Nolan, Sloane Morgan Siegel (“Dwight in Shining Armor (TV)”, “The Call”), is not your typical 15-year old boy, he’s a portal runner and not by choice.
Nolan spends his time jumping between worlds through the medium of mirrors, all the while he’s being chased by a man in a long dark coat and dark hat.
Each world he arrives in is very similar to the last, usually just little differences. Except for this world, in this world he has a sister Mae, Elise Eberle (“Shameless (TV)”, “A Call to Spy”), who appears to be able to get the mirrors to open, providing she’s angry.
Mae lives with Uncle Boon, Brian S. Lewis (“Dwight in Shining Armor (TV)”, “Depth”), and her mom, Carol Roscoe (“West of Redemption”, “The Dark Horse”), and her brother, Nolan.
He confides in her about the mirrors, initially she is skeptical but the man in the dark coat always finds Nolan eventually, though it’s taking him longer in this world, he does begin to come through.
When Mae sees the man, she decides she wants to set a trap for him, stop Nolan running anymore. Will she succeed? Can Nolan ever stop running?
Portal Runner is written by J.D. Henning and Tallis Moore and directed by Cornelia Duryée (“West of Redemption”, “The Dark Horse”).
It’s a short movie, coming in at a little over an hour yet despite this it can drag at times, there are moments where there is no dialogue, no music, no sounds and little action that feel odd.
However, outside of this Portal Runner, despite its obvious budget constraints, is a good idea and has some nice touches, but it feels like the story needs more and the tension needs to build more than it does. But, for a low budget movie with a short running time, you could do a lot worse.
10th December 2021
THE QUICK SELL
Nolan is blessed with the ability to travel to parallel worlds-- and cursed to be chased through them by a monstrous Evil.