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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).


8 comments on “Cloud Atlas (2012)

  1. Anthony Lee Collins

    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

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

  2. CMrok93

    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

      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

    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

      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

        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

        “Sarandon,” obviously. 🙂

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