Sunday 28 April 2024

REVIEW: Parallel (2024 Film) - Starring Danielle Deadwyler, Aldis Hodge and Edwin Hodge


Review by Jon Donnis

"Parallel" is a mind-bending sci-fi thriller that takes audiences on a journey through alternate realities. Directed by Kourosh Ahari and written by the talented team of Aldis and Edwin Hodge along with Jonathan Keasey, the film explores the complexities of grief, identity, and the mysteries of the multiverse.

The story follows Vanessa (Danielle Deadwyler), who seeks solace at her family's lake house following the tragic loss of her child. Accompanied by her husband, Alex (Aldis Hodge), and his brother, Martel (Edwin Hodge), Vanessa's attempt to find peace is shattered when she encounters a parallel version of herself. As she grapples with the existence of multiple universes, Vanessa must confront the possibility that these parallel gates hold the key to either releasing her from her grief or trapping her forever.

One of the film's greatest strengths lies in the stellar performances delivered by Danielle Deadwyler and Aldis and Edwin Hodge. Their portrayal of a family torn apart by tragedy is both compelling and emotionally resonant. Ahari's minimalist direction allows the audience to focus on Vanessa's journey, adding to the film's tense atmosphere.

"Parallel" is a sci-fi thriller that prioritizes storytelling over spectacle, making it a refreshing change for fans of the genre. Despite its relatively small cast, the film delivers a powerful punch, keeping viewers engaged from start to finish. The directing and cinematography are particularly strong, enhancing the film's eerie atmosphere.

While the plot of "Parallel" can be complex at times, its twists and turns keep viewers on the edge of their seats, prompting them to question the nature of reality, life, and death. However, the film's dialogue and writing are its weak points, occasionally detracting from the overall experience.

In summary, "Parallel" is a tense and thought-provoking sci-fi thriller that delves into the intricacies of alternate realities. What begins as a family's struggle with grief quickly escalates into a terrifying journey through the unknown. Despite its flaws, "Parallel" is sure to leave audiences questioning the mysteries of the universe long after the credits roll.

I score Parallel a decent 7.5 out of 10.

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