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Top 10 Alternate Reality Movies

With Sucker Punch premiering this week, we thought that we would go back and pay homage to some of our favorite films that feature alternate realities. That is, we thought that we were going to do that until we realized just how many films technically featured alternate realities. So, we decided to come up with a very important rule for our list: Characters must move between “reality” and the “alternate reality.” It doesn’t really matter how they do it, but we have to see at least two separate realities in the film. With that, we managed to compile a list of the top 10 movies with alternate realities. We hope you can enjoy… Knowing that it may not actually exist!

10. Mirror Mask- Rumors of The Jim Henson Company’s demise are greatly exaggerated, and this surreal film proves it. It focuses on a girl who runs away from her family’s circus to “join real life.” Unfortunately, she finds herself lost in an alternate reality that would make Tim Burton proud. It’s full of bizarre creatures and characters that she encounters as she attempts to find a lost princess and save this world from the Queen of Shadows.

9. Silent Hill- It might not have been the best movie in the world, but Silent Hill was incredibly creepy. Christophe Gans didn’t give fans of the video game series what they wanted, but since we never played the games all we got was a bunch of gape-jawed expressions as we watched Radha Mitchell try to rescue her creepy kid from a West Virginia mining town. As if that wasn’t bad enough, the place is crawling with monsters and weirdo cult members. Luckily she has the power of a mother’s love… And a gun.

8. The Butterfly Effect- When people think of Ashton Kutcher they usually think of that guy from MTV that they hope will try to prank Mike Tyson some day. But he’s not just a professional idiot. In fact, you might remember him from movies, and even one or two good ones. This is one of those good movies. Kutcher finds himself bouncing around his timeline and screwing up reality each time he travels back in time. No matter what, this guy just can’t catch a break, and, while it might be satisfying at first, you just can’t help but feel bad for the him by the end.

You know he took the role seriously, because he grew a beard.

7. The Science of Sleep- No one does alternate realities like Michel Gondry. The guy’s got to live in one with all of the crazy things he comes up with in his movies. In this one, he focuses on a man whose imagination always seems to run away with him. However, he creates the film with this low budget yet genius presentation that lets the audience give its absurdity a free pass. It’s a film that shows what happens when a person can’t actually handle reality and he creates his own instead. Personally, we just watch movies.

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3 Comments

  1. The ultimate alternate reality movie has to be It’s A Wonderful Life. Where’s the love for this classic?

  2. If I may add to the list, The Thirteenth Floor. It’s a movie much like The Matrix, and it was released on the same year, which is probably why the movie didn’t get the exposure it deserved.

  3. Pleasantville seems like it was made to get on this list; definitely should be on here.

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