DVD Review The 7th Dimension

The 7th Dimension is an imaginative and original British sci-fi thriller written and directed by Brad Watson.

The themes of the film are ambitious and innovative, bringing the viewer on a journey that encompasses science, technology, religion and a hint of the supernatural.

Set in London, the film involves two university girls, Sarah played by Kelly Adams (Bronson, The Boxer ) and her friend Zoe played by Lucy Evans (The Fortunes and Misfortunes of Moll Flanders ). Zoe is in love with her tutor Malcolm (David Horton ) and she subsequently convinces Sarah to accompany her over to the other side of town to ascertain if their relationship is worth building on.

When they arrive they are surprised to discover an array of computer and satellite equipment and Horton introduces the girls to Declan (Jonathan Rhodes ) and Kendra (Calita Rainford ) who are busy trying to hack in to the Vatican’s archives and unlock the secrets of the Bible code by rearranging the letters of the Torah.

Declan takes an enviable shine to the girls and soon they are invited to join the computer hackers as they experiment with conspiracy theories, ancient puzzles and Bible codes to reveal the secrets of the future.

The nature of religious belief, the power of the human mind and the illusion of reality are the basic elements of a good story by Brad Watson, even though this version is not quite as polished as some of the more recent Hollywood releases.

Kelly Adams puts in a very good performance as the affable and likeable Sarah and David Horton is also impressive as Malcolm.

While slight segments of the script are a little obscure at times, the special effects and timeline of interesting occurrences gives the film an energy and a surprise element.

Just when it seems that the group have avoided catastrophe and are getting closer to their ultimate goal of pering in to the future, a sinister higher power intervenes that takes away all control and crushes expectations.

The 7th Dimension is somewhat similar to Dan Browns DaVinci Code but far more complex and far lighter on budget, the plot will engage viewers throughout.

Declan is a highly disturbed antagonist who is psychotic and very much over the top while his confrontations with Sarah, the natural protagonist are intense and predominantly well crafted.

The 7th Dimension is an admirable attempt at creating something a little bit different, and sci-fi fans should find it intelligent viewing and an entertaining take on a genre of thriller which has failed to ignite or captivate viewers since Hollywood’s Da Vinci Code.

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