Written July 26, 2016
I loved this movie, though right off the bat i can tell you it won't be everyone's cup of tea. It is long, unconventional, demands your attention and even your desire to let yourself immerse yourself in a different kind of film and narrative.
It has a great cast, all of whom show how versatile they can be in the many roles they play.
I guess I feel like if you are intrigued, if it looks interesting to you, go see it. It is visually brilliant, at times funny, sad, thrilling and heartfelt. It has a thread running through it that is an important message to hear.
It isn't a perfect achievement by any means, but it is worth the investment in time and money. It is high and above so many of the repeat, re-do, rehashed and sequel-laden films out there.
I know this is a crap review, but who cares!? The movie hit me enough that I wanted to write this in hopes others will see it.
Written January 24, 2017
Absolutely incredible film, top notch production value on an independent film. The story is truly a deep and inspiring tale, that reminds us of out impact we make.
While confusing during the first half of the film, things begin to pull together in the second half. I found myself glued to the TV as learned more about the relationships and connections that are made.
Very well done, highly recommend
Written October 29, 2012
“Cloud Atlas” was a unique film that creatively weaved concepts of reincarnation into a message of how we are connected to one another. I am thankful for all of the blessings that I have in my life (including my family members and friends). However, watching this movie reminded me why I would prefer for my current lifetime to be my last lifetime on earth (if reincarnation actually exists). Yes, I know that “Cloud Atlas” is only a great entertainment movie. It is just that some of the future scenarios that were depicted were quite different from my vision of a future Utopian society.
Tom Hanks and Halle Berry cleverly play the powerful roles of spirits who become drawn together in both 1970’s California and in some post Apocalypse world of the future. There were more actors and actresses that did a great job with the interwoven past and future life stories crafted together. “Cloud Atlas” is a film for those who enjoy movies with spiritual themes.
Written January 17, 2017
Wow... I thought this movie had a LOT of depth. I'm still certain there are aspects of this movie that I have, as of yet, not even begun to fathom. This movie makes for excellent discussion and I enjoyed it so much that I purchased the book and hope that I will be able to trudge through the 500+ pages therein. I will certainly be purchasing this movie for my shelf someday.
Written April 23, 2017
Cloud Atlas tells six seperate seemingly unrelated stories and then tries to tie them all together at the end as one universal story of reincarnation and karma. I personally think Cloud Atlas is a mess because there is really no cohesive plot or character development to speak of. I can deal without one or the other, but not both.
Cloud Atlas jumps from timeline to timeline too quickly without letting the viewers get a feel for the characters or the storyline. After about 30 minutes in, I thought that it was really going to hard sitting through this for nearly three hours. There were some moments in this film that I thought were cringe worthy, like in the future timeline where Tom Hanks & Hallie Berry speak gibberish throughout their scenes.
So there you have it. While I think the idea of Cloud Atlas is intriguing, the actual movie is not. I definitely don't recommend Cloud Atlas.