Exclusive Review – Parallel Minds

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Parallel Minds
Benjamin Ross Hayden

“Parallel Minds” takes place in the near future, where a technology firm “Red-Eye” is on the verge of developing a revolutionary contact lens that records human sight to replicate memories. The device uses an artificially engineered intelligence known as U.R.M. When the company’s lead researcher is murdered under strange circumstances at the time of the technology’s release, Thomas Elliot (Greg Bryk), an old-fashioned police detective investigates with intrepid researcher Margo Elson (Tommie Amber Pirie) to discover a plot that goes deeper than what any of them imagined. 

Benjamin Ross Hayden helms this ambitious low-budget narrative and takes the premise to great results by establishing a conflict that blends and mixes the technological side of world-building with a personal journey stranded in the mystical world. The story follows Margo Elson and her intriguing (and sometimes confusing) journey towards the truth of her past. The detective that investigates the case is also fleshed out by traumatic events from his past. This allows the director to infuse what could seem as a generic premise with strong motivations that fuel the actions the characters take throughout the entire adventure.

On the other hand, the antagonistic side of the story does not always present the same motivational pattern. The use of flat stereotypical figures, like the female head of security is never a bother but it is still noticeable. Fortunately, these weak links are compensated with the mysterious murderer that luckily receives a lot of development and the looming presence of Conrad Stallman, the CEO of Red Eye. 

“The truth is there, we just don’t see it yet.”

The movie has a nice presentation and taking into account the look and feel that was achieved; there is no doubt that with a more robust budget the futuristic aspect of the film could have been fleshed out a bit more. And even though the device used to enact the main plot line is not visible on screen, the way it was hidden in plain sight without losing any impact is one of the simple accomplishments that Ross Hayden should be proud of. In regards to what the film does show, the third act does make use of creature effects in a spectacular fashion giving the antagonistic force an imposing threat level that was satisfying to feel at the very end.

In the end, “Parallel Minds” succeeds as a decent crime mystery drama thanks to some good acting and directing. However, the inclusion of an ideological battle that brings both science fiction and mystical elements to the table makes the ride a lot more entertaining and interesting. It is hard to wait until this director comes back with the same dedication and a bigger budget. 

Exclusive Review – Parallel Minds
"Parallel Minds" tells a story that is able to incorporate a lot of elements like crime, intrigue, drama, science fiction and even mystical / philosophical aspects thanks to the balance that director Benjamin Ross Hayden brings forth. This low-budget adventure is not perfect but will definitely entertain and leave the viewer asking themselves, what else does this man have in store for us.?
Mixture of genres and characters is handled very well by the director. The creature design and on-screen look and feel is memorable.
The story feels original thanks to the blend of personal stakes and world-building but has a few loopholes that are noticeable.

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