Written October 26, 2012
Didn't read the book so the zig-zigging through 6 very different story lines was befuddling at first, but eventually got the hang of it. I was surprised that the 6 stories had so little or nothing to do with each other. Even more jarring was their wide range of styles - personal drama, epic struggle, dime store thriller, silly farce, etc. Sometimes the quick cuts between the stories worked wonderfully, other times they flopped. And using the same actors in multiple roles was pointless and distracting, a gimmick better suited to a pure comedy ("Coming to America" comes to mind). Overall, it was worth seeing because of how ambitious and creative it aspired to be, but be prepared for something that feels more like a missed opportunity than a great movie.
Written July 31, 2014
Cloud Atlas is one of the most (if not THE most) grandly ambitious movie I have ever seen. Sure it has flaws - it can drag at times, some of the dialogue is corny, some of the makeup is jarring - but on the whole it's trying something so NEW and different that even if it's not a 100% perfect execution it's still better than most movies.
My only real complaint is I wish the Wachowskis and Twyker had more confidence in their ability to make a point without smashing us over the head with it. I think they were afraid that in a movie this complicated the point would get lost in the flash of it all, but I disagree. I think a certain amount of subtlety would have served the movie well and only increased it's sense of wonder and mystery.
Written October 27, 2012
Cloud Atlas is possibly the most exciting, epic movie my husband and I have seen in years. We are so glad that we went! It really made us think about connection, love, and basic human values that truly do transcend time and space to connect us all in ways we can't begin to understand. Enough action and suspense to keep us on the edge of our seats--enough humor and romance to keep us smiling--enough drama and loss to keep us close to tears. This movie is worth seeing for the panoramic special effects and incredible makeup alone--not to mention what a stellar job was done by the incredible cast. Definitely NOT for the under-17 crowd; not only for the (occasional & brief) nudity & sex, but also a bit complex and thematically dense for younger viewers. But as for us--we absolutely loved it and may, although we never go to the same film twice, go again--because we don't want to wait for the Netflix! Truly a must-go.
Written August 21, 2014
This was the most powerful movie for inspiring human thought, spirituality and the enlightenment and connectivity of US ALL! It provoked dead silence of continuing thought in my theater ... and for me, hours of stimulating conversation into the wee hours of the moring and into today (my present) and ALL of OUR futures!
Written September 16, 2014
This is an absolutely breathtaking film. Overall it stayed true to the book, with some slight changes to make the story more coherent on the screen. Cinematography was absolutely breathtaking. I rarely ever want to see a movie more than once, but I can't wait to see this movie again.