Portal Runner (2021)

AKA: Alter-nate (2021)
It Runs in the Family
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  • RT Rating N/A
  • IMDB Rating 5.7

Critic Reviews:

...Portal Runner is an entertaining film that has the good sense to stay within its budget and keep its running time short. It’s one you can watch with your kids and not be bored.

Making Portal Runner family-friendly was a stroke of genius on the part of screenwriter J.D. Henning. It turns out that Nolan is only staying one step ahead of the evil pursuing him until he finds a version of his family capable of banding together and fighting back. Mae is the crucial element to bringing him in from the cold. It is heartwarming but also a*s-kicking. You can’t ask much more from a Christmas movie.

The short runtime of 76 minutes of this film is what works to great advantage for this low budget film and story telling style, as any longer would have been a detracting experience rather than a positive one. Although, critically this film is not going to win any Oscars, it is a tight concept, well filmed and well performed by the two young actors. A half decent thriller popcorn flick for this genre, a good example of low budget film making and cinematography.