I watched it a few years ago on Netflix. I believe it was made around 2012. This young man has made a machine (and not in a lab like an engineer, it looks like he threw some crap together) that can either manipulate or open up these portals of energy. He lost his mom in one of these portals or she died and he’s trying to get her back.
The other scene that stands out in my head is when this individual and a few of his close friends travel to some backwoods area and find themselves enveloped in this “light” or “energy” which gives them supreme knowledge. Apparently, one of them had raped or molested a child. So his friend scalps him, and not like a Native American would do, but calmly and all while the scalped person calmly told everyone it was okay by saying, “They’re just messing with me”.
At the end, the dude somehow saves his mother and ends up traveling with her or his friend I am not sure but I want to see it again or at least know the name.