Beyond the economic and political ramifications of globalization, consider its effect on movie stories: the cross-cultural slice-and-dice, a la "Babel," that too often passes for meaning and resonance. In
Mereilles avoids touristy shots of his multiple locations, yet any sense of realism is undone by contrivance. With its international collection of mostly two-dimensional characters and its barely developed ideas on adultery, capitalism, addiction and sex, "360" is an over-plotted and dreary farrago.
Subtlety has never been the director's strong suit, but it's a bit of a shock that the muddled screenplay is the work of
The actors, a mix of stars and lesser-known performers, try to inject the material with emotional urgency — notably
Law plays Michael, who on a business trip to Vienna books the services of a Slovakian prostitute (Lucia Siposova) but is diverted from sealing the deal. Rose (Weisz, who starred in Mereilles' "The Constant Gardener") is a magazine editor ending an affair with a Brazilian photographer (Juliano Cazarre), but not before his girlfriend, Laura (Maria Flor), leaves him.
During Laura's flight out of
Hopkins' character is the most fully realized in the movie, complete with a monologue that the actor makes work, even if its carpe diem message-mongering is as unconvincing as most everything else in "360."
'360' -- 1 1/2 stars
MPAA rating: R (for sexuality, nudity and language)
Running time: 1:50; in English and German, French, Russian, Arabic, Slovakian and Portuguese with English subtitles