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The Alternate

USA 2021
produced by
Marcella Cortland, Alrik Bursell, Jeffrey Allard, Stan Holland (executive), Seana Meek (executive), Tony Della Morte (executive) for Bursell Productions
directed by Alrik Bursell
starring Ed Gonzalez Moreno, Natalia Dominguez, Johnny Gilligan, Patrice Binaisa, Phillip Caires, Gabe Rios, L. Jeffrey Moore, Syra McCarthy, Lisa Finnie, Noe Flores, Olivia Pintz, Rosie Cruz, Hakan Bala, James Buquet, Nick Davis
written by Alrik Bursell, music by Kevin Kerrigan

review by
Mike Haberfelner

Jake (Ed Gonzalez Moreno) is a filmmaker with big aspirations ... but for the time being is reduced to make corporate videos while his girlfriend Kris (Natalia Dominguez) is bringing in the real money - not that she minds all that much, as they seem to be in a healthy relationship ... only in the evenings she's mostly too tired to hear him moaning about his work. Then, when shooting yet another corporate, he discovers an anomaly on the video file, and when he enlargens the anomaly he finds it to be a portal to another dimension. Of course, the first thing he wants to do is to show the world, but nobody's really interested or thinks he's a nutjob even, and when he gets Kris to take a look she's quite simply freaked out. However, he makes his way through to the other dimension, he finds an alernate Jake having all the success he can only dream of after having made the film this Jake is still dreaming to do one day. But instead of this inspiring Jake to just soldier on to match his alternate self's success, he just tries to partake in the other Jake's riches, like using his pool when nobody's home or playing his pinball machines. And eventually, alternate Kris catches him in the pool, but taking him to be her actual Jake, this leads to them having sex - which causes his Kris to break up with him when she finds out. Then Jake finds out that alternate Jake will be on a shoot for three weeks with no ways of communicating with alternate Kris, so he just crosses over to live the good life with that Kris under some pretext - and he enjoys it a little too much, so when alternate Jake returns, he's hell-bent on pushing him into his own dimension, not for one second thinking about the repercussions ...


A welcomely unusual film, because it takes a rather outlandish concept, but instead going all spectacle it takes things to a very intimate level, this way making it relatable to its audience - also because the characters are carefully fleshed out and their issues, besides the dimension hopping of course, feel 100% real. And of course, two very solid leads who ground the thing help in making this very nice if not exactly run-of-the-mill science fiction entertainment, as does the movie's suitably subtle directorial effort.


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