Jack, a loner, spent time as a child trying to understand the world around him by studying everything that he could. Now, he spends his days working in an antique shop and is plagued by memories and nightmares while he sleeps, alone, in his decaying home. A mysterious woman brings Jack an old clock and asks him to fix but inside he finds a journal belonging to Albert Einstein, which contains his thoughts and incomplete Unified Field Theory. Now Jack finds himself picking up where he left off in an attempt to solve and understand the complexity of time and existence.
Before we started Film Bizarro, I remember following the progression of the "The 4th Dimension" and speaking briefly with…someone…from the production over MySpace. (Yeah, it's THAT old that MySpace was the place to be at the time.) The movie was completed. It was picked up for distribution by TLA. Then it disappeared. It disappeared so quickly that I ended up forgetting about it until it popped in my head one day and then, well, here we are.
After finally watching the movie, I found it kind of sad that "The 4th Dimension" disappeared and fell into obscurity so quickly. It's a simple yet beautiful movie about a man coming to terms with the existence of time. It's actually hard to talk about what "The 4th Dimension" is actually about and what it deals with in terms of the character and the story because there are basically two parts. It's actually a psychological piece, so there is the part of the story that we think is what the movie is about and then there is what the movie is actually about. Again, if I were to go into what either part of the movie is then I'd be selling you on something that it isn't or I'd spoil it.
What I can tell you is that the movie is more drama than anything else that deals with loss and how it effects us. In the case of Jack, it makes him pursue the science behind space and time and in order to understand what time is and what are relationship is with existence and dimensions. Jack's pursuit of understanding how time works and how he can manipulate it takes him to the edge of his sanity. Of course this may sound thrilling or give off the wrong impression, and I apologize about that, because what "The 4th Dimension" is about, or rather what it deals with is the inner turmoil of a character.
Not much occurs in the movie that's "thrilling" and the comparisons to "Pi" (Alright, we get it. Aronofsky is uh-maze-ing. Can people get off his dick already?) isn't a fair one because the two movies have very different tones. "The 4th Dimension" is slow going and is more emotional with a melancholic atmosphere. Nothing occurs that's exciting and that's because it wants you to know, understand and feel for the character Jack. Unlike "Burning Inside", a movie that was slow because it thought it needed to be and that's what would make it artistic.
Unfortunately I can't go much more into than that so I will say the other thing that makes "The 4th Dimension" worth the time is the cinematography. It is outstanding and while the movie takes place in the real world, it often feels like we are in another dimension. A cold, snowy and almost barren landscape surrounds Jack - you can feel the isolation that he does. And again, how Jack's world looks plays into the idea of what we're seeing and what is actually real.
"The 4th Dimension" was made in 2006, was released in 2008 and the directing due behind this are only now getting to their second feature. The movie was well received in festivals and by critics, yet it still fell into obscurity. I managed to pick it up out of the discount bin for five bucks - while absolute dog shit sits on the shelves and fetches MSRP prices that people are more than willing to dish out. It's a true shame to see that happen to such a good movie. I definitely recommend people to check out "The 4th Dimension": Certainly some viewers will be bored with it because it's a character piece where very little happens. I think most should be able to appreciate it though for that reason and for the beautiful cinematography.