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Screenwriter Peter Morgan and director Fernando Meirelles' 360 combines a modern and dynamic roundelay of stories into one, linking characters from different cities and countries in a vivid, suspenseful and deeply moving tale of love in the 21st century. Starting in Vienna, the film beautifully weaves through Paris, London, Bratislava, Rio, Denver and Phoenix into a single, mesmerizing narrative. Written by
360 Films Ltd
360 is a kaleidoscope movie of which holds a tension I liked very much. The film immediately grabbed my attention, and the longer into the movie the more interesting it gets. The film is about both choices, lust and the need of love. A sort of life travel on the dark side, or maybe more like on the unhappy side, meeting people, connecting coincidentally. People who wants to start new lives. We see both the bad and more sympathetic sides of these people in a way that I haven't seen done so complex and interesting ever before. (My thoughts here went to the Oscar winning "A separation".)
We start off in Vienna, where a Slovakian woman is getting photographed for a escort girl website. From there we move around the world with meeting people from around the world in stories which are becoming interconnected spoken in a lot of languages. Bratislava, Paris, London, Phoenix, Colorado...
He film is full of such strong actors and performances that it's almost a reason of it's on to watch this movie. The film manages us to connect with all these people in very short time. Impressive. Which actor does the greatest role here, is difficult to say, but it is impossible to not mention Anthony Hopkins and Jude Law. Electric performances. But Imust say they are all really great, every single one of them. Vladimir Vdovinchenkov, Danica Jurcova, Gabriela Marcincova... In a very international cast. Brilliant cast, brilliantly instructed.
When this film doesn't get a 10 from me is only because I wanted to know more about the ones we weren't seeing in the end. More could have been made out of it in the end, though I understand that is quite difficult in such a complex told story. I also though the music was not well suited all the way. Some is working. But half of it is very far from what I would have chosen.
The writer of this script is Peter Morgan which I have recently discovered is the writer behind a lot of awesome movies. Amongst these are The last king of Scotland, Frost/Nixon, The Queen, Longford, Hereafter, The damned United, Henry VIII, and the upcoming Rush. What a screenplay writer!
A gem if you like a mosaic of life story, well acted, but far from a popcorn movie. It needs your attention along the way. It deserves your attention.
If you like this, or film like this, I would recommend the following: Crash, Hawaii Oslo, Grand Canyon, Mr. Nobody and The Dead Girl. All great kaleidoscope movies showing the mosaic of life.
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