in about 100 words or less
Germany 172m, Colour
Directors: Lana Wachowsk, Andy Wachowski and Tom Tykwer; Cast: Tom Hanks, Halle Berry, Jim Broadbent, Hugo Weaving, Jim Sturgess, Bae Doona, Ben Whishaw, James D’Arcy, Zhou Xun, Keith David, Susan Sarandon, Hugh Grant
Cloud Atlas in a science fiction epic adapted from David Mitchell’s 2004 novel of the same name. Curiously reminiscent in scope, format and intent of D.W. Griffith’s four part grand apology Intolerance: Love’s Struggle Through the Ages (1916), Cloud Atlas adeptly brings together six stories beginning with a 19th century slaving ship – to a post apocalyptic future where the earth is viewed as a small blue ball in the night sky from a distant planet. Although the stories are set hundreds of years apart, they are structurally linked by the deeds of those in the past and present in a karmic fashion loosely based on notions of reincarnation. What sets this film apart from most others which have attempted to interweave separate stories is the remarkably sophisticated editing which allows a free-flowing interchange and exchange of plots and themes, highlighting some of the most nimble and creative editing in film history (Klaus Ming November 2012).