Written July 24, 2014
This is not a typical narrative. No. In fact, if cinema is a place you go to not use your brain then this film is not for you. This film is a challenge, to follow to comprehend strings that tie characters from one time and place to another. It can be difficult to follow you what you're expecting is a typical narrative that has a standard beginning, standard middle and a standard end. But if you allow yourself to follow an intricately woven line of independent stories that have familiar humanistic thread that runs through each, then you will enjoy very complex and poignant stories, Each one having an effect on the other by means of small acts of selfless kindness or heart wrenching moments of loss as caused by what can only be construed as true, self centeredness and evil. The cast, phenomenal. THESE PEOPLE REALLY HAD TO ACT!!!! in the classical meaning of the word. They all played multiple roles, multiple races and genders. In that regard, a grand spectacle for true lovers performanc.
Written July 25, 2014
I enjoyed the show more than I thought I would. Much of it is very entertaining. But after 2 hours I found my patience waning. I went with someone that had read the book and she enjoyed both - so maybe reading the book ahead of time is a good idea.
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 October 28, 2012
What a rambling wreck, I hang my head for the waste of good actors on this edifice to multi-story plots gone wrong. Could they have done better with the story, doubtful. If it was a book first maybe it was a good read, but probably one of those books best left untouched by cinema. I give it 5 stars on the money waster scale.
Written August 21, 2014
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.