Cloud Atlas 2012

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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.

Starring:
Jim Sturgess, Jim Broadbent
Rental Formats:
DVD, Blu-ray

Product Details

Discs
  • Feature ages_15_and_over
Runtime 2 hours 45 minutes
Starring Jim Sturgess, Jim Broadbent, Halle Berry, James D'Arcy, Hugh Grant, Hugo Weaving, Ben Whishaw, Susan Sarandon, Tom Hanks
Director Tom Tykwer, Andy Wachowski
Genres Drama
Rental release 30 August 2013
Main languages English
Discs
  • Feature ages_15_and_over
Runtime 2 hours 45 minutes
Starring Jim Sturgess, Jim Broadbent, Halle Berry, James D'Arcy, Hugh Grant, Hugo Weaving, Ben Whishaw, Susan Sarandon, Tom Hanks
Director Tom Tykwer, Andy Wachowski
Genres Drama
Rental release 30 August 2013
Main languages English

Customer Reviews

3.8 out of 5 stars

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Mark Barry HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 16 May 2014
Format: Blu-ray
In some respects - bringing David Mitchell's five hundred page prize-winning book to the screen was always going to be a challenge - and the outcome - hotly debated. With six different stories interweaving while several culturally different lead characters overlap in different time frames and even parallel worlds (past, present and future) - the result was either going to enthral or irritate. And 2012's "Cloud Atlas" manages to pull off both with a great deal of aplomb.

Don't get me wrong - as an independent production with a budget in excess of $100 million (a huge amount for an Indie flick) - this is bravura filmmaking - hugely ambitious, daring, technically amazing - and mad as Mr. Loony McMad of the Clan Bonkers. I loved it - but others may feel that it's just a load of arty-farty pretentious twaddle - and after watching its near 3 hours - be in need of a serious "Call The Midwife" bender just to get their real world bearings back.

Ok here goes. It begins in the Pacific Islands in 1849 (don't they all) where Adam Ewing (Jim Sturgess of "Across The Universe") is crossing a shale beach and meets the decidedly odd and slightly seedy Doctor Goose (one of six parts for a stunning Tom Hanks). This leads to a dinner discourse with a reverend and his wife (Hugh Grant and Susan Sarandon) - after which we see Ewing visiting their plantation in blistering heat and seeing first hand the lashing of Autua - a Moriori slave tied to a totem pole (David Gyasi). Ewing is overcome and faints. Waking up he finds himself being tended to by the jabbering Dr. Goose (whose noticed Ewing has a key around his neck to a chest of valuables). Ewing naively suspects nothing. Then on a ship at sea - the hideous and greedy Doctor Goose begins poisoning Ewing in earnest.
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113 of 123 people found the following review helpful By Stokie Dave on 22 Dec 2012
Format: DVD
I've seen Cloud Atlas twice now. The movie as a whole is very well made and acted, and is never less than gripping. But it really needs two viewings at least. The first for the initial emotional impact, and the second to begin to intellectually encompass how the myriad story threads are artfully woven together. In that sense, the DVD edition will be required viewing for those trying to figure out the tangled plot. Overall this somewhat flawed movie is quite an achievement, and it's refreshing to see something of this ambition and historical scope realised on the big screen. To make such a movie the novel has had to be chopped around quite a bit, but the ending especially improves on the novel. So the movie adaptation is not the utter disaster which many jaded press reviewers have claimed. It's just a rather difficult film to understand the first time around. Perhaps it's especially so if you don't have a high regard for science-fiction movies, and/or are expecting spaceships and aliens, and object to a bladder-busting 3 hours in the cinema. Although I can certainly understand how some viewers may find it difficult to swallow the script's rather silly hippy-dippy central notions - re-incarnation and karma, and mysterious cosmic birth-marks passing down the centuries. On the other hand, the sprawling 'reverse conspiracy theory' is certainly an entertaining one. A reading of the Sonmi-451 sections of book will explain a couple of seeming plot-holes, such as why bullets mysteriously fail to hit Hae-Joo in the movie, and why the escape from the apartment on the sky-bridge seems so staged. The lack of subtitles during the extensive use of 'future-speak' language will annoy some, but no doubt we'll get subtitles with the DVD edition and then someone will translate them.Read more ›
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55 of 60 people found the following review helpful By Mr. M. Ratcliffe on 27 Oct 2013
Format: Blu-ray Verified Purchase
Despite the polarizing effect it had on movie critics, I decided to watch this and see for myself.

From beginning to end, I was utterley enthralled. Admittedly, I found it hard to understand the devolved language of Zachry and Meronym, the most future distant of the storylines (solved by turning on the subtitles on the Blu Ray which added even more pleasure for me), but that didn't prevent me having a wonderful and emotional experience, which is rare for a movie these days.

How they managed to jump from one genre to another, covering six connected stories, and yet keep you emotionally charged for each one is remarkable to me. They should have won honors for the editing alone.

You will find Robert Frobisher's voice captivating as he dictates his letters to his lover Sixsmith, you will fall in love with Sonmi 451 ( a nod here to Fahrenheit 451 ) and laugh at Timothy Cavendish's ghastly ordeal.

Watch it once, then watch it again. If you find it hard to understand Zachry and Meronym, turn on the subtitles, as their story reveals so much.

Going to read the book now.
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148 of 166 people found the following review helpful By Hugh Finnegan on 17 April 2013
Format: Blu-ray
This movie only made a whimper in the cinema and was largely ignored by the general public wich is a crying shame because I was blown away by the sheer ambition of storytelling on show here. The themes of this movie are love, fate, reincarnation, destiny and the number six (the last one will make sense if you pay close attention to the movie). It is no suprise that it took three directors to put together the six stories that bind the movie together and I commend them for having the nerve to undertake such a massive project.

I won't go into too much detail about the plot(s) but each story (or timeline) has a uniqueness and beauty that warms the heart. I won't lie, you really have to give it your full attention or you might end up missing a key plot point but the pay-off is worth it.

I will give my reasons why I believe this movie bombed at the box office: Firstly it was released in America first and the general movie-goer in the US of A has the attention span of a gnat and therefore they just didn't get it. The negative reviews spread to Europe and it did badly here also. Critics were a lot more sympathetic to the movie but you only have to go to Rotten Tomatoes website to see how different the average rating of a movie is between a critic and the public. It's a sad fact of life that we live in a society of braindead zombies that want to watch dumb explosions (Transformers, Battleship) as opposed to movies with an exhilarating story.

In conclusion, I understand that this movie won't be to everybody's liking but if you want to watch a unique, beautiful piece of epic storytelling then I highly recommend Cloud Atlas.
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