For a better experience on MUBI, update your browser.
3,433 Ratings

Cloud Atlas

Germany, United States, 2012
Sci-Fi, Drama, Adventure


This film spans centuries to reveal the nature of how souls are shaped and how actions can have lasting impact. A fleeing slave helps an attorney in 1849; a composer in pre-WWII Britain struggles to finish his magnum opus; a genetically engineered worker in 2144 feels the stirring of consciousness.

Our take

Lana & Lilly Wachowski team up with Tom Tywker (Run Lola Run) for this fascinating big-budget adaptation of David Mitchell’s bestselling novel, situating its large ensemble cast—including Tom Hanks!—across many plots, genres, settings, and time periods. A divisive, yet undoubtedly ambitious epic.

Cloud Atlas Directed by Tom Tykwer, Lilly Wachowski, Lana Wachowski

Critics reviews

The film works most convincingly off its technical skill, as it glides along at a clip with very few remarkable lags. Its often exhilarating design, however, is matched only with shallow ideas about control, as the filmmakers ironically prove poor in expressing anything but their tight command over the plotted turns of each story.
May 13, 2013
Read full article

What are people saying?

  • Duncan Gray's rating of the film Cloud Atlas

    The daftest folly of the year, and well worth appreciating because even its most mind-boggling missteps are so outside convention that there's nothing quite like it. It's kitschy, genre-hopping pop-art philosophy, and its best statement is less parallelism than asymmetry: the way different actors swap roles, so sometimes Tom Hanks is a lover, sometimes a villain. But in any era, beware of Hugh Grant.

  • HKFanatic's rating of the film Cloud Atlas

    In a novel, you can leap from epoch to epoch with a simple turn of a page; it's questionable whether one would want to attempt the same technique for a three hour film, but the Wachowskis and Tom Tykwer have done just that with "Cloud Atlas." The film doesn't work more often than it does, but you have to walk away with at least some appreciation for the directors' earnest vision of love transcending space and time.

  • Lights in the Dusk's rating of the film Cloud Atlas

    The earnest nature of its message & the eccentricity of its delivery invite ridicule, but this is still by far the most ambitious Hollywood film of the current decade. There's nothing pointless to me about producing an almost 3 hour, multi-narrative, inter-generational film that boils down to little more than a message that prejudice is bad & we should live as better people, as such ideas remains hopeful & necessary.

  • J. O.'s rating of the film Cloud Atlas

    A sprawling, ambitious, visually mesmerizing epic told through half a dozen different stories, in half a dozen different genres. Dark comedy, to adventure, to political mystery, to sci-fi action, to post-apocalyptic survival - this film knew no boundaries. Generally quite the spectacle, but some stories were told far too little (with others too much). Some of the makeup was also distracting - namely, Asian Sturgess.

  • mjgildea's rating of the film Cloud Atlas

    Not awful, but considering the time investment asked of its viewer, Cloud Atlas isn't entirely worth it either. It was an interesting experiment and to a point kept me from getting too bored but it also outstayed its welcome. My biggest problem was the bad and seemingly pointless makeup which was way too distracting from the story. Don't go out of your way to see it, but its not exactly World War Z either.

  • comeandsee's rating of the film Cloud Atlas

    Despite some really uneasy race swapping, a lot missing from the novel, and the all too cosy wrap up of the end, I found myself impressed with this film. It is crazy, insane, overblown, epic, ambitious and in the end fun, enjoyable and something more. The Seoul segment is excellent, and Doona Bae is truly excellent, even if one of the legendary Dan actresses Zhou Xun is criminally underused. Much better than expected

  • Andhika Eka Buana's rating of the film Cloud Atlas

    What's the most gasping moment in The Godfather? Right, that baptism/assassination intercut. The Usual Suspect? Right. That Kobayashi glass/Keyser Soze revelation intercut. The Dark Knight? yep. That Aaron Eckhart- Maggie Gyllenhal diversion intercut. Imagine if there's a film specifically consists 3 hours full of brilliant-nicely pace intercut just like all of the above. 3 HOURS NON STOP gasping moment. This is it.

  • Teresa Silva's rating of the film Cloud Atlas

    The only major problems I have with it are: 1. Major direction of the stories told is a bit muddled and confusing to follow and 2. I wish the actors wouldn't be so famous, it takes you out of the experience a bit, recognizing them in every character they play. Other than that, amazing movie.

Related films