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The unofficial agency of the American government Espionage Corporation
is assigned to investigate the Chinese organization The Dragons when
the government is advised to remove the American troops from Asia,
otherwise The Dragons would destroy Los Angeles with a Hydrogen Bomb.
The chief Mr. Kane (Donald Woods) asks his best agent Justin Power
(Jeffrey Hunter), who is testing a time converter belt, to be in charge
of the mission with the Chinese agent Ki Ti Tso (France Nuyen), aka
Kitty. The intelligence agency unravels that parts of the bomb has been
imported by the smuggler Big Buddha (Harold Sakata) and Power and Kitty
seek the hidden place in USA.
"Dimension 5" is an original, but dated, espionage movie and quite underrated in IMDb. I bought this DVD because of the name of Jeffrey Hunter, the unforgettable Captain Christopher Pike of "Star Trek", and I did not dislike this type of 007 with time travel. There is one specific scene that is shamefully bad, when Justin Power finds that Kitty has not died in the car and hugs her and the DVD released in Brazil by Classicline distributor presents many scratched images, but in the end this movie is a reasonable entertainment. My vote is six.
Title (Brazil): "Dimensão 5" ("Dimension 5")
KTLA, in Los Angeles, used to excavate this moldy bit of time-travel weirdness, fairly often. I got interested from the cast, uniting Jeffrey Hunter, (at about the same time he would have been filming the original "Star Trek" pilot, "The Cage"), with future "Star Trek" guest, France Nuyen, ("Elaan Of Troyas"). The SF is very low-budget, very typical of its time, but still manages some interesting comments on time-travel, and its ramifications. (similar in some ways to a classic bit of SF, also pretty forgotten nowadays, "Cyborg 2087"). The time-travel belt is astoundingly cheap, yet every kid I knew wanted one! (ah, the old days before marketing took over!) Hunter gives this more than it probably deserved, and his performance brings most of the worth to the proceedings, while Nuyen tries to look Chinese, (and Communist!). The production was obviously quite cheap, and I have my doubts this ever played theatres. Saw it for years on Independent TV stations around the country, but it's pretty rare anymore. Skiffy ran it once or twice (I think), back when they survived on old movies, and never since they got "respectable", yet it's really no worse than much of their low-budget offerings. It's good cheese, and I wish it would poke its head out now and then.
This movie was interesting to watch. The time-travel concept was very consistent within the frame work of this movie. Jeffrey Hunter was his usual magnetic self, and the supporting cast was fine. It has been a few years since I actually saw this film.
I just pulled out my copy of Dimension 5 the other night and looked at it....as with other United Pictures films it was filled with B actors in starring roles, Jeffrey Hunter, France Nuyen, Donald Woods and Harold "OddJob" Sakata. B plot that doesn't make you think much but it kept the pace going. Many of the United Pictures films were quick paced, "Castle Of Evil", "Destination Inner Space" , "Panic In the City, "Money Jungle" and "The Destructors" so if you get a chance to get any of these, they are good for any sci-fi buff's collection...not the top of the heap but not as bad as things like Astro Zombies. Other familiar faces were Kam Tong who was "Hey Boy" In "Have Gun Will Travel", Deanna Lund who went on to be in "Land Of The Giants", Robert Ito who was in "Quincy ME"
Justin Power (Jeffery Hunter) plays a guy who's supposed to be a
super-smart secret agent. Then why is it once he's partnered up with
Kitty (France Nuyen) he repeatedly blunders and is rescued time and
again by this lady? It's especially amazing considering how often he
acts like he is the super-spy and she is his acolyte?!
When the film begins, you learn that the Americans have a cool device that allows agents to jump back in time to the immediate past! They're using this to battle the ever-present Communist Chinese agents who seem bent on destroying America. Eventually he and his fellow agents learn that the Chinese have smuggled in parts to a nuclear bomb. Where in the US it's going to be detonated and by whom is something Power is going to need to discover--paired up with the Hong Kong-based investigator, Kitty. Can they stop the dreaded Big Buddha (Harold Sakata)?
I didn't mind seeing Hunter's character being out-thought by the female agent, but too many times he just seemed arrogant and really dumb...too dumb to live dumb! This is a weakness of the film. While she's obviously smarter than she is, at the end, Kitty is also a complete moron. And, so was Big Buddha for that matter!! However I did like how realistic and pragmatic the Power was, as he was not above slugging a woman or nearly twisting her arm off to get the truth--which makes since considering the Dragon organization is contemplating mass murder! And, I did like Big Buddha's style-- especially when one of his subordinates has the nerve to TELL him what he should do next! Overall, it's a film that had great promise but it really needed some editing to make the characters less like caricatures. I see this as a time- passer and not much more due to the inconsistent writing. In many ways, this plays like an old movie serial than a film that expected the viewer to take it seriously.
By the way, I saw this on YouTube and the print is badly faded--with the print looking sepia hued instead of in vivid color.
Dimension 5 is a strange little movie that combines several different
genres. At best, I'd call it harmless enough as it does provide some
small degree of entertainment. At worst, I'd call it a mess of movie
that attempts to mix sci-fi and romance elements into what is basically
a spy movie. The results are underwhelming. The sci-fi is missing from
3/4 of the movie, the romance isn't very believable, and the spy parts
are too easily solved or handled.
Dimension 5's plot is a difficult one to summarize. A group called Dragon plans to detonate a nuclear device in Los Angeles if the US doesn't draw down its forces in South East Asia. Agent Justin Power (Jeffrey Hunter) is put on the case. He has at his disposal a time travel belt. He uses knowledge from the future to effect events in the present. He is assigned a partner, Ki Ti Tsu (France Nuyen), from Hong Kong. She is familiar with Dragon. Together, they'll have to discover the mastermind behind Dragon, how Dragon intends on bringing the device into the US, and put a stop to the plan.
Here's a laundry list of issues and observations I took from Dimension 5:
- I recently wrote about the lack of on-screen chemistry in Thor: The Dark World. If it's possible, Hunter and Nuyen have even less spark. On a scale of 1 10, I'd rate their on-screen chemistry at about a zero.
- The build-up to the big reveal that Power's new partner is a woman was painful to watch. I'm not sure how many times Power's boss said something like "your associate" or "your partner" without once using a pronoun. Maybe a female agent was surprising in 1966, but I found the whole exercise tedious.
- The time shift belt is featured in the first 10 minutes of the film and is all but forgotten until the final 10 minutes. There are plenty of other instances where the belt would have helped our heroes. And, at one point, we are treated to some rather lengthy scientific mumbo- jumbo about the dangers of getting stuck in a time shift. But I'm not sure why all this time is wasted on foreshadowing that goes nowhere. That movie, where the characters are caught in a different time arc, might have been more interesting.
- Why is Harold Sakata in this movie? You hire a big bruiser like Sakata and then put him in a wheelchair. What were they thinking? Also, what was the deal with Sakata's dubbing? The dubbing was horribly obvious. The sound quality was completely different from anything else in the film. However, I will give Dimension 5 some credit for hiring actual Asians like Sakata, Nuyen, and a host of others to play Asian parts. A lot of studios and producers would have hired non-Asians and (as I call it) "yellow-faced" the parts. I appreciate the effort.
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