienced grief and loss, making the film more relatable than the average science fiction thriller. The director Amir Valinia does an impressive job of keeping the audience fully engrossed in the film and the characters' struggles. The idea of parallel universes is well presented, and the special effects used to depict the parallel worlds are well executed.
The film's editing is commendable, with the narrative seamlessly flowing between the different timeliness and events. The cinematography captures the eeriness of the alternate dimensions and represents the film's themes thoughtfully. Christopher's performance is mesmerizing, as he beautifully portrays the character's gradual descent into madness as he continues to push the limits of his research.
Tom Sizemore also brings his acting chops to play in his supporting role as Brian. He delivers a nuanced performance and provides the much-needed levity in a film that otherwise mainly explores the themes of loss and alternate realities. Bonnie Gayle Sparks gives a heartwarming performance as Angela, John's wife, and her scenes are emotional.
All in all, Alternate Realities is a gripping sci-fi thriller that manages to go beyond the typical clichÃ©s of the genre by weaving in the themes of loss, love, and morality. With its strong performances, smart script, and excellent visual effects, the film keeps the viewers engaged from start to finish. The movie ends with a satisfying conclusion that brings the story full circle, leaving the viewers with much to ponder. It is a film that manages to be both entertaining and thought-provoking, definitely worth a watch.
Alternate Realities is a 2015 drama with a runtime of 1 hour and 39 minutes. It has received mostly poor reviews from critics and viewers, who have given it an IMDb score of 4.5.