The Alternate (2021)

Jake (Ed Gonzalez Moreno) is a videographer who has found all of his dreams coming true on the other side of a portal to another dimension. The perfect job, the wife of his dreams, a daughter that he never had in our world. Yet as they say, the grass is greener on the other side and Jake soon learns that perfection isn’t all it’s claimed to be.

Directed and written by Alrik Bursell, The Alternate answers a question I’ve always asked: is it cheating if you sleep with your wife from an alternate reality?

As the film progresses, we meet multiple versions of Jake and his wife Kris (Natalia Dominguez), who is overworked and wishes Jake would stop being so immature in our reality yet loving and supportive in her mirror universe version.

The truth of the movie lies in the question of whether you’re truly happy with what you have and the steps you need to make to find it. Even in another world, you remain yourself and so often, our problems are caused by our own emotions and behavior.

While the budget is low and the effects not the best you’ve seen, this movie realizes that it can be different by having an intriguing story and pushes itself to be quite unique.

The Alternate is available on digital and DVD.

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