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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, Hugh Grant
Rental Formats:
DVD, Blu-ray

Product Details

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

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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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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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Format: DVD
At last, a beautiful film that requires some real concentration and attention to understand but is more than worth it. Sometimes I love Tom Hanks, sometimes not so much, but (with the single exception of the novelist from 2012) he is great here and Halle Berry, whilst always stunning to look at is sometimes not so stunning in her performances, is the best I have ever seen her.
The plot is very complex and I was struggling 30 minutes or so into the film, but just relax, enjoy the show, and all will become stunningly, amazingly revealed. The weaving together of 6 stories, from 6 timelines, but all with a connection and a strong philosophical (sometimes allegorical) bent, is masterful. The futuristic scenes pay homage to Blade Runner, Logans Run, Soylent Green and Serenity, which gave me no cause to complain at all - and they are incredible to look at. All the performances, with each actor playing multiple roles, are good - Jim Broadbent is always solidly reliable, Hugo Weaving can play anything (watch Priscilla if you need further proof) but for me the standouts were Ben Wishaw as Frobisher and Doona Bae, whose performance of Sonmi 451 is hauntingly beautiful. The intricate weaving together of seemingly disparate and unconnected stories was fascinating. It's not an easy film, but any effort you put into watching will be paid back tenfold. Wonderful.
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Format: Blu-ray Verified Purchase
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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