Parallel reality films get me going. They explore the always-present-in-my-mind suspicion that there is more to this world than reality, that the choices we make don’t always have a single outcome & that somewhere, sometime else a person just like me is leading a different life, in a world similar to this, but strangely & sinisterly
These are my favourite 7 parallel realities films, which have stuck themselves in my heart & won’t hear my reasons when I ask them to leave
Director: Andy Wachowski, Larry Wachowski
Cast: Keanu Reeves, Carrie-Ann Moss, Hugo Weaving, Laurence Fishbourne, Joe Pantoliano, Belinda McClory, Gloria Foster, Marcus Chong, Fiona Johnson, Matt Doran, Ada Nicodemou, Eleanor Witt, Rowan Witt, Bill Young, Denni Gordon
Studio: Warner Bros. Entertainment
Genre: Action, Sci-Fi, Martial Arts, Adventure
Mr Anderson – Keanu Reeves - lives in today’s world. He’s got a job as a programmer in a company where suits treat him as incompetent. Secretly, Mr. Anderson leads a second life as the dangerous hacker Neo, aspiring to reignite his boring existence by bringing the corporate web down & setting people free. His inspiration is legendary cyber terrorist Morpheus – played by Laurence Fishbourne. Through the beautiful and gritty Trinity – Carrie-Ann Moss - Morpheus approaches Neo to make him part of his team & free the world
But freeing the world doesn’t mean breaking into computers. It means accepting that the world Neo lives in doesn’t exist, it’s a daunting parallel reality where Neo’s entire life was only a manipulated digital illusion, and reality is a grim, dark world where the sun has been erased. And worse? This parallel reality - called The Matrix - is protected by trained programs masquerading as humans, and led by the glacial Agent Smith – a fabulous Hugo Weaving. This realization will horrify Neo, but also give him a chance to fight back through spectacular martial arts sequences
Director: Henry Selick
Cast: Dakota Fanning, Teri Hatcher, Jennifer Saunders, Dawn French, Keith David, John Hodgman, Robert Bailey Jr., Ian McShane, Aankha Neal, George Selick, Emerson Hatcher, Hannah Kaiser, Marina Budovsky, Carolyn Crawford
Genre: Adventure, Animation, Horror, Family
Coraline lives with her mum in an isolated house. She’s sad & bored and is looking for a way out. Coraline finds a secret passageway in a remote corner of her big new house, which leads her into a parallel world which mirrors her world in every single way, except that everybody is nice & treats her as a princess, spoiling her with gorgeous gifts & parties
However, everybody in that parallel reality has buttons instead of eyes & when Coraline realizes that she would rather get back to her real life & her mum, her new friends turn into monsters & strive to confine her into their horrible reality
Director: Zack Snyder
Cast: Emily Browning, Jena Malone, Abbie Cornish, Vanessa Hudgens, Carla Gugino, Jamie Chung, Scott Glenn, Paula Giroday, Louise Hradsky, Allie Bertram, Monique Ganderton, Danielle Benton, Oscar Isaac, Richard Cetrone, Daniela Dib
Studio: Warner Bros. Entertainment
Genre: Action, Adventure, Fantasy, Sci-Fi, War
Babydoll - played by Emily Browning - is young & sexy. Her evil stepfather wants to kill her little sister to inherit her mother’s fortune. Babydoll grabs his gun but in the struggle it goes off & her sister dies. Afraid she will rat him to the police, he accuses Babydoll of the murder, locks her up in a daunting mental hospital, then bribes a sleazy guard to schedule her for lobotomy. Babydoll befriends 4 young & sexy inmates & together they embark on a mind twisting spectacular quest to escape the mental hospital & be free
But reality is too bleak & Babydoll escapes into the inner world of her mind, where she imagines herself as a skimpily dressed warrior that fights evil in 5 spectacular, action-packed & deadly parallel reality fantasy worlds. Will Babydoll make her dreams come true & escape her terrible prison?
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