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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?…
(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…
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…
This film is a journey.
This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.
I can definitely understand why the reception of this movie was so divisive. The themes the film presents are ambitiously shown and thought provoking, which is probably why it didn't score with the majority of the theater going audience. This film is one of those films that gets better with multiple viewings, but also runs a little long. Probably destined to become a cult classic.
This is for sure a comment worthy movie. I have to say I was expecting a lot from this movie, I was expecting one of those life changing, eye-opening movies, I was expecting to get struck by it… but I ended up a little bit disappointed honestly. The movie has a very good plot and an amazingly interesting idea to it, it’s just not developed as well. The movie turns out to be extremely complicated, definitely more than it should be, and a little challenging to understand. You know, sometimes less is more, and this movie is the absolute proof that it could have been so much better if only it had something less to it, if they would have…
What an absolute tripe of a film. If you have watched hollywood films from the 90s which try to be preachy about like and destiny and karma and whatever, this film will feel like deja vu. Little substance shown as a lot of substance. It does talk about all these things like life repeating itself and deeds having impacts beyond our lives. So the film actually feels like what it is trying to 'preach'. Heh.
I appreciate the fact that this film is ambitious and bonkers as fuck. Yay for going for it.
That being said though, this movie is bonkers as fuck.
Also, real question, why did they put a butthole in the middle of Halle Berry's forehead?
This is one of the most thought provoking, deeply insightful works of art in any media... literary, stage or cinema, that I have ever seen. Atlas gives pause, in showing so poignantly deception masquerading as "something else", while also demonstrating soul wrenching insight into the best of Humanity, within whatever the "challenges" of circumstances within each story.
I thought it was a magnificent movie.
9/10: A cult classic in the making, because it will take a while before the appreciation can set in. Its mesmerizing flow and its completely ground-breaking storytelling just blow my mind. I like the collection of stories of stories, where its a combination of different movie genres, drama, love, comedy, crime, sci-fi, post-apocalyptic, all wonderfully done. All that said, you need to have a lot of patience to watch this through and you will be well rewarded! :)
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