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Cloud Atlas (2012)

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).

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8 comments on “Cloud Atlas (2012)

  1. Anthony Lee Collins
    11/02/2012

    I’m very much looking forward to this (I might have seen it already if it wasn’t for the hurricane). One thing which was striking in the reviews I read was that even the negative reviews didn’t complain about the length, which I guess means they weren’t bored even if they ultimately gave it a pan.

    I wrote about it on my blog: http://u-town.com/collins/?p=3711
    (#4 in a fairly long post).

    • Klaus
      11/03/2012

      Definitely keeps you thinking – in a good way and most certainly worth the time.

  2. CMrok93
    11/08/2012

    Nice review Klaus. Watching this cast go to town on all of these roles is a great sight to see, as well as how all of the stories come together in a smart, but slight way. It’s a good film that definitely kept me watching from start-to-finish, even if I do think it’s not as much of a cinematic masterpiece as people have made it out to be.

    • Klaus
      11/09/2012

      My only real complaint is that I found the multiple role thing a bit distracting at times. I found myself trying to figure out who was behind the make-up when I should have been following the story.

  3. Anthony Lee Collins
    01/21/2014

    Just saw this. I was going to go out to see the Hobbit movie, but a snowstorm was coming so I stayed in and watched this on DVD instead — I feel this was the correct decision.

    Wow. I was blown away, I confess. Not perfect (too much voice over — I hate it when narration comes on to tell me things that I can figure out from watching the movie — and one resolution, the one with Jim Broadbent and Susan Sarandon, was a sentimental cliche). But generally very ambitious and very well done. I just put up a blog post about it (and about American Hustle — have you seen that?).

    • Klaus
      01/25/2014

      Heh, heh, first a hurricane keeps you from it, and now a snowstorm takes you to it! 🙂 Seems that bad weather is a theme, I haven’t yet seen American Hustle – looks interesting.

      • Anthony Lee Collins
        01/25/2014

        The really funny thing is that I remembered that you had reviewed it, so I searched (btw, the front page of your site doesn’t seem to have a “Search” thing anymore — I had to use Google), but I didn’t remember that I had commented and didn’t read the previous comments before I left my new one, so when I got your comment in email I had no idea what you were talking about :-)t

        By the way, I just read an article about the making of the movie, where it happened to mention that the Broadbent/Strand on resolution had been added for the movie — it was not from the book. I was somewhat gratified, since it had seemed quite phony baloney to me — like a phrase from a different song.

      • Anthony Lee Collins
        01/26/2014

        “Sarandon,” obviously. 🙂

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