The 7th DIMENSION
General Release 2009
90 minutes approx
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Written by -
Sarah's best mate Zoe is having an affair with her college professor. Determined to sort things out, Zoe goes to challenge him about the affair and Sarah goes along for moral support. The prof's flat, however, is the headquarters for two hackers who have persuaded him to help them break into the Vatican secret computer files. There they begin to decode the Bible code, the secret information of the universe all wrapped up in the words of the bible. With each computer analysis creating a new dimension of understanding, some very strange, very dangerous and very deadly things start to happen.
If you have no money then the way to make your movie is to stick a bunch of actors in a couple of rooms and let them implode. Hell, it worked for Tarantino with RESERVOIR DOGS after all. And that is the essence of THE 7th DIMENSION. Sarah's normal, Zoe's psychic, Malcolm's guilty, Kendra's suicidal and Declan, well he's driven (not to mention nuts). They're not particularly deep characters and the acting isn't particularly good. The first quarter of an hour of the film looks like some sort of amateur film student's project.
Then things start to get interesting. Once the Vatican security is breached there's a lot of technobabble about what the breaking of of the code entails and what it will mean, but soon after there are shadowy figures who might be ghosts, but might be mental projections from subjects of a Pentagon experiment. Telekinesis, psychic communication, God, death, murder and the end of days are suddenly the heavyweight themes that are being thrown around with abandon, and a measure of blood.
THE 7th DIMENSION doesn't let its lack of resources translate into a lack of ambition, but there isn't room in these two rooms for all that ambition to be welded into a cohesive whole. Too many ideas collide and don't get fully formed or developed, but there are so many of them that the film, once it gets locked inside the apartment, is rarely predictable, gets gradually darker and comes up with some surprisingly good thriller/horror crossover moments.
Kelly Adams proves to be a reliable lead as Sarah who gets caught up in the madness of it all and merely wants to survive, but none of the rest of the cast can match her. Jonathan Rhodes, as Declan, is too manic from the first moment so the character really has nowhere to go from there. The others don't really make an impact.
There's a lot wrong with THE 7TH DIMENSION, most of it in the early opening sequences, but once the film gets rollinga nd the madness starts to descend it proves to be fun, surprising and worth the effort. Plus you get to support low budget British film making.Top
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