Cloud Atlas

2012

Action / Drama / Mystery / Sci-Fi

994
Rotten Tomatoes Critics - Certified Fresh 66%
Rotten Tomatoes Audience - Upright 66%
IMDb Rating 7.5 10 314116

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Tom Hanks as Dr. Henry Goose / Hotel Manager / Isaac Sachs / Dermot Hoggins / Cavendish Look-a-Like Actor / Zachry
Ben Whishaw as Cabin Boy / Robert Frobisher / Store Clerk / Georgette / Tribesman
Hugo Weaving as Haskell Moore / Tadeusz Kesselring / Bill Smoke / Nurse Noakes / Boardman Mephi / Old Georgie
Halle Berry as Native Woman / Jocasta Ayrs / Luisa Rey / Indian Party Guest / Ovid / Meronym
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Movie Reviews

Reviewed by Michael Ledo 6 / 10

Truth is singular

This is one film most people will love or won't watch the whole thing. The stories concern reincarnation of the soul (?) although it goes far beyond that. The same half dozen or so people in one life are connected in similar ways in different lives. And a person who gets a scar or mark in the future, will have that mark show up in the past as a birthmark. Clearly this film goes way beyond any simplistic idea of reincarnation and makes it into a cult doctrine.

There are 6 separate tales, although the film seems to concentrate on the two future stories. "Souls" are connected by generally having the same people play different parts, or by connecting them through aforesaid mark. The beginning of the film was confusing as it presents the ending of the various lives.

The lives of these people are not simple. They are filled with trauma, killing, and intrigue. Scenes are connected by showing people doing similar things in different life times such as passing through a door, i.e. the so called "smart" and "clever" aspect of the movie.

Rather than asks questions about truth and free will, the movie gives you David Mitchell's answers, which you may or may not agree with. For those who believe in some universal bond that links lives past and present to the seemingly inane point that things that will happen in the future will effect the past, you should enjoy this film for a full 5 stars. For me the film was too artsy, telling stories in a disjointed fashion that lacked depth and meaning to my life.

There are things that are easily missed and will need multiple viewings to grasp.

If they really wanted to make their case, they should have named Tom Hanks "Wilson" as an island dweller.

Parental Guide: F-bomb, sex, nudity.

Reviewed by Greg B 4 / 10

Too confusing, too long, too confusing, too long, too confusing . . .

I am an intelligent man. I enjoy movies that make me think, movies that I can enjoy repeatedly, movies that I recommend heartily, and movies that make me a better person.

This was none of those. It was just too long and too confusing, with several different plotlines at different times and different places, not to mention different genres, all trying to weave together. I watched half of it one night and went to bed wondering, "What on earth is this? Where is it going? What does the director expect of me? Why is there no clear direction in the movie? How do all these different threads link up?"

When I watched the second half the next day, it became slightly more understandable, but my enjoyment was seriously diminished by the director's insistence on using the same actors to play different characters over different time periods in different places. WHY? WHY? WHY? This just confused me and made me wonder whether these characters were linked in some strange way that I should be able to see but couldn't. As a result, I only watched the movie with half my attention in parts.

To its credit, I must say that the movie is beautifully filmed, costumed, set and acted. I just wish I knew what it means.

In the end, I can only say that the movie is a grossly over-long, over-complex testament to the very simple idea of cause and effect. This action causes that action. There are elements of the struggle for freedom in there as well but they are overshadowed by this very simple idea. Three hours of screen time to basically say, "This action caused that action."

You have been warned. Watch it and get your brain scrambled. Three hours of beautiful confusion.

Reviewed by frank-kmiec 10 / 10

Timeless

No matter how many times I've watched Cloud Atlas I cannot help but get teary at the end. The message of love and hope is so strong.

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