Whereas most of us are happy with just the regular 3 dimensions, there are many that believe that there is in fact a lot more to reality than what we see. Other dimensions might be other planes of existence or other alternate realities.
The idea has been used a lot, most effectively in horror with The Mist and Event Horizon serving as good examples of ‘how to use other dimensions to scare people’.
And now we have this latest British offering. A film that’s not satisfied by telling us that there are a couple of other odd dimensions about, but that there are in fact seven of them.
Sarah, a student, ends up playing matchmaker when her friend, Zoe decides to quit her university course in exchange for a relationship with her bumbling tutor Malcolm.
Accompanying Zoe to the tutor’s penthouse apartment, Sarah finds herself in what seems to be a computer control room where two odd flatmates, Kendra and Declan seemingly work on a internet radio talkshow fuelled by conspiracy theories.
With her college chum and her teacher finally together and in love, Sarah makes her way home, but ends up missing the last bus and when she returns to the apartment for her forgotten phone she discovers that there is something far more serious going on.
The 3 flatmates are hackers and have been working to infiltrate the Vatican’s security system. I doing this, they hope to find an original version of the bible in hebrew which could, when decoded, provide answers to pretty much everything IN THE WORLD.
With Zoe off serenading Malcolm, Decland and Kendra need Sarah to help out with some hacking and that’s when things get start to get illegal. And when steel doors seal the exit from the flat, Sarah realises that she’s involved in something very serious indeed.
Discovering the bible code and decrypting it in various ways (or dimensions) starts of a scary process as beings from other realms try to stop them from tinkering with powers that they do not fully understand.
The 7th Dimension is built on an interesting idea, and is pretty impressively put together when compared to other films in its budget bracket. But somewhere along the line, it falls short of being a good movie. And it’s hard to put a finger on exactly what it is that is missing.
The cast is british and a couple of the actors are vaguely familiar. They’re all pretty convincing and after a while you get used to the overly dramatic Declan character (played by Jonathan Rhodes) as you realise that perhaps he’s actually meant to be performed that way.
Things are kept simple, from set to effects, and that’s a good thing. The intriguing elements of the story make up for any shortcomings in the visuals.
On reflection, it does seem to take an age for the mundane backfill to end and the interesting stuff to get going, but once it does, it’s meaty enough to really keep your interest.
There are a few funny moments as far as shots are concerned. Although a majority of the film looks pretty professional, a couple of the angles are really odd. For instance, there’s one little piece of dialogue between Declan and Malcolm that looks as though it might have been shot by a fly in the corner of the room. Again though, it is forgivable.
The plot unfurls at a fast pace and all seems pretty insanely plausible until the once disabled Declan miraculously walks again. It kind of marks the end of the ‘bit that makes sense’ and the beginning of the silliness.
Theory upon theory is then layered on, with twists and flashbacks and unfortunately a lot of it is all too obvious. The big moments can be predicted from some way off, so really detract from the impact of the ending.
The 7th Dimension is let down by the fact that it over-complicates itself. It’s a good idea that is shot well, with interesting elements and is packaged up pretty neatly.
But in an attempt to push the boundaries of the viewer’s imagination, things slip a little leaving the end result is a little muddied.