“A dramatic thriller that weaves together the stories of an array of people from disparate social backgrounds through their intersecting relationships.” – IMDb
How many films do you know of that fit that exact description? Most people would say countless, because that plot summary of “360” on IMDb is incredibly generic and really doesn’t tell you anything about the movie. So what is it about the film that you do need to know?
First of all, there really is a lot of stories. You will be introduced to a model willing to do anything for money, a businessman, a couple of married women doing what they aren’t supposed to be doing, a photographer cheating on his girlfriend, a stalker, a convicted sex offender, and a distraught father played by Anthony Hopkins. All of which somewhat weave together, as the plot summary suggests, but just by barely.
Basically, these stories sometimes meet up, and sometimes don’t, making the entire movie utterly meaningless. It needed way more substance than it had, and it needed more of a firm connection with all of the characters. Too many movies deal with a range of characters, their stories, and how they eventually interestingly meet up. It’s the best way a film can portray the six degrees of separation theory, and it is sometimes done very well. However “360” ignored the six degrees rule, and only had some characters randomly meet other main characters, but not the rest. After that, some major characters are then disregarded for a huge majority of the film, characters that we may actually would have been interested of seeing more of their story, like Anthony Hopkins or Ben Foster’s character.
If we were to look primarily at the acting, we would notice that the acting was done pretty well. When we look at writing, we also learn that each respected storyline was done pretty well…on it’s own. As a whole, the entire movie seems jumbled as if there was a separate writer for each individual storyline, and they had no idea how to connect the stories. It really is a shame, because there are a number of very well known, and incredible actors in this film that couldn’t have possibly known the outcome of the movie.
In the end, there is just way too much for the audience to keep track of. The writers worked too hard and ended up making a mess of things and didn’t bother to clean up. So how can you define “360?” In math 360 degrees is something that goes full circle, but the only thing encompassing this film is confusion and messy writing.
“360” comes to DVD and Blu-Ray on Nov. 6!