Written October 28, 2012
This movie is another way to think about time travel. It has real good acting and makeup. It didn't bore me at all but it wasn't a real thriller like I thought maybe it would be.
I did enjoy.
It would have been good to see in 3D and not IMAX. This was my first IMAX movie and I didn't see any difference. I was in the middle of the theatre and wasn't impressed with IMAX..
Written August 01, 2014
Today I will go on line and buy the book; but I wish I knew that before I spent three hours watching what appears to the uninitiated to be too many interleaved and far flung story lines attempting to converge but not quite making it. An action-packed epic film with an impressive cast, great acting, excellent special effects and a powerful metaphysical premise should be moving and satisfying. I get the idea that disparate people could be connected in this unexpected way, but this 3 hour film simply doesn't make it. Perhaps a pilot and several sequels that allow the viewer to savor the characters and appreciate the magnitude of the concept would have been a better approach than attempting to deliver it all in one dose. I left the theater feeling mostly frustrated.
Written October 27, 2012
Not bad, a cross between Lost, Matrix, Indiana Jones and Blade Runner. Don't miss a beat, it moves at breakneck speed from one time period to another. Long but worth the finally. Great costumes and kept me guessing, very much an interactive movie. Not a word in the audience, no one moved for 3 hours, REALLY! Saw in IMAX will see again in regular 2-D, soon. DOn't wait be the first to tell all about it, boy, you'll have a lot to tell.
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.