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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…
It has some flaws but this film its CRIMINALLY UNDERRATED. Surprisingly this is one of the most unique experiences I´d ever had with a film, and at the same time its one of the most complicated plots I have ever seen in the terms of narrative but its brilliant at the same time. Its a movie that really makes you think in order to fully understand whats going on.
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…
A daring work of art showcasing what the magic of cinema has to offer! Cloud Atlas manages to be a science-fiction, historical drama, action, mystery, thriller, romance, comedy, and much more. There are six different story lines, spanning from the 1800’s to the 2300’s or so, all told together beyond the bounds of narrative continuity. The same actors are used in multiple story lines, disguised in makeup and costume so cleverly that sometimes they are unrecognizable.
The film is almost 3 hours, yet I was never bored. I normally would attempt to give a short description of the plot, but I think I would just lose you all the same in trying to describe the six different timelines and all…
Movie #11 in Scavenger Hunt #4.
Task #1: Film featuring reincarnation!
I thought it would be impossible to make a film of this book.
But somehow Tykwer and The Wachowskis managed to do the best possible job.
I might be a long movie but the time just flew while watching it. It didn't feel like it was three hours.
The actors in it all do a good job, and I think that especially Halle Berry stands out.
It's a beautiful story and a beautiful movie. It's such a shame that it was a flop at the box office.
If you've ever wondered what MRS. DOUBTFIRE would have looked like if they had gotten Hugo Weaving instead of Robin Williams, now you know.
Baile de disfraces con afán de transcendencia, pero baile de disfraces al fin y al cabo.
A story of love, of hope, of happiness, of sadness, and of so much more, spanning many millennia.
I read the book first actually, but don't remember much of it. The movie was so very faithful, and extremely enjoyable.
If you decide to watch this, switch off the light, and give all your attention to it. You won't regret it.
Por fin una película larga que necesita de verdad este metraje.
La verdad es que tenia tantas ganas de verla que no he podido esperar esos cuatro meses de delay que tenemos en España para su estreno, y he acertado plenamente, así podré volver a verla en el cine sabiendo lo que voy a ver y disfrutandola aun más de lo que lo he hecho.
El montaje es algo que no había visto nunca, te hace vivir todas las historias que contiene esta maravilla como si fuera una, sin dejarte respirar, sin diferenciarlas, confundiendote y sorprendiendote por igual.
El diseño artistico te pone los pelos como escarpias, podría ver las tres horas de película sin sonido, solo admirando los planos.
En fin, que si, que me ha encantado, ¿se nota?.
La supervivencia suele demandar coraje.
Cloud Atlas was boring. It had an awesome concept in which the Wachowski's butchered by making it too confusing and there's just too much going on, but Tom Hanks and Halle Berry had great performances, and the cinematography and score were amazing.
Ambitious but shallow
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