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ET Movie Review: '360'

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Anthony Hopkins, Rachel Weisz and Jude Law head an international cast in a new film from the director of The Constant Gardener. It's called 360.

This is the second film in the last few weeks to come along that's inspired by Arthur Schnitzler's play "La Ronde."

It's a series of separate yet interconnecting stores, all of which are interesting.

Jude Law plays a married man who hires a prostitute while he's in Vienna on business. He then becomes the victim of a blackmailer.

Rachel Weisz plays his wife and she's having a steamy affair of her own back at home.

Anthony Hopkins plays a tortured man who's searching for his grown-up daughter, who is either missing or dead. While stranded in a Denver airport, he becomes a fatherly figure to a young woman who was recently cheated on by her boyfriend.

While grounded, she becomes friendly with a sex offender, played by Ben Foster, who was just released from prison. Not knowing anything about Foster's character's past, the scenes between them are engrossing and filled with tension.

There are other stories that grab a hold of you here too, including one about a disgruntled limo driver/bodyguard who is trying to take hold of his life.

As I mentioned, at least one or more of the characters are in some way connected to each other. To tell you exactly how would ruin some of this. Part of the strength of this film is in finding out exactly how and those revelations heighten the suspense.

Director Fernando Meirelles and screenwriter Peter Morgan, who also wrote Frost/Nixon and The Queen, have constructed a fascinating film that grabs you from the beginning and never lets go.

Each brief scene is a separate gem to behold and the actors add just the right amount of subtlety to their performances to make the entire thing work. In many ways, it's an actors showcase and they all make the most of it.

Finally, there's a good grown-up film offering up food for thought that I can wholeheartedly recommend amongst a summer of comic book kiddie fare. ClientIP: UserAgent: CCBot/2.0 ( Profile: TWCSAMLSP