It takes a lot for me to say a film is unwatchable. This is...unwatchable. From its strangely low-budget feel, to its hammy acting, to its messy, faux-profound cross-cutting between stories we're never given the context or reason to care about (and that are all in jarringly different genres), this is as big an experiment as it is a total failure. Let it never be said the Wachowski Sisters don't take risks!
It could have been great but it just comes across as bland and muddled. It's got a powerful message but it's got too much going on for no coherent reason, that it loses it's power. I don't think it's a story that adapts well to the screen, it may have worked better as a TV series. It's worth watching for Doona Bae alone.
The intercuts are so masterful that it keeps the audience engaged in every storyline and the characters within them for the entire 170-minute runtime. That is a difficult feat to accomplish. Excellent directing from Tykwer and the Wachowskis; and of course excellent multi-character performances from the entire cast of primary actors.
Jetées d'Hollywood au sortir de Speed Racer, les Wachowski entament, cette fois-ci en compagnie du réalisateur Tom Tykwer, ce qui sera le film indépendant le plus cher de l'histoire. D'une ambition démesurée, Cloud Atlas est une épopée à travers le temps certes un peu inégale, mais absolument renversante.
I'm not sure it's possible to make a coherent movie out of this book. It's so obsessed with a particular type of overlapping narrative and structure that it tends to fall in on itself. It was a bad choice to use the same actors, even though it worked better with the themes. I'm sorry, but Tom Hanks cannot play a wide variety of characters. I understand he's very likeable, but he just doesn't have the range.
2-3. Technically impressively edited, but really not worth the time I put into it for themes that mostly don't go any deeper than 'Love is good' or 'Racism is bad'. And yanking any one of the stories away from the others forces some of these sentiments into the harsh light of day, as is noticeable particularly in the mystery and historical 'friends with a slave' narratives.
The first film in a long time to make me forget that I was sitting in a cinema. Its sprawling narrative spans so many lifetimes, it hyperbolically poses the question: are we doomed to repeat ourselves over and over again or can we ever rise above our past errors? A beautiful, thought provoking film.