Watch Parallels (2015)
Directed by: Christopher Leone
Written by: Laura Harkcom, Christopher Leone
Starring by: Mark Hapka, Jessica Rothe, Eric Jungmann
- Parallels Plot Summary
Ronan and Beatrix each receive a message from their father, Alex, who requests they meet him. Curious, they separately converge at their father’s house, where they find him missing, though Ronan recovers a strange, ball-shaped device. When Harry, Beatrix’s friend, arrives, he joins them in their attempts to locate their father despite Ronan’s dislike for him. Harry, a public defender, suggests that they contact the police. However, Captain Stone can offer little help to them, as they have no evidence of wrong-doing. He directs them to the building Alex described and tells them that it is abandoned.
The three find the building empty and covered in graffiti that describes alternate timelines and histories. Initially dismissive of the seemingly nonsensical graffiti, they discover that the building has transported them to an alternate Earth devastated by nuclear blasts. When they see a roving patrol shoot down pedestrians, they flee back into the building, where they meet Polly. Polly, a traveler between worlds, explains that the building transports anyone within it to a new, random world if they return to it in exactly 36 hours. In hostile worlds such the one in which they currently reside, she suggests that they stay inside the building and do not interact with the locals. The group sleeps to pass the time.
They are woken by an armed patrol, who take them to meet the leader of the local settlement. Polly takes charge and convinces him that they are merely confused travelers. Recognizing Captain Stone as their leader, Harry thanks him for his help. Stone, suddenly distrustful of outsiders who know both his name and former occupation, takes them hostage and orders Tinker, the local surgeon and gadget-man, to interrogate them. Tinker shows them footage of a terrorist attack via suitcase nuke, and Ronan and Beatrix are horrified to recognize their father as the perpetrator.
Ronan breaks free, knocks Tinker unconscious, and frees the others. Desperate for revenge against Alex, Tinker sets off with his own suitcase nuke to destroy the building. The group returns to the building just in time to escape the blast and transport to the next world, though they do not know that Tinker transports with them. This world is technologically advanced, and the group splits up to learn more about both it and Alex. Ronan and Polly explore Alex’s house, which turns out to be empty. Ronan reveals that he blames himself for his mother’s death, and Polly seems confused when he jokingly quotes slang from her world. Ronan shows her the device he found earlier, and she says that it could only be from the “core world”, where the building was constructed. They flee the house when they find a hidden warning and a team of assassins attack them.
Beatrix and Harry discover that, in this world, he is a wealthy and corrupt corporate lawyer. They hack into his computer and learn that this world’s Alex was murdered and Ronan apparently never existed. Harry sends evidence of his double’s wrongdoing to the media, and they return to the building, where they find that Tinker has apparently taken Ronan and Polly hostage. Beatrix threatens to kill Tinker, but Ronan convinces her to allow Tinker to use an invention that hacks into the building. Impressed with the device, Alex reveals himself after stepping out from a secure elevator. Alex directs Tinker to the top floor of the building, where he says Tinker will find answers.
Once Tinker leaves, Alex tells his children that none of them were born on what they perceived as their home world. Tinker returns from the elevator, yelling to them not to trust Alex, and Alex shoots and kills Tinker. Alex leaves the building after telling Ronan and Beatrix that they must find their mother, whom they insist is dead, in order to return to the core world. After the building transports them once again, triplets of Polly converge and two of them play rock-paper-scissors to determine who will accompany the rest of the group into the next world.
- Parallels Full Cast & Crew
Writing Credits (in alphabetical order)
Laura Harkcom … (story) Christopher Leone … (story) Christopher Leone … (teleplay)
Mark Hapka …Ronan Carver Jessica Rothe …Beatrix Carver Eric Jungmann …Harold Constance Wu …Polly Yorgo Constantine …Alex Carver Davi Jay …Chief Stone Michael Monks …Tinker Ian Casselberry …Mike B.J. Grogan …Dispatch Lorraine LeBlanc …Linda Han Soto …Paramedic Sal Marco St. John …Promoter Luke Hawx …Local Savage Kim Collins …Middle-Aged Man Lindsey G. Smith …Food Stand Waitress Michael Scott …Clerk Danny Cosmo …Stranger Rest of cast listed alphabetically: Joel K. Berger …Bar Manager Rob Fuller …Shirtless Fighter by the Ring Christopher Heskey …Police Officer
Laura Harkcom … executive producer Christopher Leone … executive producer Devin Ward … line producer
Corey A. Jackson
Bryce Fortner … director of photography
Film Editing by
Ian Duncan Thomas Verrette
Lisa Bourne Ryan Glorioso
Production Design by
Set Decoration by
Doré Cermak … (set decorater)
Emily Burka … hair department head Linda Traxler … hair stylist
John Goodwill … unit production manager Thomas Verrette … post-production supervisor
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Alicia Dean … second assistant director Sherman Shelton Jr. … first assistant director
Chris Britt … leadman Michael Castro … on-set dresser Doré Cermak … buyer / painter Andy Lovell … assistant property master Steve Noell … property master Emily Vega … set dresser Durel Yates … set dresser
Jonathan Coomes … sound re-recording mixer / supervising sound editor Rachel Grissom … sound mixer Derek Marcil … sound re-recording mixer James Eck Rippie … boom operator
Visual Effects by
Adam Burgett … visual effects Reuben Corona … matte painter Dag Luther Gooch … visual effects
Danny Cosmo … stunt coordinator Bruce Sanders Jr. … stunt performer
Camera and Electrical Department
Wilbert Allen … electric Cook Allender … still photographer Chris Buller … camera utility Jose Figueroa-Baez … first assistant camera: day player Steven A. Guerrero … key grip Bryan Hollars … best boy electric: day player Josh Huval … b cam operator: day player Timothy Matherne … grip: day player Callie Moore … first assistant camera Benjamin Morgan … camera intern / camera production assistant Scott Morrison … best boy electric Nino Paternostro … camera utility: day player D.J. Phillips … second assistant camera Sienna Pinderhughes … camera utility: day player Declan Ryan … gaffer Mike Smith … best boy grip Katrienne Soulagnet … electrician Joshua Aaron Stringer … still photographer Nathan Tape … b camera operator Aaron Toups … grip Chad Vanko … electric: day player Adam Viademonte … electric: day player
Alicia Connelly … extras casting coordinator Maria-Itzel Siegrist … casting associate
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Thayer Abaigael … costumer Laura Schweigman … key costumer
Matt Caron … media manager Phil Hamilton … media manager Charlie Tucker … colorist
Nicholas Fitzgerald … music editor
Clarence Gordon … driver: grip/electric
Jennifer Brunjes … production assistant Jason Chandler … key set production assistant Justin Etienne … location manager Gwendolyn Granger … production assistant Janeline Hayes … production assistant Brandon Lohstreter … script supervisor Taylor Newman … production assistant Ryan Robison … production secretary Pauline S. Storms … production assistant Derrick Bentley Wells … key set production assistant Jennifer Williamson … production coordinator Ken Beck … special thanks Linda Beck … special thanks Ryan H. Cunningham … special thanks Mimi Davis … special thanks Ricardo Flores … special thanks Marshall D. Moore … special thanks Dennis Woods … special thanks Lynn Woods … special thanks