A huge, ambitious epic, one of those 'unfilmable story' challenges that filmmakers love to sink their teeth into - and, as it turned out, a very personal journey for co-director Lana Wachowski.
Telling an interconnected story weaving across several hundred years, Cloud Atlas is a butt-numbing three hour epic that takes its time to finish weaving its story threads together, but as things start to dovetail you'll find it befits a second viewing to pick up on everything set up…
The decision to split the seventh book into two movies still feels like a calculated gamble to double the money of the series, as the extended running time two films allows isn't put to the good use it should be in what is the weakest instalment of the series.
It's all setup and little payoff, with the isolated hopelessness of Harry, Ron and Hermione on the run as the human and magical worlds change forever around them eating up far…
Dear oh dear. I imagine if I'd gone to one of the teenage writers on my website and said 'write me a Wolverine movie and make it SUPER AWESOME!' then this would have been the result. A mess from start to finish - woeful dialogue, badly-plotted action sequences, the kinds of acting I might expect to find at a zombie convention after happy hour, and the most underused set of great X-universe characters since... well, this film.
See, they set…