THE PLOT THUS FAR
A look at how a painter and a successful actor spend their last day together before the world comes to an end.
WHAT WE THOUGHT
“4:44″ is the moment when all life on Earth is going to end. Dafoe and Leigh spend their time as a couple trapped in a series of fixed environments. While Dafoe gets how to act right within the play-like confines, Leigh feels lost. I’m not sure if that’s Abel Ferrara not knowing how to direct a young artist type or if it’s all on Leigh. Still, Dafoe makes short work of the material and comes out looking like a champ.
The attitudes of some external characters seemed oddly upbeat and that wasn’t explained, but maybe that’s how it would be for some. The casters may have studied people in the real world who knew they were going to die, so the world essentially ends for them anyhow. That may be worse than knowing everyone else is coming with you. There are endless psychological angles to this plot.
The Blu-Ray comes with a trailer. The 1080p transfer is pretty sharp, even though the footage looks like it was shot only using Skype cameras. The DTS-HD 5.1 master audio track is sharp enough for what’s available. Still, it works. In the end, I’d recommend a purchase.
RELEASE DATE: OUT NOW!