THE MANDELA EFFECT (2019 Reviews and overview

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The Mandela Effect is a 2019 science-fiction thriller feature film about a man who becomes obsessed with facts and events that have been collectively misremembered by thousands of people. Believing the phenomena to be the symptom of something larger, his obsession eventually leads him to question reality itself.

Directed by David Guy Levy (Would You Rather) from a screenplay co-written with Steffen Schlachtenhaufen, the Periscope Entertainment production stars Charlie Hofheimer (Would You Rather), Aleksa Palladino, Robin Lord Taylor (Gotham; Would You Rather), Madeleine McGraw (Ant-Man and the Wasp),and Clarke Peters (His Dark Materials).


The Mandela Effect premiered at the Other Worlds Film Festival in Austin, Texas, on October 23rd 2019. It was released theatrically in Los Angeles and VOD on December 6th 2019.


“While the idea of watching Brendan do all that research sounds like it could be dull, the movie keeps things moving quickly enough that it doesn’t get a chance to wear out its welcome. I didn’t expect a movie about The Mandela Effect to be very good, but it actually turned out to be a decent watch.” Arrow in the Head

Cast and characters:

  • Charlie Hofheimer … Brendan
  • Aleksa Palladino … Claire
  • Robin Lord Taylor … Matt
  • Clarke Peters … Doctor Fuchs
  • Madeleine McGraw … Sam
  • Tim Ransom … Pastor Isaac
  • Ptolemy Slocum … Manning
  • Vernee Watson … Nadine
  • Elena Campbell-Martinez … Ms Garcia
  • Steven Daniel Brun … Adam
  • Salme Geransar … Nasim Terhani
  • Jonah Fuller … Mourner

Film Facts:

The film is based on the so-called Mandela Effect, a phenomenon that makes us question even the most mundane memories from the past. It’s named after Nelson Mandela, who died in 2013 in South Africa, yet masses of people allegedly claim to remember him dying in prison in the 1980s.

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