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04/29/2014 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

"Cloud Atlas" by Yojimbo

The Wachowski brothers' sprawling epic tells the tales of a disparate collection of characters spread over centuries, from a murder plot on a 19th century slaving ship through to a post-apocalyptic far future. The many stories are told in parallel but share common themes and the leading actors play many different parts of different races and even gender thanks to some clever make up effects. The film weighs in at just under three hours and is very wordy, but maintains the attention as it is constantly flitting between the plots which may sound confusing, but they are so different in style and content it is actually quite easy to follow. It's not without its flaws; I found the future-speak and drawling accents of the Valley sequences incomprehensible and none of the stories have quite enou...

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06/30/2013 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

A powerful movie near perfection

It is very hard to put "Cloud Atlas" into a special genre because it has multiple elements in it. Mostly Sci-Fi, but also a bit of Drama and some Comedy as well. It stars Tom Hanks, Halle Berry, Ben Whishaw and some other good actors as well.
It is about some persons who ripple across time- Past, present and future. It is directed and produced by The Wachowskis and Tom Twyker (Perfume, Matrix, Run Lola Run)

At the beginning you don't know anything about the characters, they all seem just plugged into the movie, but time by time everything fits together. The script on the whole is brilliant written and very philosophical, though it lacks at some points. The actors all do a very good job, especially Ben Whishaw and TOM HANKS. Finally a splendid performance of him. The directing of Twy...

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01/07/2013 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

Cloud Atlas review

"There is a natural order in this world." Various characters in different era's. The real meat aside from its stunning visual effects is the screenplay. Bountiful quotable lines such as: Sonmi-451 -"I believe death is only a door. One closes, and another opens." Dr. Henry Goose - "Our lives and our choices, each encounter, suggest a new potential direction." "Fear. Belief. Love. Phenomena that determine the course of our lives." Captain Molyneux - "When life gives you lemons, you make apple juice." A few minor qualms would be its dull pace, length, plot setting and direction. This would have been way better if it was executed chronologically (unless intended and I missed something) and better character build-up to make the film more fun to watch instead of overloading the figures wh...

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3/4 

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12/28/2012 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

"Everything is connected."

Six different stories from the past, through the present, and to the future with the same twists and turns, characters and personalities, belief and religion, principles and philosophy.

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The moment I saw the trailer, I knew I would be watching it in a movie house, and I did. It pulled me that much with the great concept and visually appealing execution. Every scene worth the time, thus saying, this almost-three-hour-long film does not bore any viewer. I also read the book which, of course, has more substantiation of everything that are happening, but the immediate power or ability of a film worked very well on a sci-fi like this. Six different stories seemed to be very consuming for a viewer, but not this one- at least to myself- I was amazed of how scenes from different plot conn...

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11/25/2012 (0 of 1 found this helpful)

Epic, Grand, But Not Great

Though I have not read the book, it is safe to say that this movie is unique. This movie is epic, but yet this movie is not great. The directors did a good job of combining several different stories into one, so why is this not an incredible movie?

There is simply too much going on. Too many stories, too much time, not enough interest and the list goes on. The acting is fine, the movie looks incredible and there is some really good suspenseful moments. I understand what the movie means and I understand the purpose. It wasn't too preachy and it had me hooked most of the time.

If it was me and I was directing it, I would have only focused on 3 or maybe 4 of the stories. The rest are usefulness and only add more confusion. Also, it is simply too long, even for all of the stories. The ...

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