Dimensions (2011) Movie Script

I know
deep down
if I don't do this,
I'll never be able
to truly live my life,
and always feel like
I'm not really here,
like it's a...
a dream.
How deep
do you think it is?
One elephant.
Two elephant,
three elephant,
four elephant,
five elephant.
Was that a splash?
I think so.
It must be well over
100 feet deep.
Maybe even a mile.
Silly goosey.
Silly gander.
Do you think
it leads to China?
More likely Australia.
Or perhaps
to another world.
One where dinosaurs
rule the earth.
What are you
two doing?
We weren't
doing anything.
You're not supposed
to play by the well.
We were
just exploring.
Bet you're too scared
to climb down.
Bet you are, too. I'm not.
But your mother wants you.
It's lunch time.
Race you.
He makes me rather
I know, dear, but I met
him such a long time.
It seems rude
not to invite him.
He was in your husband's
regiment, wasn't he?
he worked for some
cloak and dagger outfit
as an interrogator.
All very hush-hush.
He used to complain
about the bishop.
He doesn't strike me
as the religious type.
As in the chess piece,
you play the very subtle...
May I say, you ladies
are looking radiant.
Thank you, Robert.
Please help yourself
to some more food.
Oh, I've had sufficient,
thank you.
Ah, well, then perhaps
you'd be
so kind as to fetch us
a drop more champagne.
Jolly well played.
I believe.
look who's here?
Stephen and Conrad,
always as competitors.
Sometimes they see more like
the brothers than cousins.
You had a head start.
Stephen, take Conrad inside
and wash up for lunch.
And, you young lady,
you better scrub those nails.
Yes, mother.
Thanks, Victoria.
Hey, who's that man?
I bet
he's a mad inventor.
Or a brilliant professor.
I'm sorry
to disturb you.
But I was out
for my walk
and I seemed to have
got a little over heated.
I don't suppose
I could trouble you
for a glass of water.
Of course.
Come and sit for a while.
Stephen, will you fetch
a plate of food
and a glass of water for...
The professor?
Yes, yes.
You can call me
This is really
very kind of you.
Not at all.
Would you prefer
lemonade, Professor?
You know,
there's nothing in the world
I would like
more than for you
to pour me
a glass of that
delicious looking lemonade.
Thank you.
May I get you
anything else, Professor?
Oh, no.
Thank you.
You've done more than
enough for me already.
Mother, the professor
has been telling us
about time travel.
He says
it's quite possible.
Well, theoretically,
of course.
My father used to say
that the difference
between theory and fact
is that the former
could make you money,
whilst the later
actually does.
But what use is money
without love?
I shall give you
a demonstration.
My dear, can you
fetch me some card,
scissors and string?
Now imagine
the slits in this card
are incredibly thin.
So thin, in fact,
they had no height.
Now lead
your partners forward
in one direction
only, please.
Now if you'll keep
your heads even.
Don't look up or down.
You will see the world
as a creature
that lives in one dimension.
Now what do you see,
Just a little bit of
blurry green and some brown.
You see, creatures
that live in this world
have no concept of left
or right or up or down.
They can only
go forward and backward.
But now, my little
one-dimensional creatures,
imagine suddenly learning
of a second dimension
of left and right.
Now what do you
see now, Victoria?
Greens and yellows
and blues and browns
all rushing by
like on a train.
Jane dear, could you turn
on the gramophone?
my two-dimensional friends,
it's time to enter
the third dimension.
One, two, three.
Two, two, three.
One, two, three.
Two, two, three.
One, two, three.
Two, two, three.
Now I see the trees
better than ever.
The grass is beautiful.
Now we are beings that can
only see three dimensions.
We cannot see
the fourth dimension
because our mask,
as it were, won't allow it.
Now I believe the fourth
dimension to be time.
Now although
we cannot see time,
we can manipulate it.
Oh, could I borrow
your skipping rope?
Now imagine young Stephen
to be the beginning of a life.
He gets older
and older and older
and he, like me,
is an old man.
Now this is how
we perceive time,
like a straight line
from birth to death.
Conrad, could you
hold midway between us?
However, if I could simply
fold the fourth dimension,
I could travel
to a different time.
One should
always say goodbye.
We had quite the day.
will the professor come back
for his spectacles then?
I would think so, dear.
Was father
a great scientist too?
A great, great scientist.
Will you tell me
about him?
Are you ready?
Get, set, go.
I'm getting dizzy.
Me, too.
Can we go
the other way around?
it's a one-way street.
And I shall build
us a castle over there.
And I will be
your queen, of course.
And the professor
shall be your advisor.
Yes, and Conrad
the court jester.
Oh, Goosey, I wish life
could be like this forever.
Don't be silly, Gander.
Nothing's forever,
except, of course, we'll
always be madly in love.
Conrad, you beast,
I shall give you a hiding.
Boy, I give in.
I surrender.
Here comes
the tickle bug.
Please, mercy.
Only if you say,
I'm the greatest.
I'm the greatest.
No, say,
I'm the greatest.
I'm the greatest.
I'm the greatest.
No, say,
Victoria is the greatest
and I must obey her.
All right.
All right.
Victoria is the greatest
and I must obey her.
That's better.
Ahoy there!
You should climb down
and see how deep it is.
Don't be stupid.
It's dangerous.
Sometimes you've just
got to take a chance.
Scaredy cat.
Stephen's afraid
of the well.
Come on, Stephen,
you can just go down
a little bit and have a look.
No, mother
would kill us.
I'm not afraid
of your mother.
Well, I certainly am.
I bet you'd go
if Victoria asked you.
Come on,
let's put the cover back.
Bet you'd go in
if I dropped this.
Give it back, Conrad.
Make me.
Oh, no, it's so heavy,
I can't hold it.
You idiot.
I didn't mean to.
Stop it.
What did you do
that for?
What did you do
that for?
Stop it.
You boys,
get yourselves inside now.
And cleaned up.
And, Victoria,
you better get home.
These two won't be playing
outside any more today.
One elephant, two elephant,
three elephant,
four elephant,
five elephant.
I'm sorry.
I know it's hard
having Conrad stay with us.
But you must try your best
to make him feel welcome.
He's had a tough life
so far.
I know.
I'll try much harder.
I do like him.
I know you do,
Going out to play
with Victoria.
After breakfast,
young man.
And I want you to take
Conrad with you
when you go out
to play.
Yes, mother.
And they score.
We're gonna win the Ashes.
Victoria, come out.
Where are you?
She's not here.
where are you?
She's probably hiding.
You think I could be
a professional rugby player?
if you tried hard enough.
I might prefer
to be a soldier though.
You're still
gonna be a soldier?
Don't know.
After all,
it didn't work out
that well
for our fathers, did it?
Mine would be
a scientist.
I know.
I could help you
if you like.
You're going to be late.
Yes, mother.
Oh, sorry.
So sorry I'm late.
Now, class, I would
like to introduce Stephen.
He has without doubt
the most brilliant mind
it has ever been
my privilege to get to know.
Thank you, Dr. Schmidt.
So who likes physics?
My calculations suggest
that there are many
Actually, an infinite
number of them
all existing in parallel.
Now I believe that every
single possible
combination of events
has happened already,
is happening right now,
and will happen again
in the future somewhere
in these universes.
Yes, Victoria?
Annie, yes.
You mentioned
that you don't believe
that time travel
would affect the future.
Can you explain that?
If we take...
Imagine we're at a fork
in the road of time
and each of these forks
a different universe.
I could take the left fork
and leave this orange be
or I could take the right fork
and squash the orange
with my shoe.
Well, the orange didn't squash
but you get what I mean.
I believe, however, that both
these forks or universes
still exist.
My choosing
to squash the orange
doesn't mean
that the normal orange squash
universe suddenly
vanishes, ergo,
going back in time
and changing something
doesn't actually
affect the future
because every possible
future still exists.
Are you sure
about that, Stephen?
Well, I'm 99% sure.
So if every possible
combination of events
exists somewhere
then there must be a universe
identical to this one,
except, that the orange...
Is called an apple.
And on that note, I think
we should thank Stephen
and allow him to eat
what is left of his lunch.
And, class, don't forget
that Stephen will be giving
the second part of his lecture
at the same time next week.
Thank you.
Oh, Stephen,
I almost forgot.
This came down
from the grants board.
They've rejected
my funding request again.
Oh, well,
look on the bright side.
In some parallel universe
you've probably got
more research funds
than you can use.
But seriously though, Stephen,
the board's worried about you.
I'm worried about you.
I'm fine.
You're pushing
yourself too hard.
Please, don't make
that mistake again.
I'm fine, really.
I think this young lady
wants to talk to you
about your lecture.
So I'll leave you in peace.
Conrad, this is our
new assistant Annie.
Good to have you
aboard, Annie.
You know we can't pay you.
Stephen explained.
Poor as church mice
and all that.
Come on an
exciting day then.
So I've heard, big test.
Here we go then.
Fingers crossed,
38th time lucky.
Annie, do you ever have
deja vu?
Yes, I had it
today actually.
It's the strangest feeling.
Oh, I think occasionally
human beings catch a glimpse
of the fourth dimension.
Sort of, ripples in time
like deja vu.
You actually think
I glimpsed another dimension?
Of course, most of the time,
we can't see these ripples.
Our brain just can't process
that sort of information.
So we subconsciously
brought them out.
But this machine
helps us focus in on them.
Conrad, so the destination
is our garden 15 years ago.
It's going to work.
It's going to work.
Quickly, Conrad.
How bad is it?
I've told him
time and time again
we need money to buy
some decent components.
Not this second-hand rubbish.
Can you pass me
that please?
Oh, good,
it's completely buggered.
You fancy a drink?
So how many grants
have you applied for?
It feels like a hundred.
If you can't get a grant,
how about looking
for a benefactor?
Well, there is one
potential investor
we've known since
we were children.
Renowned army colleague
of our father's
but Stephen's dead set
against it.
He doesn't want anyone
else calling the shots.
Maybe I should
talk to him again then.
Conrad, what is it?
Can't help feeling
that it's my fault.
If I hadn't dropped
Victoria's rope
then Stephen wouldn't be
obsessed with this.
But you said
it was an accident.
Don't know.
It all seems such a blur.
No one blames you.
You were just a child.
I would have climbed
down to fetch it for her.
Ah, you must be Annie.
Conrad's told me
all about you.
I'm Jane,
Stephen's mother.
It's lovely to meet you.
How is he?
Lost in his own
little world.
Why don't you sit
with him for a while?
Annie, just
don't get too attached.
Watching the ripples?
I see her sometimes.
She must have been
very special.
Sometimes everything seems
so make-believe,
so unreal.
Like you're dreaming
and not really here.
If I hadn't have been
too scared to go down the well
and get her skipping rope,
she'd still be alive.
But you might not be.
I failed her.
Stephen, remember Robert?
Hello, Stephen.
Robert and I had a chat
the other day...
about our
financial predicament.
I see.
Stephen, we need to replace
half of these components.
Well, we can
apply for a grant.
And get turned down again.
Conrad's explained to me
that you're not
that keen
on accepting my money.
We could have
a state-of-the-art lab,
a paid staff.
Stephen, I admire
your conviction.
Chip off the old block
if I may say so.
But I have very deep pockets
and I'm sure
we can come to a mutually
beneficial arrangement.
The answer is no.
How about I just make out
a check to you right now?
Call it a donation,
gesture of good faith.
There's a lot more
where that came from.
Stephen, we could be rich.
Yeah, I'm not doing this
for the money.
Just because
you don't want it,
what about the rest of us?
I'm sick of being
a glorified assistant
in this dilapidated workshop.
I just don't trust him.
At times you just need
to take a chance.
I know you blame me
for Victoria's death
and this is just
another way of making me pay.
What's going on?
Ask him.
What's on the agenda?
With decent components
do you think you could
get the machine working?
I'm so close.
I thought you'd say that.
Where did you get all this?
I borrowed them.
Where from?
The university.
what were you thinking?
I thought
you'd be pleased.
No, you could get
You could get arrested.
I'm trying to help you
get over your
bloody obsession
and actually get on
with living your life.
Gin and tonic, please.
One of those days?
You look like
you could use some company.
One, two...
Oh, my God.
I just need
a little drink.
Conrad, where are we?
In my room.
What were you thinking?
How could you bring me here?
Annie, nothing happened.
I slept in the chair.
What if somebody saw us?
Nobody saw us. You...
You know
this sort of thing
could ruin
a girl's reputation.
I'm going to be
late for class.
Annie, actually,
Annie, look,
I know that we've only known
each other a very short while,
but there's something
that I wanted to talk
to you about.
Annie, I'm... I'm sorry.
I can be a bit of
a stubborn idiot sometimes.
Yes, you can.
So you have decided
to swallow your pride
and use the parts then.
Well, I thought if you're
going to prison for theft,
I might as well try and get
some mileage out of the loot.
And if it works,
you could always go back
and return the parts before
the university even notice.
Except changing the past
wouldn't actually
affect the future.
As every
possible future exists.
Are you sure
about that, Stephen?
Yes. Well, 99% sure.
Friends again?
Friends again.
Were you serious when
you said you could get me
a professorship
at the university?
If the machine works,
I'll get you a bloody
A fully equipped
laboratory facility.
Best in the country.
Sit yourself down, lad.
Let's have a proper chat
about your future.
I was a scientist
myself once.
It's not too late
for you, you know.
You don't have to make
the same mistakes
as your father.
Great man that he was.
Great man.
Blaze your own path,
step out from under
Stephen's shadow.
You need to take
control of your life.
I wanted to apologize...
about losing my temper
the other night.
You know, he has been
very good to me.
You're pathetic, weak,
just like your father was.
You need to grow up.
Your kind make me sick,
No guts. Spineless.
I'm worried about him.
He's been behaving
really oddly.
Perhaps, he's in... in love.
I'm sorry, Conrad.
I was only saying
those things
because you've got
so much potential.
I hate to see you waste
your life just being
Stephen's assistant.
You should let me help you.
We could do great things
together, you and I.
Women love the smell
of success.
You would have Annie falling
all over you in no time.
I think we're ready
to run some initial tests.
Should we wait
until the morning?
You're awfully patient
all of a sudden.
All right then,
call it a night.
I could do with a bath.
I didn't want to say.
I'm gonna finish up
a few things here,
then I'll be off home.
Oi, you sure?
Night then.
I can finish up here
if you want to get going.
I like being alone with you.
Annie, how do you think
your reputation
would cope
if you were to marry
a brilliant professor?
What on earth
are you talking about?
Robert's offered me a deal.
I'd have my own lab.
We never have to worry
about money again.
Stephen, what is it?
How could
I have been so stupid?
So sorry.
I knew
he was up to something.
No, it's not your fault.
You did point out
he was behaving oddly.
I suppose
Robert is behind all this.
Do you know
where he lives?
I do.
He's got an old farmhouse
on Mill road.
Horrid taste in
wallpaper though.
So this is what
my money's bought me.
You know I'm not just in
for the money, don't you?
Yes, yes, for the respect
and recognition you deserve,
blah, blah,
blah, et cetera.
Shall we fire her up then?
Once the portal is
warmed up and ready,
I'll be able to capture
moments in time here.
As soon as the image
is captured,
I'll pass you the portal
for a few minutes.
It doesn't actually matter
how long you stay inside for,
it will take place
in a few seconds.
So one could spend
a week inside and come back
only a few seconds later?
Almost, yes.
Let's go back
a few months.
Simple test this time.
It's time.
Ah, Stephen,
just in time to see
the birth of time travel.
Step away, Conrad.
I said step away
or I'll kill your girlfriend.
change the destination,
your house,
a few weeks
before the war should do.
The signal is not strong
enough to go that far back.
Just be a good boy and do it.
He's telling the truth.
Eenie, meenie, miney, mo...
All right, all right,
I'll do it. I'll do it.
Please, it's not safe.
Daddy knows best.
It's worked.
It's worked.
Shouldn't he be
back by now?
There's something wrong.
Damn, Conrad!
Help me.
Where is he?
For how long?
Decades, maybe more.
you'll regret this.
My work destroyed a life.
It wasn't your fault.
Whose fault was it then?
His, Conrad's, nobody's.
It's my machine,
it's my fault.
What about Victoria?
I can't go in.
And I shall
build us a castle over there.
And I will be your queen.
Goosey, I wish
life could be like this forever.
Don't be silly,
Gander, nothing's forever,
except of course,
we'll always be madly in love.
And I believe
that every single possible
combination of events
has happened already...
is happening right now...
and will happen
again in future...
in these universes.
Don't be silly,
Gander, nothing is forever.
And I shall
build us a castle over there.
And I will be
your queen.
I know deep down
if I don't do this,
I'll never be
able to truly live my life...
and always feel like
I'm not really here,
like it's a... a dream.
And I believe
that every single
possible combination of events
has happened already,
is happening right now...
and will happen again...
in these universes.
I just... I thought
if I went down there
and said goodbye...
It's not enough.
I haven't done this since
you were a little boy.
to help you sleep.
I love you, Stephen.
Was Robert my father?
All those stories
you used to tell me
about him being
a great scientist,
were they all lies?
The mind
is a funny thing, Stephen.
It only sees
what it wants to see.
Sometimes it tries
to protect us,
hiding reality
under a cloak of fiction.
Stephen, according to your
theory of parallel universes,
there must be one in
which you, not Victoria,
has climbed down the well,
a universe in which you were
trapped for several hours
struggling to stay afloat
in the dark.
That experience
would have been
so traumatic
that after your rescue,
you would have slipped
into a catatonic state,
a state from which only
occasional sounds
from outside
could penetrate.
You'll be stuck in a world
in which you were
creating the rich fantasy
of imaginary events
built from memories
and snippets of consciousness.
Does such a universe exist?
have you ever thought
that perhaps
you are in that universe?
I'm getting dizzy.
Me, too.
Can we go
the other way around?
it's a one-way street.
Annie, do you think
you can get more parts
from the university?
Well, I need to do
some calculations
but I've had an idea.
These might help then.
you're brilliant.
I know.
we need more space.
Tea, dear?
Oh, yes, please,
What do you
think of this?
Very nice, dear.
I don't suppose you have seen
anything of Conrad.
Will you please behave?
This is
a serious business.
Yes, sir.
This is our weak link.
As we can't hold
the image for long,
we have two basic issues.
The first of which is getting
to our destination
as quickly as possible.
And the second?
Well, holding
the image long enough
to make a return journey.
So we need speed,
hence the well.
No one says
hence anymore.
You're making
fun of me.
Who me?
Get you out.
You ready?
Like that.
Yes, okay,
yeah, got it.
Got it,
just there.
am I imagining all this?
All of what?
You, the machine,
What gives you
that idea?
It's just something
Dr. Schmidt said.
But perhaps you just
imagined what he said.
Reasonable point.
If I am imagining
all this,
perhaps Victoria
is still alive,
perhaps I'm just lying
in a bed somewhere,
dreaming all this up,
hearing people talk
Are you Victoria?
That's a peculiar question.
If I said yes, would you
actually believe it?
It would mean
I had imagined all this.
Well, then just as well
I'm not Victoria.
But how do I know I didn't
just imagine you saying that?
Imagine this.
Where have you been?
It wasn't my fault.
You tried to steal
somebody else's work.
I was confused.
Robert told me
that if I proved
the machine worked
then he would return it
and that he would
fund my own research.
You need to leave
before Stephen sees you.
You mean sees us...
Is that what you're
afraid of?
It's beautiful.
It is.
Stephen dear?
Yes, mother.
What exactly is it?
it's a... it's a map.
A map of the route
I'm going to travel.
connects to the...
to the shiny one.
You're being annoyingly
perky today.
Do you ever wonder if
you're doing the right thing,
making the right choices?
I think everyone has doubts
from time to time.
But it always passes.
I know deep down
if I don't do this,
I'll never be able to
truly live my life.
I'd always feel like
I'm not really here,
like it's a dream.
Have you told him
about the party?
Oh, your mother
and I thought
it might be nice
to have a launch party
to celebrate
all this hard work.
Am I invited?
We'll have
to see about that.
Well, you two
have a think about it.
I'm off to
practice my routes.
It is funny
how men and confusion
seem to travel
hand in hand.
Have you spoken
to Stephen about this?
I keep telling
myself I will,
but it just never seems
to be the right time.
It never is, dear.
It never is.
Why don't you try
counting time?
It used to help me
with my ballet steps.
Really, mother, it's a bit
more complex than ballet.
I told him
counting time would work.
You're a wise woman,
I know.
Could you help me do
my half of the party?
And put
a flower there.
I do worry about him.
I don't suppose
there's anything
you could do
to talk him out of this.
Love to.
But if I persuaded him
and he had any regrets,
no matter how hard
he tried not to,
he'd blame me
in the end.
You are a wise woman,
And you're right.
is a bit of a family trait.
You two have
become very close.
You said there
were two issues.
Getting enough speed
to pass through...
And the return journey.
You're not coming back,
are you?
It is not possible...
it's a one-way street.
Annie, I'm so sorry.
So what makes you think
you could even survive
in these other dimensions?
Well, I don't think
we can for long.
I imagine sooner or later
I'll fall into a hole
in a dimension
I can't see,
but hopefully,
my luck will hold
and I'll have
a little bit of time
before that happens.
After all this planning,
all these calculations,
you're saying
it's down to luck?
Insane, isn't it?
But somehow I think I'm
gonna have enough time there.
It's an interesting
choice of word, Stephen.
Dr. Schmidt,
I assure you I'm quite sane.
Then I suppose I would
say that, wouldn't I?
Well, yes.
After all, one makes
one's own reality.
Or one's own fantasy.
I suppose there's really
only one way to find out.
You sure
you won't reconsider?
I spent a lifetime
working for this.
Well, goodbye, Stephen
and the very best of luck.
Thank you.
Still watching
your ripples?
Are you ready to leave?
As ready
as I'll ever be.
How long will it take?
I don't know.
Perhaps an eternity.
An eternity?
For a few moments together?
When you were a little boy,
I promised myself I would
never stop you from doing
whatever you wanted
with your life.
I've changed my mind.
Please, don't go.
Those days with Victoria,
that was the happiest
I've ever been.
When were you happiest?
The day you were born.
And that's
a mother's answer.
When before then?
With your father a few weeks
before the war started.
Was father
a great scientist, too?
A great, great scientist.
Will you tell me
about him?
Thank you so much.
Thank you, sir.
This is it then.
Just for luck.
Thanks for everything.
It's Conrad.
Stop it.
What did you do
that for?
What did you do
that for?
Stop it, boys.
Stop it!
The only thing
I ever wanted.
Conrad, calm down.
Calm down.
You don't get to tell me
what to do.
Take a good look.
Are you sure
that's what you want?
I never meant to drop
Victoria's skipping rope.
I would have climbed down
to fetch it for her.
I know.
I know you would have.
I'm so sorry.
But this time
I get to be the first one.
I spent my whole life
working for this...
but suddenly
I'm not so sure.
Annie, I'm falling in love
with you.
Ask me to stay.
You're the most wonderful
man I've ever met...
but I'm not falling in love
with you.
I've been so foolish.
I'm sorry.
I know deep down
if I don't do this,
I'll never be able
to truly live my life
and always feel like
I'm not really here.
I'm not falling in love
with you.
I am in love with you.
One elephant,
two elephant.
Three elephant,
four elephant,
five elephant.
Goodbye, Gander.
Goodbye, Goosey.
I thought you said
that going back in time
and changing something
would not affect the future
as every possible future
already exists.
99% sure.
But, Conrad, you were
the one that said sometimes
you've just got
to take a chance.
Can I have
my jacket back?
It's getting chilly.