Cloud Atlas

Cloud Atlas

DVD - 2013
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An exploration of how the actions of individual lives impact one another in the past, present, and future, as one soul is shaped from a killer into a hero, and an act of kindness ripples across centuries to inspire a revolution. The story is a time-shifting weave of six interlinking narratives with diverse settings, from the savagery of a Pacific Island in the 1850s to a dystopian Korea of the near future.

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courtws
Oct 22, 2017

The best part of this movie was the widely varied worlds created - 6 different time periods, both past and future, and the dialogue, costumes, and locations for each. The futuristic post-apocalpytic island dialect was hardest to follow, and the Neo Seoul darkness with android servers was perhaps most intriguing. At times keeping track of six different story lines was a bit challenging but overall great acting and an intriguing concept for a movie.

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firefly5
Sep 13, 2017

Too bizarre for my taste.

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BookGoddess8
Mar 21, 2017

this copy is defective. Too bad as I really wanted to watch it!

TSCPL_ChrisB Jun 03, 2016

I read David Mitchell's novel Cloud Atlas years ago and greatly enjoyed it. At the time, I remember thinking that although the book had some great action and really remarkable stories, it was completely unfilmable.

Oops.

Not that I was completely wrong. Though the crew and cast did their best, this film doesn't quite live up to Mitchell's Cloud Atlas. Some of the stories have changed and I don't see how these changes improve the film. The use of the same actors for multiple roles was interesting, but it was equally distracting at times.

That being said, I thought the choice of cutting up the stories and weaving them together was a better choice for the screen. The movie was visually appealing. And the actors showed great skill in assuming their many roles.

I must say that I enjoyed the stories that most closely paralleled their originals. Those were "The Pacific Journal of Adam Ewing," "The Ghastly Ordeal of Timothy Cavendish," and "Sloosha's Crossin' an' Ev'rythin' After," despite the obvious problem of Zachry's age. Now, this is ironic considering that in the novel, these three were some of my least favorite stories. I just liked that they weren't tampered with unnecessarily. And that, my friends, is the pitfall of comparing book with film.

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breemu
Apr 26, 2016

What a fun movie, zipping back and forth between multiple stories, several eras, vastly varied settings, and a whole host of characters from the few same actors - it's an ADHD dream come true. Yah, it's a little hard to keep up sometimes, but there's no real need to "get" all the connections - just sit back, let it flow, enjoy.

(Quote...by each crime, and every kindness, we birth our future...)

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Alaster1
Feb 02, 2016

Cloud Atlas is an epic movie told through 6 different characters over 6 eras from the past, present & future. Most of the actors reappear in multiple stories though it's often hard to discern them because of the amazing make-up artistry. Cloud Atlas makes a strong statement about how we are all interconnected souls who can change destiny for better or worse.

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rswcove
Dec 05, 2015

I love Cloud Atlas for it's ambition. I love Cloud Atlas for the tour de force acting that the movie squeezes out of nearly all the actors (most notably Hugo Weaver, Jim Broadbent and Tom Hanks). I love Cloud Atlas for its hope in the midst of VERY VERY dark stories and the dark heart of human nature.

This is a jarring, disturbing, unsettling, hard to manage film. This film is unquestionably a masterpiece. It's scope and vision are without question. Cloud Atlas is a flawed movie, but it is flawed because it seeks to be greater than film.

Watch it. you may not like it, but you will be affected by it.

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jeffi22
Nov 24, 2015

Had high hopes for this, unfortunately not met. It didn't help that I was only half paying attention, but was a little confused on the relationships between characters both in the same time and different ones (good thing I had Wikipedia close) and never really felt they tied it together. Good cinematography and amazing makeup/costumes etc. Script not so much (granted I didn't read the book but hopefully was better). Also had some trouble understanding accents, should have turned on subtitles!

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JackPurcell
Oct 10, 2015

Disjointed plot would have lost me if I stuck around after the two guys tongue-kissed in bet a quarter-hour into the movie.

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ray1man
Sep 28, 2015

this is one of tom hanks finest performances,

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jimg2000
Oct 06, 2013

Isaac Sachs: Belief, like fear or love, is a force to be understood as we understand the Theory of Relativity and Principles of Uncertainty: phenomenon that determine the course of our lives. Yesterday, my life was headed in one direction. Today, it is headed in another. Yesterday I believed that I would never have done what I did today. These forces that often remake time and space, that can shape and alter who we imagine ourselves to be, begin long before we are born and continue after we perish. Our lives and our choices, like quantum trajectories, are understood moment to moment. At each point of intersection, each encounter suggests a new potential direction.

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jimg2000
Oct 06, 2013

Haskell Moore: There is a natural order to this world, and those who try to upend it do not fare well. This movement will never survive; if you join them, you and your entire family will be shunned. At best, you will exist a pariah to be spat at and beaten-at worst, to be lynched or crucified. And for what? For what? No matter what you do it will never amount to anything more than a single drop in a limitless ocean.

Adam Ewing: What is an ocean but a multitude of drops?

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Monolith
Sep 19, 2013

Sonmi 451: "Our lives... are not our own... From womb to tomb, we are bound to others... past, and present. And by each crime... and every kindness... we birth our future."

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Monolith
Sep 18, 2013

Timothy Cavendish (to the residents of "Aurora House" staring at him through a bay window as he attempts escape): "Soylent Green is people! Soylet Green is made of people!!!"

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Monolith
Sep 18, 2013

Timothy Cavendish (voiceover; reminiscing about falling naked out of an open window into a bush, after getting clawed by a cat he was covering his privates with after getting caught making love with his girlfriend by her parents): "...Two sprained ankles, one cracked rib. Official cause of accident listed on the hospital form...: "Pussy"."

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Sep 28, 2015

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Ron@Ottawa
Jul 23, 2013

Sexual Content: Some brief nudity and sexual situation here and there.

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