Parallax (2020) Movie Review

Director: Michael Bachochin

Writer: Michael Bachochin (Screenplay)

Starring: Naomi Prentice, Nelson Ritthaler, Hattie Smith, Ted Gianopulos, Bette Smith, Taylor Flowers

Plot: A young artist wakes up in a life that she doesn’t recognize, spending her time asleep haunted by nightmares of drowning in a black abysmal void. As she begins to uncover the truths of the life that she’s found herself in, the gravity of her failing reality weighs heavily on her psychological identity and the reliability of her sanity is called into question.

Runtime: 1 Hour 53 Minutes

There may be spoilers in the rest of the review

Verdict: Thinking Person’s Film

Story: Parallax starts as Naomi (Prentice) is feeling lost in her life, not remembering everything, including her fiancée Lucas (Ritthaler) who has been trying to support her, seeing Dr Hill (Gianopulos) for guidance, to help him express his frustrations of where his relationship is going.

As Naomi starts trying to explore her own mind, she finds herself being able to create worlds, one where she meets Mikayla (Smith) someone who she can communicate with more than anyone in her life, leading her to see the two worlds blur into reality.

Thoughts on Parallax

Characters – Naomi is a young woman that is questioning her own reality, she uses art to escape and find her own reality, one that will give her more answers to life, she doesn’t remember people she thought were big parts of her life, she doesn’t know who to trust in life. Lucas is the fiancée that has been trying to help Naomi with her troubles, he seeks outside help, which does give him a chance to understand whether he is right to continue to support the way he does. Mikayla comes to Naomi in the other reality, offering Naomi conversations she doesn’t always get in life, giving answer to the unknow questions.

PerformancesNaomi Prentice and Nelson Ritthaler are both good in the leading roles, showing the differences that they are going through during the story, with each scene needing them to bring something different to the table.

StoryThe story here follows a young woman that finds herself being trapped in a world where she doesn’t remember everything around her, her fiancée tries to support her in remembering things, only for her to find herself question each and everything about her life. This is a story that does go very deep into the reality of life, while we don’t get this until later, it will get you thinking, scratching your head at times and needing to take a step back to analyse everything you watch. It could be considered one film that does go too deep into the thinking side of things, which doesn’t help us get the full enjoyment, and is 100% a movie you can’t just relax and watch.

Sci-FiThe sci-fi side of the movie dives into difference in reality, seeing what could or couldn’t be real. Constantly keeping us guessing along the way.

SettingsThe film keeps the settings in a family home for the relationship, while also creating open beauty space for the quiet moments of peace.

Scene of the Movie – The deep dive.

That Moment That Annoyed Me – It goes too deep.

Final Thoughts This is an interesting sci-fi that could be analysed for hours to truly understand everything, but it will not be a casual viewing for anyone.

Overall: Brains Firmly On.

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