The concept of the multiverse is not a new one to those into comics. In comic books, creators have been talking about parallel universes for a while now. It was introduced in the 1950s and became quite popular in the 1960s. In fact, they started using it as an interesting way to bring back dead heroes. But not until the 2000s was it adopted by movies as well. Though the plots of the multiverse are mostly common in superhero movies as the template allows it. There are a few movies that are based on the concept of the multiverse but were quite underrated. Check out below.
Source Code explores the multiverse better
In 2011 came out Source Code, a movie based on the concept of the multiverse. But you would not get it at the start. It starts as a simple science fiction about a machine that runs on a simulation of dead people’s memories. The creators use it to track down the identity of a bomber before he bombs the next place. Colter Stevens is a dying military man whose mind is preserved as it is the only one viable with the Source Code machine. But then it turns out the machine doesn’t simply create simulations but alternate realities. Stevens manages to live on with his altered memories. It is a great movie and can rewatch it many times.
The One is based on the Multiverse
Though it is an action movie but includes traveling through dimensions and the concept of the multiverse. That is a concept rare in action movies and that is why The One stands out. It is a story of an evil variant of Jet Li, who wants to kill all other variants and become The One in all parallel universes. He would become a godlike being upon doing so. But instead, the protagonist ends up getting the power of The One. He uses it to send Jet Li to a penal colony in a parallel underworld universe.
Mr. Nobody is about the multiverse
Though it is sci-fi at heart, Mr. Nobody explores the concept of the multiverse as it talks about the Butterfly Effect. It is based on a protagonist who is a mortal man, but it seems as if he chooses no definite path, exploring alternate realities. It is a tough movie to keep track of what’s really going on. Also, the movie focuses more on three of his love interests. He chooses to live with each of them one by one. But each of these relationships has something missing.
Sliding Doors is a romance through the multiverse
Just like Mr. Nobody, Sliding Doors is a romance too but it is completely a romance. The story is about the protagonist whose future depends on catching a train on time, from work to home. If she does, she would find her boyfriend cheating on her with someone else. Break up with him and live a better life. But if she doesn’t, the other girl would escape and she would not be able to catch the cheater. Though the concept is simple, it builds a number of alternate realities based on how she chooses to go about it. It is good to watch the movie if you need a romantic angle to explore the multiverse.
Coherence based on the multiverse
It is a movie that goes from a simple reunion movie to a bizarre sci-fi movie. The movie came out in 2013 and did a better job exploring the concept of the multiverse than most movies till now. It starts with a group of friends reuniting but then a comet passes. That leads to the creation of alternate realities that would collapse once the comet goes. This motivates the protagonists to kill their doppelgangers in order to survive. It is a great movie to watch if you are interested in knowing the concept of the multiverse better.