This crime drama and psychological thriller follows a man accused of a murder he did not commit.
30. March is an Egyptian movie that's a crime drama and psychological thriller. The Netflix film is directed by Ahmed Khaled and written by Hameed Al Madani. It follows the story of a man accused of a murder he does not remember committing and his determination to find out who did. In the process, he finds himself in grave danger instead. The film stars Ahmed El Fishawy, Dina El-Sherbiny, Khaled El Sawy, Sabry Fawaz, Aya Selim, and Mohamed Ali Rezk.
The film premiered on the streaming platform on September 8, 2021. Here's what you can expect from the film:
Ali is a taxi driver who has been having a hard time. He has been abandoned by his wife who took their son along with her. On top of this sorrow, he also suffers from hallucinations about a man he has never seen. One day, he wakes up to find the dead body of the man he has been hallucinating about, Dr. Naeyr. He has no idea how the body ended up there. He goes on the run and becomes a fugitive in an effort to uncover the truth. His friend Adel, who is also a lawyer, and his neighbor, Hanam decide to help him. He finds an ID card that leads him to Dr. Naeyr's colleague, Dr. Hend. They end up getting abducted when they try to find out what happened to the doctor.
The party is taken to Dr. Naeyr's wife who asks them to look for her husband's project that he was working on. This was a project to ensure that a second global pandemic would not happen again. It was on two flash drives and Ali and his friends are tasked with finding them in the hopes of solving the murder. Over time, they find themselves embroiled in cases much more dangerous than they could have ever imagined.
Adel asks Dr. Hend to talk to Ali's psychiatrist to find out more about his condition. The psychiatrist reveals that Ali suffers from a condition where he forgets things that happen on the 30th of March. These events come back to him as hallucinations. Ali had previously murdered his wife after hallucinating that she was cheating on him with his brother. He had then forgotten all about it to only remember it again on March 30th. The psychiatrist says that a certain song would trigger his memories and they could use that if needed. Ali then receives a video of Hanam being shot and Dr. Hend plays the trigger song at that moment to make Ali remember everything.
After a lot of things happening that have little to no impact on the progress of the plot, we find out that Dr. Naeyr's wife, Farah was behind his death. She had managed to pick Ali as a convenient pawn in her plot to help retrieve the flash drive. She threatens to kill Dr. Hend otherwise. Ali asks Hend to leave the car and goes to meet Farah himself. She is about to shoot Ali but instead gets shot by one of Ali's associates. In the end, we find out that Farah was also helped by Ali's psychiatrist who was part of an international group of psychiatrists who used people like Ali to carry out crimes. This was all planned to silence Dr. Naeyr's research and pin the blame on Ali.
Additionally, we also see that Ali's half-brother Rahim, and Hanam had also played a part in the crime by trying to frame him. He finds that Hanam is actually alive and takes it on himself to kill her. But Rahim intervenes as they grapple for the gun. The screen turns black and we hear a gunshot. We are left hanging about who survived and who died. The filmmaker leaves it to the viewer to decide whether to believe like Ali does that he is dead or that he managed to kill Rahim.