Written February 20, 2017
It seemed like it tried to hard for me. There was a message in there somewhere but it wasn't very focused. The real stars were the makeup artists.
Written November 09, 2012
It's not a time travel movie, but if you like those, then you'll love Cloud Atlas. It's a very complexly presented weave of several story lines thrown at the viewer in pieces just enough to wet your appetite for what comes next as you cycle between time periods. Some of the character's physical alterations distract you from the overall plots, but definitely wait through the first part of the credits to see which actors played which roles in each sub-story. I've only seen it once, but this movie will take repeated viewings to fully appreciate. It's both hopeful and a warning of what our future could become, even if we are careful. Most people who passively digest sit-comms will not understand Cloud Atlas, so see it before it disappears from the theaters.
Written October 29, 2012
This movie starts slowly, is very unconventional and as a result initially confusing yet over time builds into such tour de force that I walked out of the theatre thinking that this was one of the greatest movies ever made. Despite it's flaws, it is definitely one of the most inspirational movies I have ever seen.
There are literally six stories from six different time periods including 2 from an imagined future told in parallel during the movies with deeply interconnected themes. The same actors play different characters in different time periods.
Despite the ensemble cast, the movie really belongs to Halle Berry and Tom Hanks. It is Halle's best work ever. The is a movie I could see over and over. Because it is so unconventional, it is not for everyone.
The shots are gorgeous and the future scenes and special effects remind you that this team which made the Matrix has not lost a beat. They took tremendous risks but they created a unique and special work of art.
Written October 27, 2012
Great acting, you really must pay pat attention and think through this one or you will be lost. Worth seeing though. I was expecting more. Pretty graphic violence and sex plus nudity so leave the kids at home, plus it is a 3 hour movie so they would be bored anyway. My only regret is not researching and seeing that Susan Surandan was in the movie. I try to stay away from her movies since she likes to be a political activist.
Written October 28, 2012
Just let it happen. Don't overthink it. Calling this "sci-fi" is very misleading and probably off-putting for a lot of movie-goers. While some of it does take place in the future, some of it takes place in the past. It's about people and how we interact and how we connect and how everything we do matters.
Roger Ebert said it best: "What was important was that I set my mind free to play. Clouds do not really look like camels or sailing ships or castles in the sky. They are simply a natural process at work. So too, perhaps, are our lives."
The point isn’t to make Doona Bae look like an English/American or Jim Sturgess look Korean. You can always see the actor peeking through and you’re supposed to. The different looks are merely representational, to show that this is the same soul traveling through time. (Although I admit there were a few cases that I didn't realize a few of the actors in bit parts until the credits rolled.)