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Netflix's Must-Miss Film: '365 Days'

Janeen Mathisen

Posted on June 27, 2020 17:44

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Stay away from this hideous, poorly-written slog at all costs.

365 Days is newly-added to Netflix and, in stark contrast to Netflix's reputation for actual entertainment, is one of the worst, lowest-denominator pieces of drivel to be included in the service. While the acting is decent and the threat of the mafia well conveyed initially, the film collapses when it comes to the plot: a mafia boss gives a kidnapped woman one year to fall in love with him.

The main problem shows itself early on: a shocking lack of motivation for its characters. Massimo, a mafia boss who kills, tortures, and takes everything by force, has no reason to become infatuated with tourist Laura other than the fact that she is physically attractive, and even that reasoning is flimsy when he's so powerful that he can have any other woman at his beck and call, which the film makes a point of showing more than once. He wants her because he wants her. On paper, the idea of a mafia boss who wants to love genuinely is an interesting idea, except that both Massimo and the film fail to deliver this idea. He says he wants to change but never does, oscillating between enacting violence and apparently demonstrating restraint. In a life where he can get anything he wants, suddenly restraining himself contradicts what little personality he has, and the motivation for it is ridiculously nonexistent.

Laura begins as a promising, smart character who tries to escape. She rejects Massimo's advance -- until she doesn't. Instead of a gripping thriller about her using her smarts to escape, she abandons her intelligence and becomes as witless as Massimo. Possible audience intrigue is thrown out the window as she falls in love with his body, despite the fact he'd been stalking her all over the globe for years and has portraits of her in his mansion. As the author of the book makes a cameo in the end, her youth, coupled with the constant lust the plot tries to pass off as normal, makes the identity of the film abundantly clear: it's in the same category as Fifty Shades of Grey; wish fulfillment and insert fantasies with no quality of writing whatsoever, a piece of scum so unworthy it's a miracle it got produced at all.

The pacing, writing, characters are the real horrors of this movie. 365 Days romanticizes kidnapping, Stockholm syndrome, and the horrors of mafia lifestyle while constantly glorifying in materialism.

Is manipulation, kidnapping, lying, and murder okay?

If the perpetrator is handsome, then according to this movie, the answer is yes.

Just like any sane person would want to avoid the mafia in real life, stay as far away from this all-around atrocity as you possibly can.

Janeen Mathisen

Posted on June 27, 2020 17:44

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