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A set of six nested stories spanning time between the 19th century and a distant post-apocalyptic future. Cloud Atlas explores how the actions and consequences of individual lives impact one another throughout the past, the present and the future. Action, mystery and romance weave through the story as one soul is shaped from a killer into a hero and a single act of kindness ripples across centuries to inspire a revolution in the distant future. Based on the award winning novel by David Mitchell. Directed by Tom Tykwer and the Wachowskis.
"What is an ocean, but a multitude of drops?" - Adam Ewing
I think the only sensible way to review this film is by each of it's inter-twining stories. In chronological order, of course:
Time and setting: South Pacific Ocean, 1849
Genre: Sea-faring adventure/period drama
Protagonist: Adam Ewing (Jim Sturgess)
Well, I suppose a good place to start is the worst place to start, because things can only get better. Although the events of this section are meant to be small and cramped to show the gravity of the events that are to follow, this doesn't seem to gel with the rest of the story. The other stories have a bigger scope, while nothing much happens in this…
It speaks volumes of a filmmaker when they can fluently negotiate, perhaps perfect, multitudinous genres during their careers. What speaks even louder and distinctive volumes is that adept versatility showcased in and confined to a singular film, which navigates genres in such a fluid manner that the coalition of possibly conflicting styles is in fact flawless. Cloud Atlas is one such phenomenal film for the Wachowski's and Tom Tykwer, and what they orchestrate beneath the 172 minute smokescreen is unparalleled, exceedingly audacious and possibly, in due time whilst the film ferments, a revered classic in cinema.
Historic and futuristic; comedic and mightily dramatic; thrilling and introspective, Cloud Atlas traverses an abundance of eras, harnessing the theory that each choice we…
David Mitchell’s novel is one of the most impressive novels I have ever read. It is an exercise in style, an exploration of the nature of humanity and a narrative of hope, an appreciation of art and a glimmer of redemption for a self-destructive race. That is what I got out of it, but the book is so complex that multiple interpretations are possible and there is always the chance that people will not take anything from it at all. That’s the nature of any form of art. Where the film fails to be a successful adaption of the novel on that deeper level for me, it more than succeeds in distilling a common thread from it, structuring the complex…
Having read the book only after seeing the trailer a few months ago, I was never in the camp that thought the book should/could never be turned into a film. I read the book with an almost insurmountable amount of hype behind it, but it met those expectations handily. The film has been hyped even more than the book, with good reason! The book is epic and dramatic, spanning vast amounts of time and space. Even though it has one of the most interesting and impressive narrative structures of all time, the narrative is secondary in importance to the themes holding the disparate characters and circumstances together. How do you turn such a book into a movie without failing miserably?…
The Wachowski siblings have always been ambitious filmmakers even if they have overreached themselves on more than a few occasions. Cloud Atlas is undoubtedly their most ambitious project to date both thematically and logistically. Three directors, six interweaving stories and a big budget independent production dealing with existential questions: At worst it is career suicide, at best filmmakers’ folly.
Although David Mitchell’s original novel deals with the concept of storytelling it never seemed a natural fit for the silver screen. It is simply too dense and sprawling to be considered commercially viable. Therefore it took filmmakers with the vision and financial clout to bring this adaptation into the world. For all its faults, and it does have many, it is…
(Forward: I've been planning this review for a very long time now. I was very excited when the film came in the mail today.)
If a film is good, I'll usually think about it for a day or two before moving on. If it's great, I'l think about it for weeks. But to think about a film almost every day for nearly six months after I've first seen it? That takes a miracle.
And Cloud Atlas is that miracle.
Now, since I believe that the Academy should be subject to criminal abuse for disregarding Cloud Atlas, I shall now list every Oscar category that the film was eligible for and give reasons why it should have been a frontrunner at…
Half a star knocked off for unnecessary, top hat wearing, green, hallucination Hugo Weaving.
Half a star knocked off for future Tom Hanks' terrible enunciation.
Besides that, this is an incredible, fascinating, awe-inspiring epic, the likes of which we'll probably never see again. And that's the tru tru.
Anyone who says that nothing the Wachowskis have done after The Matrix is any good is wrong.
Cloud Atlas tells the interwoven stories of different characters played by the same actors over the span of multiple years. From the 1800's to post-apocalypse, we follow various characters in their quests for fame, redemption, love, justice, humanity, and various other themes.
To say that Cloud Atlas's reach is vast is an understatement. This is probably one of the most ambitious films in recent years (after Boyhood). The Wachowskis and Tom Tykwer give us an incredibly moving tale that manages to be coherent despite it's messy storytelling. I get that for conceptual purposes (since most of the stories tread on similar ground) the…
This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.
Cloud Atlas had the best preview I've seen since American Beauty. I expected to be utterly mesmerized and transformed. However, I was let down. Here come the spoilers: What I assumed, was the Tom Hanks and Halle Berry would play the same spirit/soul, but in different physical forms throughout the ages. The thing is, I don't know if they did... Was Jim Broadbent one of them in different form, or was he a completely different entity? Same question for everyone who wasn't Hanks or Berry. I hate not understanding a movie. I can usually keep up with just about anything. But I was so puzzled by the mixing of cast and character by the end, that I just didn't like this experience. I actually watched the preview again, right after, because it was so much more fulfilling on an artistic level than the actual movie.
I recently watched a movie I came to fall in love with. Cloud Atlas is a 2012 sci-fi fantasy drama film based off the novel by David Mitchell, and is adapted for the screen, produced, and directed by the Wachowskis alongside their friend and collaborator Tom Tykwer. Tom Hanks, Halle Berry, and Jim Broadbent helm an ensemble cast also including Hugo Weaving, Jim Sturgess, Susan Sarandon and Hugh Grant. Going into this film I expected it to be pretty good. Instead I got pretty great. The greatest compliment any critic can give is that the movie they watched inspired them to make their own movie. It did just that.
The plot centers around how different actions decide others’ fate in…
How to spend just under three hours trying to guess who plays who.
It's a story of reincarnation.
And, only the director can tell you the whole plot about it.
Great ensemble casts, great performances, and great cinematography.
The revelation after I watch this, there's no such thing as reincarnation.
I went into this film expecting mediocrity at best, at the advice of my friends, who found little joy in this epic-length tale spanning centuries, and many characters. I left the film in awe of the colourful characters, the complexity of the plot, the intelligence of the writing and it's numerous allusions that connect together six very different, yet equally enjoyable stories, which dragged me through a seriously diverse range of emotions, from happiness and heartwarming joy, to heart-wrenching sadness that left me slightly tear-eyed at the conclusion to Cloud Atlas, a feeling that I can still summon up by listening to Tom Tykwer, Johnny Klimek and Reinhold Heil's beautiful Cloud Atlas Sextet.
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