365 Days: This Day Movie Review

Despite the reviews of displeased audiences on the internet, this movie might just be better than Morbius. So let’s see what happens in it!

365 Days: This Day, the sequel to the 2020’s sensual thriller, is here to fill the void left by 50 Shades of Grey. And it has a very apt title, considering how long the sequel has dragged on since the first one.

Movie details

  • Genre(s): Drama, Romance
  • Production: Netflix
  • Official Site: https://www.netflix.com/title/81397576
  • Director: Barbara Bialowas, Tomasz Mandes
  • Writer: Barbara Bialowas, Blanka Lipinska
  • Starring: Kamil Lemieszewski, Magdalena Lamparska, Michele Morrone, Otar Saralidze, Rafal Nowaczuk, Victor Stadniczenko

The cast of 365 Days: This Day

Of course, there wouldn’t be a 365 Days sequel without our two leads! Anna-Maria Sieklucka and Michele Morrone have both returned to reprise their roles as Laura and Massimo, respectively. There are also new and returning faces including Magdalena Lamparska (Olga), Simone Susinna (Nacho), Otar Saralidze (Domenico).

The plot summary of the film

Despite surviving the tunnel incident at the end of the first film, Laura (Anna-Maria Sieklucka) tragically lost her unborn child. Her mafia-boss kidnapper turned lover, Massimo (Michele Morrone), doesn’t know that Laura was even ever pregnant. They get married and on their honeymoon, the newlyweds engage in a lot of sex. Laura’s best friend – Olga (Magdalena Lamparska) – is the only one who knows about the baby she lost, and Olga has  been busy having sex with Massimo’s partner Domenico (Otar Saralidze).

While Massimo is busy with mafia stuff, Laura is stuck at the house as a housewife. Laura decides to flirt with the attractive gardener, Nacho (Simone Susinna), despite Massimo’s claims that he is protecting her from harm. When Laura discovers her husband having sex with his ex-girlfriend, Anna, she abandons him and moves in with Nacho. But she has no idea that Anna was having sex with someone other than her husband… That’s right, it was his… (Drumrolls)

Plot Analysis

If you don’t know any better, the movie comes across as a parodical take on eroticism. The filmmakers aren’t conscious enough to make this distinction and proceed into parody zone, which is a big problem here. It’s just similar to the scene in American Pie where Jim moves over to Nadia and joins in on the talk and laughter before ghosting.

If you’re very interested in the storyline, you’ll learn that in This Day, Laura is struggling with her near-death incident at the end of the first expedition, while at the same time trying to break away from Massimo’s “overprotective” behavior. In essence, he uses the pretense of guardianship to effectively jail her. Choosing between accepting Massimo’s expensive gifts and a life of luxury in a gilded prison, or instead considering the overtures of her stunningly hot gardener Nacho, is a difficult decision for Laura.

Robotic language and overblown pop songs soon fill the most of the second half of the film, when theatrical plot twists and sex scenes fade into the background. Aside from Laura (Magdalena Lamparska), I also found myself longing for Olga, Laura’s best friend (who at least had the elegance to return from her protracted absence with the euphoric one-liner “I can’t calm down, I am Polish”) near the end of the film.

As Nacho is introduced and Laura begins spending time with him, 365 Days: This Day has a strange tone and tempo, with the middle section of the film collapsing into dull mediocrity. A lot of people will figure out Nacho doesn’t have thousands of lawnmowers for sale on the black market for his sketchy gardening business from the story. Then there’s the dialogue which is abysmal in every way possible.

All of these anomalies leave us with an unintelligible muddle that looks like an embarrassing advertisement for an erotic thriller.

Critical review of the film

Except you don’t mind two couples having sex while loud, irritating song plays for the first 25 minutes of the movie, This Day actually takes an eternity to get into its plot. If you persevere through these scenes, you might get a little not of reward, but it’ll be hard, cold, and flavorless at that time. In other words, this movie is like a dull, watered-down telenovela, full of clichés and thin enough to test many people’s patience before it even gets to the main plot.

After the over-the-top, schlocky lovemaking scene comes to a pause, Massimo’s job causes friction in his relationship with Laura. Being a gangster, Massimo’s work gets in the way, making Laura miss the days when she was abducted and compelled to fall in love with him over the course of 365 days.

Movie performance

Though the Fifty Shades of Grey trilogy grossed over $1.3 billion worldwide, it’s hard to imagine any similar-intentioned enterprise re-creating that success after the pandemic. Put simply, aren’t these movies better designed for audiences who can instantly re-watch the best parts of them, in 4K no less, seconds away from their bedrooms?

Netflix’s huge success with 2020’s 365 Days, an adaptation of the first novel in the erotic novel trilogy by Blanka Lipiska, is no surprise. Despite its universal critical deprecation (it received a 0% rating on Rotten Tomatoes!) and wider concerns regarding the sexualization of domestic abuse, the movie has still gained huge global popularity.

Even though it took the Fifty Shades movies some time before they became a maudlin thriller like this one, 365 Days has always been centered around a abducting, gaslighting, and Stockholm Syndrome-ing into a relationship—and in the recent installment, marriage—of every thing.

Concluding remarks

Regardless of the terribleness of the movie, Netflix is hoping this will be a big hit, as a third film is reportedly already in production. Although it has a talented cinematographer and technical crew, there is nothing here that can be recommended on a genuine level. Those who enjoy trash cinema will, however, have a good time with it.

In all, despite its outrageous sub-telenovela plot, this boringly horny sequel fails miserably in its attempt to distance itself from the icky foundations of its predecessor.

After all that, I don’t think that we’ll still be tuning in to watch part 3.