Written September 01, 2015
It was about half-way through that I thought to myself, "I love this movie." Each story covered its own genre well and they were all cut together beautifully. Actors in multiple roles could be jarring at times (Tom Hanks with a Cockney accent?) but it mostly worked. It does require the viewer to pay attention and think about what they're experiencing which isn't for everyone. It was definitely for me, though.
Written February 01, 2015
Going to Cloud Atlas is like waking in a thick forest; you can see the trees - but you cannot begin to understand the forest as a whole until after you leave it; only then can you see the depth and shape of it.
The primary concepts & details are very subtly shown. If you see this movie, you should be prepared to see it 2-3 times; only then will you know what you're seeing, and what to watch for. That's a lot to expect of movie-viewers.
I didn't read the book, but to me this is a story about life's continuum, reincarnation & the nature of the soul: a murderous thief evolves into a reluctant hero; a courageous women remains courageous in each reincarnation.. etc. I think I saw the gem-buttons from a waste coat end on a necklace hundreds of years later. (?) The message I got; we are all connected, and if you live your life 'to make a difference,' that difference can ripple into the future, far beyond your life.
GO - but ONLY if you can put the time into thinking about it
Written September 02, 2015
I went in expecting a sumptuous sight for the eyes and something thought provoking and was not disappointed. Great performances all around by a great cast each doing multiple roles. Some (SPOILER ALERT) like Hugo Weaving were precious. I have not read the book on which the movie was based, but I have already decided to look into it as well as the music score. The multiplex cinema we went to had the film in a small theatre and it was packed. I'm glad I used Fandango to purchase tickets in advance.
Written February 09, 2016
I wanted to be there ... and I felt like I was!
Didn't realize it was 3 hours long til I arrived to this website to add my positive rating
The book didn't get such good reviews, but this movie is fantastic!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! The casting, acting, cinematography, music, ... are superb!
If the idea of reincarnation finds you fearful, and believe me when I say I am 100% Christian, look beyond your fear and just understand how we are all connected. Think why we were put on this earth, why we were born into the families we were, how our spirit is different than our body/personality/values.
Also in this movie is a "Stick it to da' man!" which is always good fodder.
I say GO GO GO! Can't wait for the DVD!!!!
Written June 02, 2015
Sad that the critic reviews seem to miss the mark. Sure, there are plenty of people I know who wouldn't "get it". Gratefully, I am not one of those people. I was taken to this movie by friends who were curious. I am so thankful to them that I didn't completely listen to the critical reviews. I found myself uttering "amazing, amazing" so often throughout. Love story, action film, sci-fi flick, metaphysical rumination, history and comedy were all touched upon with great care. I am someone who is fascinated by Lana W's journey and can see bits of her new found freedom in so many scenes. This movie will stay with me for years.