Adapted from the sprawling 2004 novel by David Mitchell, Cloud Atlas spans centuries and continents to reveal the nature of how souls are shaped and how the smallest actions can have lasting impact throughout the world.
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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.
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.
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.
"It could have been", but it's not. Almost a mess with some good idea in it: c'mon, it's a movie that tries to take off and fly every minute, and you wait (three hours of your life) for the moment when every part of the story fits with the others but this never happens...what a shame. But the quote from Soylent Green is nice.
This worked for me emotionally for two reasons: I'd read the book, and because it is about something that I know in my soul to be true.
As a film, though, I'm not sure it would work for anyone who had not read the book.
Surprisingly satisfied with "Cloud Atlas", considering it has a lot in it to dislike. A strong current of thematic relevancy won me over. By that I mean the film is clean in its thematic idea, and that this – we all have a need to make our life count for something – moved me.
In a word, "Cloud Atlas" was beautiful. A sumptuous, divine feat of empathy, compassion, love, imagination and spectacle. An inspiring work of art, one that sees human life as purposeful and is trembling with hope for what we are and what we're to be. A celebration of life, and a convincing and wholly appreciated one.
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.