Movies that are slightly off.
Everything is Connected
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…
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 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…
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…
Six intertwined stories, bridged together by a comet shaped birthmark and the epitome of spiritual uplift known as The Cloud Atlas Sextet. Imagine the weight and difficulty of the task to compose something described as the embodiment of Scriabin's echoes, Stravinsky's footprints, Debussy's chromatics, and, let us not forget, a waking dream. Only a madman would attempt such madness, but all geniuses were often considered mad at some point in their lives, and the world is only this wonderful thanks to the contributions of these mad people with their crazy ideas like frying potato slices to a crisp, adapting unadaptable novels or composing uncomposable music. As I listen to the soundtrack on repeat while I type away on my keyboard,…
7th time? Something like that, I know I saw it four times in theaters & @ least a couple times after that so w/e. Also 2 yrs w/o seeing it is 2 yrs too long for this beautiful baby. One of those things I see where I return to the feeling that I'd have loved to have made something like this (goes for all the Wachowskis' but Bound as I haven't seen it, also never seen any of Tom Tykwer's work but I think I might finally get around to that).
What doesn't break on thru in the most stellar, fascinating, & captivating ways I hereby deem possible?
Moved from 28-lucky #7. Yaas, bb, yaas.
An ambitious attempt to combine 6 shit films to make one good one.
Far too long and tackling more than it’s able, Cloud Atlas is a film of huge ambition and epic scope. Like the music central to the plot, Cloud Atlas plays out like a dream; captivating but soon fading to memory, leaving an ideal of what has gone before. This is one cloud that certainly has a silver lining. Aronofsky's The Fountain achieved more along similar lines in shorter running time.
Full review at FilmJuice.com
Will probably have to watch it again to give it a proper rating.
Wow. What a fantastic, philosophical feast.
"Our lives are not our own. From womb to tomb, we are bound to others. Past and present."
This is what was the film was about. And it's more than a message that we are all connected somehow, or that one turn of events can affect generations to come. It's the first sentence that resonates with me.
The depth, the humor, and the sheer brilliance of characters left me wanting to watch it again. Immediately. But I don't have another 3 hours today. So I'll just have to let it fester in my brain until a more opportune time.
Tom Hanks and Halle Barry are Tom Hanks and Halle Barry in prosthetics and a…
An unlikely friendship between a sick sailor and a stowaway slave. A talented young composer hiding his homosexuality. A journalist investigating a conspiracy within a nuclear reactor corporation. An elderly man escaping a retirement home he's been placed in against his will. A clone catalyzing a revolution in futuristic Seoul. A tribesman living in a post-apocalyptic society discoving himself spiritually.
These six tales may seem completely unrelated, but leave it to the Wachowskis (as well as source material author David Mitchell, of course) to interweave such seemingly disconnected storylines into a single, philosophical storyline spanning hundreds of years. It's a daunting task, but surprisingly, the Wachowskis manage to pull it off. It should be said that Cloud Atlas is not…
David Mitchell's 2004 Booker short-listed novel, "Cloud Atlas" told six stories spread over the period 1850 to 2321 telling a mystical and complex story about the cyclical nature of life. Often spoken of as an unfilmable book, it was developed for the screen and directed by the trio of Lana Wachowski, Andy Wachowski and Tom Tykwer, who keep the six stories, but interweave them rather than running them in order. The narrative therefore has a story set in 1850 in the South Pacific about a lawyer who takes up the anti-slavery cause after witnessing a brutal flogging; a 1930s story, set in Scotland, about a gay musician working for an elderly composer; a political conspiracy story set in 1973 San…
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the greatest actor of his generation
I have been (and will continue) tinkering with this description because no words seem to be able to express exactly…