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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…
It has some flaws but this film its CRIMINALLY UNDERRATED. Surprisingly this is one of the most unique experiences I´d ever had with a film, and at the same time its one of the most complicated plots I have ever seen in the terms of narrative but its brilliant at the same time. Its a movie that really makes you think in order to fully understand whats going on.
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…
A really hard book to film. The film failed to tell the story coherently. I felt confused at the end, I had to listen to the Incomparable podcast to fill in the blanks.
Zwaar onderschatte film. Afgebroken door de critici in Amerika, maar eigenlijk is dit een bijzonder goed gemaakt, zeer goed geacteerde film met sfeervolle beelden, een schitterende fotografie en knappe actiescènes. Bovendien stemt de film tot nadenken en ondanks de lange speelduur verveelt hij geen minuut. Top!
underrated. definitely a well rounded film. the message, plot, and the cast all fit one another and created a masterpiece.
Absolutely one of the most ambitious films ever made, "Cloud Atlas" is a masterwork of storytelling and a truly joyous experience overall. It's ridiculous and cheesy and over-the-top, but it's ultimately one hell of a great time at the movies.
Cloud atlas, is an extremely ambitious love-it or hated-it film. Wachowski's like this way and I like too. I wanted sooo much to like this film but unfortunately I don't.
Some of the stories are well structured and they could easily be standalone movies(my personal favorite is the Korean one).
Although the general theme is unclear, depends on the viewer's aspect. Combines a lot of theories, religion and metaphysics. Personally it didn't touched me though.
Visually astonishing, with good direction, editing surely was very challenging(pace was a problem for me), visuals are great and score is excellent.
I don't find strange that some people like this film, it could be more popular in few years.
I am neither a lover nor hater :P
Bringing David Mitchell's sprawling and epic novel to the big screen was pretty much always going to be an exercise in futility. The book is simply too complex and too narratively experimental to make for a good film (much in the same way that it's nearly impossible to do decent justice to a literal adaptation of Mary Shelley's Frankenstein, though on a much larger scale.) The Wachowski siblings (along with Run Lola Run's Tom Tykwer) give it a heck of a good try, but they ultimately fail.
Cloud Atlas tells six intertwined stories set in different time periods and featuring many of the same actors in different roles, as they weave in and out of the telling. There is no…
Filme perfeito! Tudo se encaixa, as histórias são fantásticas e com uma sinergia incrível! Sem comentários adicionais, só vejam e apreciem um filme muito bem feito em todos os sentidos!
deffo has a lot of odd stuff going on, some irritating characters and real saggy points in the narrative, but when it picks up and strikes the high notes, it's really fantastic. believe the criticism & then watch it anyway
deffo has a lot of odd stuff going on, some irritating characters and real saggy points in the narrative, but when it picks up and strikes the high notes, it's really fantastic. believe the criticism & then watch it anyway i think. whatever it is it's interesting & worthwhile
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