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,…
Απέφευγα να το δω γιατί θεωρούσα πως θα ήταν μεγάλη πατάτα. Τελικά δεν είναι.
This was certainly an ambitious undertaking for the Wachowski sisters, and Tom Tykwer. The interconnected plot-lines and characters that span a long stretch of time are admirable, particularly because it doesn't feel jumbled up. Admittedly, I had to read up a bit more to make certain points clear because there was stuff going on 'round the house while I was watching so my concentration game wasn't at a 100%. Surprisingly, though, the film still turned out to be a highly engaging, though-provoking, and more importantly, enjoyable experience. On a technical level, I can't find fault with this film; the editing complements the shifts extremely well, the music is a piece of symphonic beauty, and the effects (while plentiful) don't make you want to claw your eyes out. Cloud Atlas is beautiful.
I just saw this. I am absolutely, completely amazed.
I really can't understand how I could love a movie like this so much.
In a world of mediocrity, this is to me a masterpiece visually, emotionally, musically and intellectually.
This is a clever movie. You have to watch it and think.
But when you do, wow...prepare for the experience of a lifetime.
Cloud Atlas is a film that audiences spent far, far too long trying to 'figure out' in a cerebra sense. Is it about reincarnation? Time travel? it's nothing of the sort- instead a glimpse into the nature of the cyclical nature of time and humanity itself: that is to say, some things never change. If you let Cloud Atlas wash over you rather than trying to focus in on the nitty gritty, it is an incredible experience and you will leave it refreshed and energized.
First it feels like everything is shattered to pieces and you have to figure out how. I wasn't amazed until movie drag me into it.
It points directly and indirectly to freedom, insights, humanity,
dualism, philosophy, hope etc.
There is almost 3 hours of many style/genre -stories in it. Still. I fell in love to this movie.
Action sequenses are not overkilled with Matrix-style-thing, but Washowski btrothers have their signature in it for sure.
I wasn't sure first is this worth of watching, but now I'm sure that it is and beyond that.
Considering that the Wachowskis were just coming off their most confidently stylistic affair in Speed Racer it's surprising to find Cloud Atlas so very conservative. The scope is huge, for sure, but the size of the intended movie does not make up for obvious short comings in each chapter. All of them sporting a muddy washed out look, and feeling. With the help of Tom Tykwer Cloud Atlas is a six headed hydra of utter shit with each segment more painfully dire than the last. I respect what they attempted to do here, but the filmmakers have absolutely no control over how these stories interconnect or even matter when stacked up against one another. The cutting I'd argue destroys any…
After making 5 super kickass a films in a row, the queens of American genre cinema realize how unfair it is to the rest of the world their consistently being as great as they are. To compensate, they pick their worst ideas from the crumpled paper of their waste basket and make CLOUD ATLAS, a half dozen equally mindbogglingly horrible films rolled into one. The Wachowskis immediately return to their awesome selves, making CLOUD ATLAS seem like nothing more than a bad dream.
I have been (and will continue) tinkering with this description because no words seem to be able to express exactly…
Recently, I've become aware that certain films are able to transcend the medium by being completely self-assured in their atmospheres…