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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,…
Within the universe of Cloud Atlas, experiences and stories of past lives (in the boundaries of spoken, written, visual, and auditory media) impact the future in positive or negative means. Race, gender, and sexuality are only illusions; distractions of our main purpose. Instead, each individual life are tightly bound together by relationships and encounters with one another. As characters create missteps for themselves and slowly attempt to redeem each fault throughout their existence, the film opens itself up more and more to the viewer.
The Wachowski Sisters and Tom Tykwer have crafted something that is unabashedly unique and uncommon around the standard Hollywood grounds; that of which are filled with typical Marvel and DC types battling it out every two…
Ist „Cloud Atlas“ gescheitert? Einfach eine Überdosis Geschichten und Bilder – oder doch ein tolles Feuerwerk? Das hängt sehr vom Zuschauer ab. Fest steht, der Film kommt nicht zur Ruhe, Klischees werden durch die Sprünge sichtbarer, alle Geschichten erscheinen banaler als sie sind. Und es geht den drei Regisseuren manchmal sehr um Spektakel, Verkleiden und Maskieren. Eine wunderbare Geschichte wie die des Komponisten Frobisher (gespielt von Ben Whishaw) kommt dann schnell unter die Räder. schoener-denken.de/blog/cloud-atlas-filmkritik/
"The true true"
As much as I can appreciate the stories being told, about 60% of the way through I was pretty tired of it. I thought the individual stories were good, but I felt like 2-3 of the individual sequences could've been skipped and I wouldn't have missed valuable story. Overall I still enjoyed the film, though I wouldn't see myself spending the time to watch the whole thing again.
Cloud Atlas (2012) is een bijzonder goed geconstrueerde film, bestaande uit 6 verschillende, verbonden verhalen met inspirerende boodschap.
Where to begin with this one??
An action/adventure/sci-fi/romance/comedy/horror (elements), this film has it all.
The Matrix is easily one of my all time favourite films and what the Wachowski's now lack in testosterone, they make up for in ambition and imagination. Another sumptuous visual feast, that borders epicness. I can't believe this is an independent film! Also co-directed by Tom Tykwer.
It is a bit of a head scratcher as it is set over 6 different time periods (1849, 1936, 1973, 2012, 2144 & 2321) with each of the cast playing different roles for the period. A couple of times I didn't actually realise who was who until the end credits!
Like Interstellar, this is probably mainly classed as a sci-fi,…
Conceptualmente es una maravilla, y las caracterizaciones son de lo mejor
I was completely unaware of the novel or the film until I saw the epic, five minute long trailer (which is a work of art in itself), but from that moment on I had to see this film. I was blown away by the scope of what I saw, I thought there was no way a single film could pull of what was advertised.
Sadly it was still ages before the film would be released (and even longer here in the UK) so I got myself a copy of the book. After finishing the novel I thought....there's no way they could make a single film of this. A mini series perhaps...but a film?
And then I finally saw the film...it's…
FUCKING WRECKED ME !!!
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