360 is a revolving story. The story covers a broad range of different people across different class and ethnicity and connects them all through their desires and impulses. The first story starts out in Vienna with two Slovakian sisters, one of which is a prostitute named Mirka (Lucia Siposova), meeting with a local pimp. The pimp entices her by telling her stories of former prostitutes that made millions of dollars just in one night as he continues to photograph her naked body. Later, he calls her to tell her she has her first appointment with someone and she is supposed to meet them at a local bar. The man is Michael Daly (Jude Law), a business man from London in town to make a deal, but he is too nervous and never shows up. From here the story begins to follow him, and then follows the next person he meets, and then the next person they meet and so forth.
Being a big fan of both City of God and The Constant Gardner I was really looking forward to the next film from director Fernando Meirelles. A film that reunited him with Rachel Weisz and also included a cast featuring Anthony Hopkins, Jude Law, and many other talented actors seemed like it would be great. Unfortunately the film is slightly bloated, but with a lot of talent thrown in. When watching the film I felt like the movie had all the makings of something good but was being held back by a weak screenplay. The movie has a lot of good things going for it but the story unfortunately cripples the otherwise fine cast by not going anywhere. There’s no escalation between stories, and each story while moderately interesting, isn’t developed enough. Even the final story which serves as the climax of the film and features the two sisters from the beginning of the movie seems like it should have gone through a couple more drafts before shooting. If you’re a fan of movies that jump around to multiple storylines then I’d recommend seeing this movie if only to see how difficult it really is to write a script like these and how easy it is for things to fall apart.
Again, the movie isn’t terrible by any means and is worth watching, if only to see how a great cast and an amazing director can all be brought down by a sub-par screenplay. It’s funny though because I think the story could have actually been a really great novel and I just don’t think Peter Morgan’s idea translates well to film. Unfortunately the sum of this movie’s parts end up equaling less than the individual parts themselves.
360 opens in Philly area theaters this Friday.