The 4th Dimension

on April 01, 2006 by Susan Green
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Thanks to cinematographer Daniel Watchulonis, stunning visuals eclipse the baffling storyline of “The 4th Dimension.” The incomprehensible American indie by Tom Mattera and Dave Mazzoni looks great as it zeroes in on Jack (Louis Morabito), a profoundly troubled young man who discovers an original Albert Einstein text, hidden in a clock, about the fluid nature of time. But the chronology keeps shifting confusingly between an early 20th-century setting and the present: Although Jack appears to be a scientifically-gifted idiosavant as a boy (Miles Williams) growing up in Philadelphia, he later speaks fluent German and repairs antiques in a shop owned by Otto (Louis Lippa). Moreover, myriad McGuffin-like elements -- Jack's briefcase, a phone number scrawled on his arm, “therapy” boxes he gets from Otto -- remain unexplored, while other details simply don't line up: The protagonist obsessively washes his hands, yet sleeps on a filthy mattress in a decrepit apartment. Even an unhinged person's point of view requires its own internal logic, something this project sorely lacks. Starring Louis Morabito, Miles Williams, Karen Peakes, Kate Laross and Suzanne Inman. Directed and written by Tom Mattera and Dave Mazzoni. Produced by Daniel M. Kalai, Tom Mattera and Dave Mazzoni. No distributor set. Drama. Not yet rated. Running time: 83 min.
Tags: Starring Louis Morabito, Miles Williams, Karen Peakes, Kate Laross and Suzanne Inman, Directed and written by Tom Mattera and Dave Mazzoni, Produced by Daniel M. Kalai, Tom Mattera, Dave Mazzoni, Drama
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