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A sci-fi adventure, Parallels follows the lives of estranged brother and sister, Ronan and Beatrix, who are reunited when their father mysteriously disappears. Their neurotic neighbor Harold tags along on their search for their missing father, which leads them to a building that they accidentally discover is a portal to parallel Earths. On their travels, they are joined by Polly, a seasoned traveler, who teaches them the ins and outs of jumping from one Earth to another. Ronan and Beatrix ultimately reconnect as they uncover the dark truths behind their family’s broken history.
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Common Sense Says
Beware: TV pilot marketed as movie -- all setup, no closure.
What Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Parallels is a television pilot that was not picked up as a series and has been released, via streaming, as stand-alone movie entertainment. The film is devoted to introducing a science-fiction universe, with the made-up "rules" that define it and the players that populate it. It's a promised (but, so far, not ordered) apocalyptic concept. The heroes, settings, goals, stories, and enemies move between various domains, none of which will be resolved in this 83-minute offering. Action sequences -- hand-to-hand fights, explosions, high-tech countdowns, capture and abuse, fatal gunplay -- and a smattering of profanities ("s--t," "hell," "goddamn," one use of "f--k") mean the movie is not appropriate for younger kids. Viewers will be kept on edge; it's dark and suspenseful. But, ultimately, those same viewers likely will be frustrated, even angry, when the "movie" ends in the midst of a major cliffhanger.
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- Genre:Sci-Fi, Drama
- Release Date:March 1, 2015
- Captions:English, Spanish
- Audio Format:5.1
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