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Posted July 28, 2012 03:59 PM by Webmaster
Magnolia Pictures will release on Blu-ray Brazilian director Fernando Meirelles' (City of God) latest film 360 (2011), starring Rachel Weisz, Anthony Hopkins, Jude Law, Jamel Debbouze and Moritz Bleibtreu. The release will be available for purchase on November 6th.
From two acclaimed artists: director Fernando Meirelles (City of God, The Constant Gardener) and writer Peter Morgan (The Queen, Frost/Nixon). 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.
Note: Last year, the film was nominated for Best Film Award at the London Film Festival.
I watched it on demand a few days ago. It plays as a very insubstantial and glib variation on the Traffic/Syriana/Babel formula. Too bad considering the pedigree. The actors are underutilized because every story is squeezed into a tight 15- to 20-minute space; obviously people as gifted as Hopkins and Weisz aren't going to give -bad- performances, but they have no room to play.
I wasn't too surprised, though, I s'pose. One can't help but raise an eyebrow when a film from the director of City of God, the writer of The Queen and Frost/Nixon, and featuring Anthony Hopkins, Jude Law, Rachel Weisz, and Ben Foster is released by a small distributor on demand during the summer. If it were good, I'm sure Fox Searchlight or Focus Features would have it scheduled for a November or December release.
Of all of Anthony Hopkins' roles, this one seems the most authentic. If you're looking for over-the-top, this isn't it, but check out his monologue at the AA meeting. This is a great example of an actor that doesn't let acting get in the way of the character. You don't see an actor working here... just a real man coming to terms with his circumstances. Also, Maria Flor turns in an outstanding performance.
I just voted your comment "up" because I agree with you. You're not trashing the film, you get voted down. I post about a free screening of the movie, I get voted down. WTF?? I don't get too caught up in this stuff. Everyone has opinions. It's just really weird sometimes.