Written October 27, 2012
It takes a little while to get into each of the revolving story lines due to the constant changing between each, but once you get enough of each story to get involved, it's like watching several movies at one time that have subtle overlaps with each other. Each mini-movie is very different, so whether you're a fan of crime dramas, epic buddy movies, love stories, or comedies there is something here for everyone and even more if you love a great story no matter how it's told. It was great seeing all the actors play so many different parts. One downside is that it seemed that we didn't get to see all of the stories..like some of the details were cut...so a bit of the final message impact was missing - but an epic thought provoking movie none the less, and beautifully weaved together.
Written November 05, 2012
Overall the film was worth seeing. Granted you had to pay attention through out the entire film to connect the characters and piece together the message -- not a tremendous challenge.
Granted the dialogue of the future timeline was terrible corny, but the characters made it worthwhile. Watching how characters did or did not develop throughout the time lines was interesting and picking out each point of change and then reflecting on it afterward was the fun part.
The time jumps can get a bit much, but in the end they reconcile comfortably.
Written February 10, 2016
We picked this movie because was the one with an OK time for Saturday afternoon. We didn't expect much, and the first 30 minutes of the movie kind of supported our low expectations. But then...the stories unfold, the red tread get clear and .... 3 hours went by so fast! Great movie, the end will let you thinking a lot!
Written May 06, 2016
I'm a sci-fi fan so that was why I wanted to see Cloud Atlas. But the film was so much more!
It was an intricately-woven story line involving the same talented actors playing different roles over hundreds of years and across the earth. I plan to see it again to savor the many subtle, creative twists and turns of story-line and director's handling.
Written June 29, 2016
The movie was too disjointed. Thought about leaving one hour in but stuck it out. Felt like I wasted 3 hrs of my day. Should have went to see something else.