THE GATE­WAY

Empire (Australasia) - - On Screen -

OUT 1 MARCH / RATED M / 90 MINS DI­REC­TOR John V. Soto

CAST Jac­que­line Mcken­zie

ON PA­PER, THE Gate­way has an in­trigu­ing enough sci-fi premise: wid­owed physi­cist (Mcken­zie) dis­cov­ers how to travel be­tween al­ter­nate di­men­sions; finds her de­ceased hus­band’s dop­pel­gänger (Myles Pol­lard) liv­ing in one and brings him back to her re­al­ity to play happy fam­i­lies. There are shades of The As­tro­naut’s Wife when dop­pel-dad turns out to be a bit of a wrong’un (first clue: he wears black), as the film pro­gres­sively flips be­tween pre­dictabil­ity and pre­pos­ter­ous­ness. Al­though it looks ev­ery cent its low bud­get, what ul­ti­mately brings The Gate­way un­done is a flimsy script where du­bi­ous char­ac­ters prac­tic­ing du­bi­ous science make du­bi­ous de­ci­sions ev­ery step of the way. JJ

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