Around the world, the lives of several individuals play out. A businessman (Law) contemplates having an affair, his wife (Weisz) is actually having one, a sex offender (Foster) has just been released, a father (Hopkins) is searching for his daughter, and a Russian gangster (Vdovichenkov) is getting tired of being his boss’ errand boy…
While not deserving of all the scathing one-star reviews and rotten critical fruit lobbed its way, 360 is unavoidably something of a disappointment. Aside from featuring a decent cast (Anthony Hopkins, Jude Law, Rachel Weisz), the globe-spanning collection of interconnected stories is helmed by talented filmmaker Fernando Meirelles (who helmed City Of God and The Constant Gardener) and written by acclaimed screenwriter Peter Morgan (the man known for his historical adaptations like The Queen and Frost/Nixon). But while you’d have been forgiven for expecting some awards action given the talent assembled, the end result is listless, sterile and disappointingly uninvolving. One strand involving a Russian gangster’s put-upon right-hand man is relatively interesting, but Meirelles and Morgan keep piling story thread on top of story thread so that there’s simply not enough depth in any of them to make you care. The performances are nicely underplayed, but unfortunately this also contributes to the lifeless feeling which permeates the picture. Yes, the central idea is interesting (that the paths we choose in life have consequences), but it never really adds up to much.
While not deserving of all the scathing one-star reviews and rotten critical fruit lobbed its way, 360 is unavoidably something of a disappointment.