When it comes down to picking a Sci-Fi movie, I always choose the one that offers the most interesting theories over the ones that only offer good CGI but without a good plot. The Gateway offers a gripping story with a nice plot and it is an Australian production directed, written and produced by John V. Soto, who did a good job with the budget at hand. However, the movie lacked many things such as solid performances from the cast, the visual effects did not impress me and the sound could have been better. Given the fact that this is an independent movie with a low budget the result is not that bad when compared to the usual Hollywood Sci-Fi movie, mainly because the story is great and John Soto did an excellent job with the script and plotline.
Jacqueline McKenzie performs as Jane Chandler, a particle physicist who is happily married to a writer called Matt Chandler (Myles Pollard). These two are the main characters but Jacqueline plays lead as the physicist who is looking to break the barrier of matter teleportation, next to her assistant Regg (Ben Mortley). Jane and Matt have two kids: Samantha (Shannon Berry) and Jake (Ryan Panizza). Myles Pollard, Jacqueline McKenzie and Ben Mortley fulfilled their roles well but the actor and actress playing Jake and Samantha were not very good. It seemed like they were not very experienced in this kind of role and could have done way better with a better direction from John Soto.
The story is about how Jane Chandler is trying to discover new realities through her newly developed matter teleportation device but she is struggling nonetheless. She lives a normal life with her husband and kids until one day she receives the terrible news that her husband died in a car crash, even though he promised to stick around with her for all eternity (something that drives the particle physicist Jane Chandler). Deeply wounded and in grief, she tries to develop a new way to reach her husband by entering alternate dimensions or multiverses, something that no one has accomplished before but she is a pioneer in that field and soon finds out a way to reach her late husband. But something that time travel and paradox has taught us is that we cannot meddle with other realities without causing serious harm, something that Dr. Jane soon realizes and tries to mend.
Compared to other movies with similar plot and storyline, the movie is not that bad because it offers an interesting story with good lines, at least on the first half of the movie. The way John Soto presented the movie is great and his directing is above average, however, he could have improved a lot if he had been more involved with the support characters, such as Samantha and Jake. The visual effects are so-so, satisfactory in some scenes but really lackluster in others but this is something to be expected of a low-budget, independent film. The Gateway is a nice film to enjoy when you have nothing else to watch but if you are looking to learn more about multiverse theories and particle physics, this movie is not very enlightening.