Recently, I've become aware that certain films are able to transcend the medium by being completely self-assured in their atmospheres…
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?…
(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…
"My life extends far beyond the limitations of me."
"Honestly, Sexsmith, as ridiculous as that thing made you look, I don't think I've ever seen anything more beautiful."
Would like to see this movie interview Interstellar.
A ver, lo de que los actores interpreten diferentes personajes, a veces principales, a veces extras, con usos de maquillajes un poco cantones en alguna ocasión, me parece ganas de liar todavía más al personal, porque lo de la evolución hacia el bien de las almas y tal me parece una paja mental tan tremenda que ya ni quiero entrar.
Me gusta la mezcla de géneros y referencias: Mad Max, Soylent Green, Akira, los thrillers conspiranoicos setenteros, comedias alocadas.
Pero vaya, que si me meto un programa doble, para mí que saldría más feliz.
If you have three hours to kill, and if you're patient, and ready for something thought-provoking, maybe rent this out. It will be at the very least something different.
The film covers a lot of themes about humanity, stretching characters across six time frames, from the 18th to the 23rd century. And while it may feel muddled due to the way the filmmakers have thrown everything together (rather than playing each time frame chronologically as they were in the book), the film is nevertheless an achievement in terms of its dramatic effect.
It’s hard to go wrong with a cast that includes Tom Hanks, Halle Berry (who somehow has not aged since 1999's X-MEN?), Hugh Grant, Jim Broadbent and Hugo…
Ambitious, sprawling sci fi that bites off a little more than it can chew but just pulls it off. I liked the multi-strand story and the editing between them to imply happenings that they just didn't have time to show. The actors all seem to be enjoying themselves with crazy make-up and costumes. Following the story is a challenge but a real treat once you work out the themes and what's get carried over. A second viewing for me, it didn't really add anything but was just as enjoyable.
I have not read the 2004 novel on which this film is based, an epic sci-fi fantasy spanning centuries written by British author, David Mitchell ... a widely-acclaimed novel that was shortlisted for the Booker Prize that year. Although I believe the word "epic" has become overused, it is a word I would use to describe Cloud Atlas merely because of the film's span and scope and not necessarily its quality (which is still rather good).
The film is SO big it has three directors -- Tom Tykwer (Run Lola Run) and the Wachowski siblings, Lana and Andy (Bound, The Matrix) -- and is comprised of six different stories spanning different centuries and international locations.
The film is a depiction…
One of those important movies. You know, the ones people like to ignore.
Big in scale and concept. Almost too big. It's fun making the connections between all of the stories, but you're left feeling that there was much more story they skipped over and that, although a neat concept, the reincarnation of the characters didn't really have anything to do with the overall story. This film doesn't give an inch and asks a lot from the viewer.
Intriguing movie based on a novel by David Mitchell presents six stories set in different periods, spanning from the 1800s to a tantalizing distant future, each one connected to the next. Directors Wachowski, Wachowski and Tykwer put together a sprawling production that given time clicks as the weaving of the threads become apparent. Central to these, at least in as far as it specifically defines the philosophy behind the story, is a story set in Seoul 2144, in which bio-engineered slave Sonmi (excellently portrayed by Korean actress Doona Bae) breaks free of her shackles and initiates a messianic movement based on interconnectedness. A somewhat cheap philosophy at that, but it'll do for the purposes of this story. High calibre actors…
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Apologies for the rather clumsy and drab title, I was going to call it Pure Cinema but that isn't quite…