Sure, Fernando Meirelles disappointed everyone with 2008’s Blindness, but that disappointment stemmed from the fact that he had already directed films as good as City of God and The Constant Gardener; expectations were through the roof. Now that we’ve all been knocked back down to Earth, maybe we can take a more balanced, cautious approach to his latest film, 360, which has just released a trailer.
What does he have in store for us this time? The first thing that jumps out at you when you watch this trailer is the realization of how good the cast is. It’s kind of hard not to get excited for a film that’s headlined by names like Rachel Weisz, Jude Law, Ben Foster, and Anthony Hopkins. The other thing that’s instantly striking is that Meirelles still seems to be on point as far as the visuals of his films are concerned. Despite the fact that 360 seems to just be a tale about people’s relationships, with a little bit of menace and deceit thrown in, you would think that it was some sort of epic, globe-hopping thriller if you watched it without audio. Not only are there gorgeous locations on display, but everything is shot with Meirelles now trademark blend of classically beautiful photography and cutting edge, stylish experimentation.
Will Meirelles ever be able to recapture the quality of City of God and The Constant Gardener? That’s tough to predict. Blindness seemed to have all these qualities going for it and ended up being a letdown. 360 definitely looks like it’s worth giving a chance though. Who could turn down an opportunity to watch Ben Foster playing another weirdo?
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