Alternate reality is a topic that every writer and director wants to work with and write about. It is an abstract concept that includes a parallel universe, a place where different actions of a different species take place. It may also refer to humans, as we all are living in a different reality that is separated by a single quantum event.
There are many theories out there trying to define the existence of the matrix, reincarnation, life after death, and also the phenomenon of déjà vu.
As mentioned above, many writers and directors find it quite interesting, and sometimes they deliver really good films that make the viewers rethink their own existence and question the reality in which we live in.
Below are the best films and directors that made a huge impact, not only in sci-fi, but also established a new vision in an alternate reality and parallel universes that seems so close but yet so far, and probably hard to believe for some people.
The Butterfly Effect (2004)
“A butterfly flapping its wings could result in a hurricane halfway around the world,” the opening title says. Yes, the chaos theory includes that even the smallest details may or may not be the reason for huge consequences.
The butterfly effect is the sensitive dependence on initial conditions in which a small change in one state of a deterministic nonlinear system can result in large differences in a later state.
Sliding Doors (1998)
Gwyneth Paltrow is Helen, who is fired from her job and goes down to the subway to catch a train. In the first scenario, she goes on the train, and in another one, she misses it and the train doors slide shut in her face. Each of these two scenarios, of course, have different paths in her life.
Shutter Island (2010)
This is one of Martin Scorsese’s masterpieces, without any doubt, and maybe one of Leonardo DiCaprio’s best performances. It’s a film where Marshal Teddy, along with another marshal, travels to an island where a mental hospital is located, and they must find a missing patient.
This may be one of the century’s most discussed films about dreams and totems. Again, the ending seems so hard to understand, mainly because the point is to discover whether Cobb is still in a dream or back in reality.
Donnie Darko (2001)
Back in the early 2000s, Richard Kelly’s debut film came out and it made quite a big impact, as it was a huge hit until now.
Young Jake Gyllenhaal plays a troubled teenager, Donnie Darko, who is an openly misanthropic youngster and has a vision of a 6-foot tall man dressed in a rabbit costume, who manipulates him and makes him commit series of crimes, and soon he tells Donnie the estimated time when the world will end.