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:
Tom Hanks, Halle Berry
Rental Formats:
DVD, Blu-ray

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

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51 of 54 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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112 of 122 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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19 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Mr. Peter Chapman on 21 Dec 2013
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
I'd vaguely heard things about a film called Cloud Atlas, something big in scale, and seen a very brief clip with the Bird Of Prey-style ship flying up over the bridge, as shown on the DVD cover. I hadn't even seen the trailer (in hindsight, I think that worked out for the best). Thank goodness I went out on a limb and watched it.

Cloud Atlas follows The Matrix and Inception as a film that redefines everything a film can be. The first time around I loved it. The second time, more. I certainly recommend watching it at least twice; not only will it make more sense, but you will also put together connections you have previously missed, based on things you know will happen later.

You remember how Inception pulled off that clever trick of three chases happening at once, but since the characters were inside nestled dreams, the same characters were experiencing all three chases (rather than just cutting between three unrelated chases)? That gave the film a level of tension and excitement I'd never seen before, as well as having different situations happening at once and all influencing the same group of characters. That's about the closest thing I can compare Cloud Atlas to, except increased by an order of magnitude. A narrative where characters react to the deeds of others across different time periods, at the same time. By each crime, and every kindness, we birth our future.

I have since read the book, which is brilliant. The book is about ideas, while the film is about emotions. Going against all my usual standpoints, I prefer the film.

If you haven't seen it, now might be a good time to stop reading this review. The less you know, the better it will be. If you have seen it, please do read on.
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145 of 162 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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