Actors (Tom Hanks, Halle Berry, Jim Broadbent) take on multiple roles in an epic that spans five centuries. An attorney harbors a fleeing slave on a voyage from the Pacific Islands in 1849; a poor composer in pre-World War II Britain struggles to finish his magnum opus before a past act catches up with him; a genetically engineered worker in 2144 feels the forbidden stirring of human consciousness -- and so on. As souls are born and reborn, they renew their bonds to one another throughout time.
Release Date: October 26, 2012
Director: Andy Wachowski, Larry Wachowski, Tom Tykwer
Producer: Andy Wachowski, Larry Wachowski, Tom Tykwer, Stefan Arndt, Uwe Schott, Philip Lee, Grant Hill, Wilson Qiu
Cast: Halle Berry, Susan Sarandon, Hugh Grant, Hugo Weaving, Keith David, Tom Hanks, Jim Broadbent, James D'Arcy, Zhou Xun, Jim Sturgess, Ben Whishaw, Doona Bae
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With a narrative that spans five centuries and deals with ideas like the transmigration of souls, "Cloud Atlas" is all but guaranteed to leave audiences divided. Some will love its everything-and-the-kitchen-sink approach to storytelling, while others will loathe the occasionally goofy performances, the hit-and-miss makeup effects, and, most of all, the self-conscious grandiosity of it all. That said, "Cloud Atlas" embraces the potential of the cinematic medium in a way very few movies do. It's bold, ambitious filmmaking, and film buffs should leap at the opportunity to catch this in theaters. In addition to some bloody violence, there are a few sex scenes and some nudity, so make sure to leave the kids at home.October 27th, 2012 · Details
Alright, so the thing with OK.com says "worth your time." I'm not saying the movie was bad. It's actually pretty good and deep. It's the story of Forrest Gump and the cast of Cacoon basically being reincarnated and how everything is intrinsically connected bla bla, I'm getting bored just writing this review. From a critic standpoint the movie is good. Is it worth 172 minutes of anyone's time...only perhaps if they were in a coma. No offense to anyone who may be reading this review while in a coma.June 30th, 2013 · Details
Can a film's story line be too complex? Yes it can. Not only that but a ton of the dialogue is unintelligible. Did I mention it is 3 hours long? Here is a tip for film makers: never start a movie under the auspice that it should be "epic" or "sweeping" just tell a dang good story the best you can. As a qualifier I should say that I watched this twice hoping that i had missed something. I hadn't.May 23rd, 2013 · Details
Unlike most movie experiences you’ve ever had, Cloud Atlas pushes the boundaries of narrative storytelling by traipsing through different time periods at the rate of about 12 times a sentence. Whether the approach works or not is debatable, but the movie’s design and images are often spellbinding. If you’re feeling adventurous, give it a try... See Full ReviewMay 13th, 2014 · Details
Oh mag gahhhh!!! I am sorry. I am an intellectual person and I love film, but I literally only made it about 10 minutes in. This is possibly the most boring movie I have ever started. And this is coming from someone who loves both The Hours and The Thin Red Line. There are several uninteresting characters introduced very quickly, all from different time periods. It is just too much to keep together. I will, however, say that the costume, makeup and photography is gorgeous. I will not give up on this film completely, but will have to revisit sometime when I am feeling uber studious.June 25th, 2013 · Details