Everyone requires time for introspection. Most people lack the ability to do so due to their ego: something that affects everyone. Most often, people who refuse to reflect are confronted with a life-altering event. In the movie “Before I Fall,” introspection and realization are themes that arise as a result of the protagonist’s experience with an extraterrestrial event.
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“Before I Fall” is based on Lauren Oliver’s novel of the same name. Samantha, a typical bully, is the focus of the story. Samantha’s car is involved in an accident one day. Fortunately, she escapes unharmed. She, on the other hand, is stuck in a time loop, reliving the same day over and over. In her quest to discover the cause of the loop, she finds herself reflecting on her actions and making significant alterations to her course of action.
As one of the novel’s hallmarks, it weaves a humanistic story of change around a supernatural premise in “Before I Fall”. Here are some films that use a fantastical or science fiction premise to tell an engrossing story centered on characters. Several of these films, such as Before I Fall, are available on Netflix, Hulu, and Amazon Prime.
1. Multiplicity (1996)
An outlandish premise is used to tell a character-driven story in “Multiplicity,” a 1996 science-fiction comedy. The story centers on Kinney, a man who discovers he can make copies of himself using a machine in the beginning of the film. In order to balance his work and family obligations, Kinney creates duplicates of himself in order to make his life easier. The clones, on the other hand, develop their own personalities and cause a slew of issues in his life. The film stars Michael Keaton and Andi MacDowell and is based on Chris Miller’s short story.
2. Back to The Future (1985)
There’s no need to introduce ‘Back to the Future.’ One of the most famous time-travel movies of all time is definitely the 1985 film and deservesly so. Its popularity isn’t due to the fact that it has a novel speculative premise. A major reason why “Back to the Future” is so beloved is because it tells a humanistic story with a sci-fi premise. In order to prevent being wiped from history, Marty, a high school student, must go back in time and make his parents fall in love.
3. Happy Death Day (2017)
‘Happy Death Day,’ released in 2017, is a slasher film with a sci-fi twist and satirical undertone. It depicts the murder of the main character Tree, a college student, on her birthday, and then a time loop occurs. Tree is caught in a cycle in which she must repeatedly relive her death until she identifies her assailant and puts an end to the cycle.
4. I Do, I Do, I Do (2015)
The 2015 film ‘I Do, I Do, I Do’ debuted on the Hallmark Channel in 2015. ‘Before I Fall’-style time loops help tell an introspective story in the film. Jaclyn Palmer, a newlywed, has a chance to relive her wedding day after it goes horribly wrong. As a result, she gains a wealth of knowledge about herself. Palmer is played by Autumn Reeser.
5. If I Stay (2014)
“If I Stay” is a film for teenagers and young adults, and it features a paranormal occurrence as the central plot device. ‘If I Stay,’ on the other hand, adheres to the list’s theme and all of the entries’ emphasis on character development. Mia is the focus of the 2014 film, who meets with a car accident that causes her to have an out-of-body experience similar to that in “Before I Fall.” As a result of this, she’s forced to make a difficult choice.
6. Groundhog Day (1993)
The time loop movie ‘Groundhog Day’ is unquestionably the most famous of all time. The movie gained fame for fusing fantasy with comedy by following a weatherman trapped in a time loop who must relive the same day over and over again. In fact, the film’s title has come to denote a dull situation in popular culture.
7. Before I Fall (2017)
What would you do if you only had one day to make a significant change in your life? There’s nothing Samantha Kingston doesn’t have: the ideal group of friends, the ideal boyfriend, and a rosy future ahead. After that, everything is different. Sam wakes up with no future after a fateful night. Reliving the same day again and again, she begins to wonder how perfect her life really was before. It’s not just her own life that’s unraveling; she must also unravel the secrets of those around her, before time runs out for good, and discover the power of one day to make a difference in everyone’s lives – including her own.
8. Carrie (2013)
Carrie White, a social outcast in high school, is targeted by bullies. Pious and paranoid, Margaret White believes in self-inflicted punishment for her daughter’s transgressions. If you have your period and you don’t understand what’s happening to you, your peers will make fun of you in the restroom. Chris Hargensen, out for revenge, records Carrie on her cell phone and uploads the video to the Internet.
When the students’ teacher, Ms. Desjardin, punishes them, Chris challenges her, and as a result, she is suspended and consequently barred from the prom. During this time, Carrie learns she has telekinesis and how to use it. The girl who tortured Carrie, Sue Snell, regrets her actions and asks her boyfriend Tommy Ross to invite Carrie to the prom as a way of making amends. Chris, on the other hand, plans a heinous prank with her friends to exact revenge on Carrie and her boyfriend Billy Nolan.
9. Whip It (2009)
Bliss Cavendar’s determined mother in an Austin suburb believes that winning pageants is the key to a fulfilling life for her daughter, who is 17 years old. In contrast to the other contestants, Bliss is quiet, shy, and close to only one person: Pash, her coworker at the diner where she works.
It all changes for Bliss when she learns about an Austin women’s roller derby league, joins, and proves herself to be lightning quick. As a result, she now has to prove herself on the ice, keep her parents from finding out where she goes twice a week, and deal with a crush she’s developed on a musician she meets while attending roller derby practice. Bliss, on the other hand, is still Miss Bluebonnet in her mother’s eyes. Things are heading in the wrong direction, will someone get hurt?
10. Vampire Academy (2014)
Half-vampire, half-human Rose Hathaway is one of many dhampirs studying to be a guardian at St Vladimir’s Academy. In their world, there are good and bad vampires: Moroi, who live in harmony with humans and only drink blood from donors, and Strigoi, blood-sucking, murderous vampires who control one of the four elements (water, earth, fire, or air).
Throughout their education, Rose and the other dhampir guardians are taught to protect Moroi and kill Strigoi. It’s up to Rose and Princess Vasilisa Dragomir, the last of the Moroi line and her best friend, to flee St Vladimir’s to protect Princess Lisa from those who would harm her or use her for their own gain.