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360 (2011) Movie Review

Anthony Hopkins 360 (2011) movie review

Anthony Hopkins 360 (2011) movie review

Anthony Hopkins latest 2011 movie 360 was unveiled this September at the London Film Festival, receiving a nomination for Best Film, the outcome of which will not be known until next year.

This romantic drama with intruiging overtones of a thriller stars Rachel Weisz (Rose), Jude Law (Michael Daly) and Anthony Hopkins (John) with an engaging supporting cast.

360 is a multi-cultural movie, spanning the continents in cities as diverse as Vienna, Denver, Bratislava, Paris, and London, lingering in each location long enough for the audience to get the flavour of the particular place. Beautifully, artistically filmed and scored, making for a visual delight, and skillfully directed by Brazillian Fernando Meirelles.

Jude Law (Michael) and Rachel Weisz (Rose) 360 (2011) movie review

Jude Law (Michael) and Rachel Weisz (Rose) 360 (2011) movie review

The movie centres around the life-changing choices various characters have to make and the fateful consequences of those decisions upon themselves and others connected directly and indirectly to them until the events come full circle – 360 degrees to be precise.  Chance encounters that lead to life-changing events.  The movie deals with not only multicultural relationships but those which transgress social classes too.  The entire gamut of life’s emotions are played out, adultery, sex and of course love, taking the format of  vignettes of characters drawn from all 4 corners of the globe who turn out to be all connected in one way or another and linked inextricably by sex!  360, loosely based on a 1950’s French movie called La Ronde (in turn adapted from a play entitled Reigen) is as much a romp from bed to bed as much as from country to country.

The movie commences with an introduction to the main theme,with the quote “If there’s a fork in the road, take it.”  The overall theme is quite reminscent of Sliding Doors.  We are slowly introduced to various characters, which are just well enough fleshed out to wet our appetite. Each new story in a new location makes a link back to the last as the tales unravel.  The various characters are also commonly linked by airports and planes. Throughout we are presented with storylines that have various possible outcomes, some could end disasterously and conversely if the coin was flipped, some optimistically, depending on which fork in the road is taken.  It is the viewers job to guess the outcome and the connections.  Often we are left hanging teasingly and abruptly in the midst of a crisis in one story only for another to begin until the circle is complete.

Although 360 is a bit slow at first, the pace soon gets going in full-swing.

Amongst these diverse characters are Blanka (Lucia Siposová), a Slovakian prostitute who is sent to a hotel bar in Vienna to meet Michael (Jude Law) an English business man, who is married to Rose (Rachel Weisz) who is having an affair with a young, red-blooded work colleague (Juliano Cazarré), whose heartbroken Brazilian girlfriend (Maria Flor) has left him, fleeing only to meet John….

Anthony Hopkins plays John, an ex-alcoholic father searching for his daughter who went missing a few years earlier, he is on a flight to the US, which becomes snow bound….

Tyler (Ben Foster), a convicted sex offender fresh out of prison is one of the most engaging characters and adds generously to the movie, providing tension and some scary moments.  Sergei (Vladimir Vdovichenkov), a Russian associate whose boss gets involved with …?

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