360 review (DVD)

Hopkins gives a superb performance in this episodic merlodrama. He shows up roughly halfway through as a grieving father on the search for his daughter who has disappeared. He is effortlessly charismatic. so subtle and compelling as a lost man coming to terrns with the fact that he might never see his offspring again. In one scene he attends an AA meeting and his acting is so natural and unforced it entirely grips you. Hopkins is the best thing in this lacklustre affair.

360 presents a roundelay of troubled characters coincidentally connecting and alternately being thwarted in the desires and destinations. Hopkins' scenario is the most touching. He forges a friendship with pretty young Laura (Flor) whom he meets on a flight. She has just split up from her photographer boyfriend (Cazarre), who is having an affair with his editor Weisz, and tries to sleep with sex offender Foster. Law plays Weisz's husband, a businessman who while cutting a deal abroad tries to engage the services of prostitute Mirka (Siposova). Later on in this limp narrative her pimp (Krisch) violently comes to blows with her new client, nasty Russian Ivanir. His assistant (Vdovichenkov) takes a shine to Mirka's sister (Marcinkova) as his marriage to Valentina (Drukarova) is on the rocks. She is lusted after by her doctor colleague (Debbouze) and attended the same Arizona AA meetng as Hopkins. See? Everything is connected in the end.

Not that you'll care mind. Peter Morgan scripted this one and I'm sorry to say that it's another one to mark in the dud box. With Hereafter and this, he seems to have lost his touch. Meirelles' direction is calm and confident but he can't make it come alive. It's mildly watchable but wildly uneven. The various episodes, with the exception of Hopkins's scenes, never take flight, and in desperation a brief burst of action at the end tries to imbue the movie with excitement. It fails to make an impact. Overall, one is left scratching one's head at its insipid pretensiousness. It has a broad canvas, covering several different countries, but is rarely effective or involving. A huge misfire to be sure.

EXTRAS ★★ An interview with director Meirelles and a behind-the-scenes featurette.

Stuart O'Connor is the Managing Editor of Screenjabber, the movie review website he co-founded with Neil Davey far too many years ago. He likes all genres, as long as the film is good (although he does enjoy the occasional bad "guilty pleasure"), and drinks way too much coffee.

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