The Jupiter Ascending Stigma™️ is a cinematic event whereas the audience desperately asks for innovative, or simply more creative and…
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,…
This movie screwed me over
Don't shoot me but I like it better than the book
Conclusion: watch it watch it watch it
Ambitious. Pretty visuals. The makeup effects are astounding.
I liked this one more in its 2nd viewing
Man, these gals have no ideas.
Couldn't have watched a better film for Christmas. Simply put, it's one of those we-are-all-connected, we-affect-each-other movies that does not beg to be understood. Its sheer brilliance comes from the stories that capture the incontrovertible and transcendent nature of humanity, against the finite dimensions of space and time. A visually arresting spectacle, it is also accompanied by one of the most beautiful and emotional soundtracks I've heard in years.
literally why was this not nominated for an oscar??? it was amazing???
“Mr Hoggins should apologise to the trees failed for the making of his bloated autobio novel. Four hundred vain-glorious pages expire in an ending that is flat and inane beyond belief”
Rarely does a film reference itself with such honest clarity. The Wachowski ‘siblings’ 2012 ‘film’ Cloud Atlas is an incoherent mashup of loosely connected, underwhelming and predictable stories. There are six timelines present in this Sci-Fi adaptation of David Mitchell’s novel of the same name, who all compete and fail to find centre stage. Often when watching an intellectual film you wonder ‘Am I dumb, or is it the film?’. But this isn’t an intellectual film. It’s just stupid.
The film opens with voiceover narration which turns into a…
A visually mesmerizing, genre-overarching, philosophical, splendid work of art, which explains too much.
While the film has some glaring flaws, they pale in comparison to what an awe-inspiring achievement the Wachowskis pulled off with Tom Tykwer. The cast, special effects, make-up, costume and especially the score are magnificent. And its overarching themes: about pressing on in the face of adversity, of winning by losing, about irrepressible hope despite evil oppression, resonate now more than ever.
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I've seen a quite a few films directed/co-directed by women, so here are my top 100 films, loosely ranked and…