365 Days: This Day review: Laura, Massimo return for another forgettable encounter

365 Days: This Day follows Laura and Massimo’s relationship post-marriage as things get tense between the two with the entry of a stranger and a bigger conspiracy at play in the background.

Story

Laura (Anna-Maria Sieklucka) survived the attack on her in the tunnel. But she had to suffer the loss of her baby.

It’s Laura and Massimo’s wedding day. Massimo remains unaware of Laura’s pregnancy.

After the brief honeymoon, things settle down for the love birds. Life gets a little gloomy for Laura as she struggles to make peace with the boredom of married life.

Things hit a rough patch between Laura and Massimo (Michele Morrone) as Massimo’s controlling nature starts steering their relationship. The sudden knowledge of Massimo’s brother also shocks Laura, although Massimo continues to dodge any conversation around him.

Emotionally vulnerable Laura finds a friendly voice in Nacho (Simone Susinna), the new gardener in Massimo’s estate. Tension develops between Laura and Massimo when Laura finds him cheating on her. At Laura’s request, Nacho takes her away from Massimo.

As Massimo helplessly looks for Laura, feelings start developing between Nacho and Laura.

Performances

Most of the performances in the movie are emotionless and lack any warmth in them.

Anna-Maria Sieklucka has some moments where a glimmer of a convincing performance makes an appearance briefly.

Michele Morrone goes through much of the film with a single emotion at his disposal; anger. Until the very last, Michele Morrone gets very few moments to deliver what could be termed a decent performance and when he ultimately gets the spotlight on him, his performance turns out inadequate.

Simone Sussina is really the star of the film if there is one. Simone gets some opportunity to reflect the depth of his character through his performance in a film filled with forgettable performances.

Positives

There could have been many positives in the movie if it were an ad film directed at showcasing the budgetary additions made by Netflix for the project.

There are some good soundtracks that try to contextualise the situation, accompanied by some good shots aimed at evoking a sense of awe at the beautiful locations and lavish setting of the film.

A couple of moments are splendidly shot capturing the natural beauty of sun-kissed beaches and oceans.

Negatives

There is nothing in this movie that could qualify for a decent story. The few angles that could have been explored to deliver an engaging story are sacrificed to serve a predictable and aimless narrative.

For the majority of the first half, the film is filled with purposeless sex scenes which are aimed at titillating the audience at best and acting as a distraction from the poor writing at their worst.

Unlike in the first film, the sex scenes do not serve any purpose of characterization or story development. In the latter part, the scenes are squeezed in to justify the banner of an erotic film without any relevance.

The inconsequential performances and poorly written character arcs do not add great value to the mediocrity of the film.

Verdict

There is almost nothing that makes this film watchable and worth the time. It serves nothing new for a sequel and makes considerable cuts in almost all departments compared to the first movie. The only possible reason one could watch the movie is to connect it with the third one in the trilogy that’s already in the works. Apart from that, there will always be better things to do with one’s time.

Rating: 1.5/5


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