Excerpt: As we should expect of something so new, Cloud Atlas asks a lot of viewers. It’s a good half-hour before these apparently unrelated story lines begin to intersect, and the subject matter balances gritty, realistic, R-rated drama with two distinct flavors of science fiction, which some audiences just don’t like. Is this movie just too far ahead of its time?
Excerpt: Cloud Atlas continues the Wachowskis’ tradition of not sticking to formula and creating films that are both beautiful and sometimes challenging. I’ve never read the original novel by David Mitchell, but as I understand it, it’s an incredibly complex book and one that is impossible to fully adapt for the big screen. So it’s definitely a hurtle for the Wachowskis to jump over. Whether or not they’ve succeeded, others can be the judge.
Conclusion: A daring attempt to explore the human condition in six vastly different epochs, 'Cloud Atlas' is an all-encompassing and sprawling cinematic examination of the things which inspire and motivate us as a species. Adapted from the sweeping David Mitchell novel, the multi-genre film is a dazzling piece of entertainment that manages to stay focused and delivers a satisfying conclusion. It debuts on Blu-ray with reference-quality video and an excellent audio presentation.
Excerpt: In 1849, lawyer Adam Ewing (Jim Sturgess) lays in the hold of a ship suffering from a debilitating illness, while being cared for by Dr. Henry Goose (Tom Hanks) who has his own motives, while in 1936, Robert Frobisher (Ben Whishaw) gets a job as the assistant to a crotchety composer (Jim Broadbent).
Conclusion: Are you still with me? Grand! I’m glad to see you survived this journey of a review with me. It’s quite a cluster-f#$k, huh? I mean, that’s what you get when you try to combine 6 full functional stories that all span different time periods, future and past, and geographies, terrestrial and extraterrestrial, and actors all playing different roles throughout, some even bending the gender rules/boundaries. Wrong! If you have faith.
REVIEW: Ambitious 'Cloud Atlas' Is By Turns Glorious, Moving − and Ridiculous
6 May 2013
Excerpt: As is often the peril with movies of giant ambition, Cloud Atlas walks a crooked line between the glorious and the ridiculous, its reach unencumbered by sensible decisions or restraint. Adapted with reasonable faithfulness from a novel of equally epic sweep by British author David Mitchell, the film spans eras and genres, intertwining tales of men at sea in the 1850s with a 1970s conspiracy-based mystery with a dystopian future Seoul.
Conclusion: Our lives are not our own. From womb to tomb, we are bound to others, past and present. Cloud Atlas is a must-see film, fatally flawed as it is. Love it or loathe it, it's an experience that demands exploration and discussion. It's also an experience that demands multiple viewings, and I'd suggest locking yourself into watching it at least two times, either before mistaking its ambition for brilliance or dismissing it outright.
Review: Cloud Atlas weaves six tales into one beautiful image
29 October 2012
Excerpt: Cloud Atlas is a challenging film. It is nearly three hours long. It tells six different stories in six different time periods. Many of the actors in the film play multiple roles. To top it off, the film is brimming with accents from different time periods and cultures, even one completely made up. Despite all this I implore you to give Cloud Atlas a shot. It may be a challenge, but it never asks more of you than it's willing to give back.