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|THE HIDDEN DIMENSION (director/writer: Paul Cox; screenwriters: Barbara Kerr/John Larkin/Margot Wiburd; cinematographer: Vic Sarin; editor: Barbara Kerr; music: Richard Robbins; cast: James Garner (Voice of Gramps/Narrator), Charlotte Sullivan (Elly), Gosia Dobrowolska (Claire), C. David Johnson (Jonathan); Runtime: 39; MPAA Rating: NR; producers: Sally Dundas/Barbara Kerr/Lorne Orleans; WB Home Entertainment; 1997)|
imaginative and engaging family science film
directed and co-written by Paul Cox."
by Dennis Schwartz
imaginative and engaging family science film directed
and co-written by Paul Cox ("Cactus"/"Man of
Flowers"/"Lonely Hearts"). The film celebrates the
spirit of curiosity and the push for knowledge by
mankind, and dazzles with its colorful visuals of the
fascinating sights of nature and man's creative
inventions. For theater release it was filmed in a special 3-D version of
the IMAX high-definition film format, where special
glasses were needed.
Eleven-year-old Elly (Charlotte
Sullivan) accompanies for two weeks her supportive
parents (Gosia Dobrowolska & C.
during her summer school break to the secluded
picture-perfect country house by the lake of her
vacationing in Monogolia inventor grandpa (Voice of
James Garner), in New Brunswick, who leaves his
granddaughter a letter with clues how to view all his
gadgets and a key to a nearby observatory of the inner
world he built on a small island on the lake that he
calls the "Illuminator."
This is pure wholesome
enjoyment for both children and adults as a worthwhile
educational film, as we observe both familiar and
unfamiliar things such as salt and many types of
insects up-close through microscopes, gadgets such an
alarm clock that shoots out soap bubbles, a terrarium
with magnified different tea leaves that take on the
look of a dark forest and a pocket watch from 1935
that is a symbol for how creation works. There's a
most interesting use of time-lapse close-up
photography of a bowl of fruit molding over the course
of a few days.
Its weakness is that the
visuals are so much better than the corny folksy
narration by James Garner, who is unseen but his voice
is of grandpa..
REVIEWED ON 4/11/2013 GRADE: B+
Dennis Schwartz: "Ozus' World Movie Reviews"
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