- X 2019
Sean C. Stephens, Rachel Stephens, Paul Tomborello for American Pop Productions
directed by Sean C. Stephens, Aaron Jackson
starring Colton Tapp, Lar Park-Lincoln, Aaron Jackson, Rosalie Fisher, Robert F. Glass, Amy Searcy, Frank Molinar, Michael Harrelson, Keith J. Obit, Tony Stephens, Aislynn Stephens, Isabella Stephens, Emma Glass, Torey Anderson, Phillip Sorby
written by Sean C. Stephens, Aaron Jackson, music by Stephen Bennett
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Scott (Colton Tapp) and Vince (Aaron Jackson) are two of the top
scientists of the Cicero Corporation, a technology company that really
pushes the edges of science - even if it's not always super-ethical. But
they really have these jobs only to be able to in their spare time work on
something really ground-breaking, a door to another dimension. They're on
the verge of a breakthrough, too, when they hit a snag, they simply lack
in the power department and would need a special battery to make their
gateway work, a battery of which only 12 are in existence - and
fortunately one of their colleagues, Lennon (Robert F. Glass) has one in
his possession. Not that Lennon would ever give it up, so they break into
his home and steal it, "for the greater good" - but when there,
they see Lennon shot dead by a masked man. Of course, having broken in and
stolen his stuff, they can't go to the police, and thus run in fear of
getting caught - when the next day Lennon shows up at work, very much
alive, leaving their heads spinning.
With the battery, Scott and Vince
manage to open a gateway - to a lab that looks exactly like theirs,
suggesting the parallel world is just like their own. Vince is somewhat
disappointed by this, but Scott is still curious, and once Vince is gone,
passes through the door - to find another Scott, who tells him that his
world is quite different after all, but that it seems to draw lots of
other Scotts to him through gateways from their respective dimensions. And
he tells him that the Cicero Corporation is playing an evil game with him.
And this is seemingly confirmed when Scott's wife Margail (Rosalie Fisher)
finds a bug in their house, suggesting they're under surveillance by
someone at least. Vince meanwhile conducts some investigations of his own,
and soon finds disturbing evidence.
Scott from another dimension meets
Margail, and says his Margail has died years ago, but feels very drawn to
this world's Margail - which freaks her out, but still, when he sneaks
into her bed when this world's Scott is out, she, believing the other
Scott to be her husband, enjoys their intercourse very much. Thing is, the
Scott from another dimension starts to act more and more erratic, and this
world's Scott finds evidence that much of what he said was lies, but when
he, Margail and Vince finally find out what the other Scott is really
about, it might already be way too late - maybe for their whole dimension
as they know it ...
A pretty tight sci-fi thriller that manages
to translate big ideas to a lo-fi approach without losing any of their
intensity, thanks to a concentration on interesting characters and
relatable character arcs, and while some of the science babble is probably
going over everyone's head, the basic story is solid, comprehensible, and
builds on suspense and a feeling of unease, this way really getting to
one, also helped by the very grounded directorial effort that makes this
very accessible for a general audience, and also pretty entertaining.