November 6, 2012
A Sweeping Tale of Love, Loss and Time
Cloud Atlas is not a movie for everyone. It's an epic saga scattered across epochs, steeped in science fiction and the fantastical, a fusion of time, space and alternate realities. In essence, it's a story about rebirth, about lives lived concurrently but at different time periods, a film that takes our concept of time as a linear path and reveals it as circular, as a perception of our unique human biology rather than a universal concept.
The film weaves in a number of different theories, from theology, technology, birth, death, love, control, chaos; the movie attempts to paint reality as a struggle against nihilism; against the villains of Unanymity and the marauding raiders of the Outlands. The idea that life is an end in and of itself, that ideas and paradigms are crystallization of the human expression, is central to the movie's message.
Some will find the material too esoteric to grapple with. But for those with whom the message resonates with, it's a rewarding experience.
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