An explosive four-person drama about grief, guilt and forgiveness, Dimensions is a dialogue-driven image that tries to hit, scrape, and scrape your soul until there’s nothing left.
About two couples who appear to be moving on after a mass shooting years later Dimensions takes four seemingly immobile forces, played by Jason Isaacs, Martha Plimpton, Reed Birney and Ann Dowd, and collides them, creating the kind of destructive energy you can expect.
What is less predictable is that the film came from the mind of Fran Kranz, best known for playing the stoner Cottage in the forest. Dimensions is his full-length debut as a writer and director, and wow what a powerful first effort.
The letter shouldn’t be minimized at all, however Dimensions is powered by its four stars, each of which takes turns throwing grenades and dodging them … although the alternation may not be accurate as shots are often fired from all sides at any given moment. But the film is not full of hate. It’s a complex, intriguing, and intriguing attempt by four people actively trying to understand how this happened while making sure that others understand their fear. The underlying situation is unfathomable and yet Dimensions is completely believable thanks to its powerful script and actors.
Its only weakness is its length. After nearly two hours, the movie’s emotionally devastating onslaught is starting to wear off, but the real problem is that Kranz spends a surprisingly long time creating the scene. The four main characters only appear on the screen after about 20 minutes. Kranz’s decision to add characters to his film that have no direct impact on the drama is strange and arguably unnecessary, although you can see what he’s tried ;; To portray people observing tragedies from afar, who understand the horror of the situation without actually being able to understand it.
Whatever Kranz tried, he could have started the film with the four main cast walking into the room and the film would likely have benefited from that.
Despite some minor flaws Dimensions is an incredibly haunting drama powered by four incredible performances.
This film was reviewed as part of coverage of the 2021 Sundance Film Festival.
Rating by Erik Samdahl, unless otherwise stated.