4 Corners is a minimalist art-piece examining gun violence in Chicago. It consists of 5 vignettes, each loosely based on gang killings committed around a 4-block radius. The stories themselves are presented without context, identification, or discernible dialogue, giving each occurrence a cold and detached feeling. These violent acts are committed in calm and casual fashion, moving from one story to the next without explanation; reflecting how we as a society take in stride the killings in modern day life. Much like the violence we see and hear about every day in Chicago, this film takes us through a sequence of murders that seem and feel pointless, hollow, and cold. We watch as a one killing sets in motion a ripple effect throughout the community, while the reason for such remains uncertain.
One thing however is certain, there are no winners here, just losers.