"HOW we get here…connections are what intrigues me," said director Fernando Meirelles speaking at the press conference for 360, which opens this year’s London Film Festival.
Peter Morgan, who wrote the screenplay, said it was movie showing modern ‘viral romantic connections’. Morgan, who has notable credits such as The Last King of Scotland, The Queen and Frost/Nixon, was keen to highlight how he was influenced by Arthur Schnitzler’s classic play Reign (La Ronde).
The movie has a distinctly international flavour with a cast from Russia, Slovakia, Germany, Brazil, among others, and also with likes of Jude Law, Rachel Weisz and Anthony Hopkins. The ensemble piece drifts from Vienna, Bratislava, Paris, London, Rio, Phoenix and Denver.
360 is ambitious in scope as it tries to weave together a series of interconnected life stories as character’s find themselves in different parts of the world and interacting with each other in today’s global village. It’s not as dark and challenging as say ensemble pieces such as Crash or Magnolia, but still a valid reflection on the greater global nature of many relationships and interactions and how it ultimately shapes individual’s destinies. You only have to walk down a road, hop on a bus or tube to see this reality in London today.
The movie invoked aspects of Sliding Doors and The Butterfly Effect in terms of cause and effect scenarios which were interesting.
I felt the movie was a little let down by its initially slow moving nature which lacked a little something in keeping the viewer engrossed. This was probably down to its ensemble nature that needed time to introduce characters and may benefit from further viewings. Also I did feel that the movie veered close to being overly sentimental and contrived at times. But ultimately though in a film that deals with love and loss and the possibilities in life to take positive turns (360, get it?) erring to the side of the romantic was not a bad thing.
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