SciFiPulse is a little late to the party to discuss The 355 (2022). However, we’ve finally seen it. So, we’re here today to let you know our thoughts on the movie. The 355 involves a lot of shooting. Consequently, the best way to rate the movie seems to be hit or miss . . .?
A strong cast promised to make The 355 worth watching. The acting is the strongest aspect of the film. There are no standout performances, and there’ll be no award winners via this film. But there are some solid performances, at least. Jessica Chastaine can be said to be the leading actor in the film. She is very good, as are her co stars. Diane Kruger also impresses, as does Lupita Nyong’o. The men in the film do help add to the ensemble, too. Sebastian Stan, the MCU’s Bucky Barnes provides a strong screen presence.
The ways in which the choreography was done helped to make the many fight scenes look quite impressive. It was clear that they were going for a sense of gritty realism. Also, the device that was being sought seemed to be actually be able to exist, which worked well.
The 355 had many problems. For example, aspects of the story weren’t managed as well as they might have been. Firstly, it was hard to invest in the characters early on. This meant that when they all eventually met up, the vital requisite “buy in” as a viewer was missing. There were also a good deal of double crosses that were easily able to be guessed. Secondly, there needed to be a lot more fun. This sort of film would have worked much better as a traditional Spy-Fi flick. There didn’t need to be a plentiful supply of gadgets, but there needed to be more fun and use of humour. This aspect felt particularly jarring because of the talented cast they had to utilze.
Hit or Miss
Unfortunately, The 355 is by and large a miss. Supposedly, the story is based on true events. This likely explains the tone of the film, and why they wanted it to be gritty. Indeed, there were some parts that achieved that quite well. However, a story is always the collective sum of its parts. Plotting and pacing matter, a great deal The story needed to be more linear, and basic. It felt as if they were trying to re-invent the wheel, and go for something innovative. That gamble backfired and so we had a disjointed, average movie.
There are still limited showings of The 355 in cinemas, now — but probably only for this week.