Ensemble dramas with interlocking storylines were big for a time, culminating in Best Picture Oscar winner “Crash”. After that, they were deemed too contrived and that trend petered out. Now, it’s seeing a mini revival of sorts, with “360″. It boasts quite a powerhouse cast, with Jude Law playing a man who strikes up a romance with a prostitute, Anthony Hopkins as a father bringing a long-long daughter back from Brazil, and Ben Foster playing a sex offender who’s afraid he can’t control himself once out of prison. The film also has a writer/director combination who’ve earned a lot of cred from their past projects. So this shouldn’t be a gimmick picture, or at least it doesn’t appear to be, judging by this trailer. I’ve always been a fan of director Fernando Meirelles, and though his Hollywood stint hasn’t had the gritty, hard-hitting impact of his 2002 Brazilian debut “City Of God” he still makes consistently good films. I’ll be looking out for this one.
This is the official synopsis: “From two acclaimed artists: director Fernando Meirelles (“City of God,” “The Constant Gardener”) and writer Peter Morgan (“The Queen,” “Frost/Nixon”). With a stellar international cast that includes Rachel Weisz, Anthony Hopkins, Jude Law, Ben Foster, Jamel Debbouze and Moritz Bleibtreu, “360″ is a moving and exciting dramatic thriller that dazzlingly weaves together the stories of an array of people from disparate social backgrounds through their intersecting relationships.”
“360″ premieres 3rd August in limited release in the US. Look for it on DVD here.