Directors Tom Tykwer, Andy Wachowski, and Lana Wachowski team up to helm this adaptation of David Mitchell's popular novel Cloud Atlas. The trio have put together an all-star cast, including Tom Hanks, Halle Berry, Jim Broadbent, and Hugh Grant, to play various characters over the course of several different historical time periods. The various narrative threads weave in and out of each other, painting a portrait of mankind's quest for tolerance and peace throughout the ages.~Perry Seibert
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Tom HanksDr. Henry Goose, Isaac Sachs, Zachry, Dermot Hoggins, Hotel Manager, Cavendish Look-a-Like Actor
Halle BerryJocasta Ayrs, Meronym, Luisa Rey, Ovid, Native Woman, Indian Party Guest
Jim BroadbentCaptain Molyneux, Timothy Cavendish, Vyvyan Ayrs, Korean Musician, Prescient 2
Hugo WeavingHaskell Moore, Bill Smoke, Old Georgie, Tadeusz Kesselring, Boardman Mephi, Nurse Noakes
Jim SturgessAdam Ewing, Hae-Joo Chang, Poor Hotel Guest, Highlander, Megan's Dad, Adam/Zachry's Brother-in-Law
Excellent Depiction of the Transmigration of Souls
It's hard to put into words when the film really must be experienced. This film (based on the book) addresses the belief in the transmigration of souls and their development through life cycles. Thus, through the film actors are asked to play multiple roles even different genders. All were seriously excellent!
I would recommend this to a friend
Rated 5 out of 5 stars
Futuristic view of people that are connected through time, lifetime after lifetime.
Who among us doesn’t want to be remembered? To make an impact that will last lifetimes? It turns out everyone’s life does, just not necessarily the way you might like or to the degree you might hope, or so says this latest offering from the creators of The Matrix trilogy based on a novel of the same name by David Mitchell.
Chronologically, the first character we’re introduced to is Adam Ewing. Ewing (played by Jim Sturgess) is an American lawyer travelling to the South Pacific to conduct business on behalf of his father-in-law. He witnesses the enslavement of the native islanders, offers passage to one who stows away on the ship, Autua (played by David Gyasi) and falls ill as a result of exposure to a parasite. Once incapacitated by his illness, Ewing is “cared for” by the maniacal Dr. Henry Goose (played by Tom Hanks). Eighty-seven years later, we’re taken to the UK and introduced to a young man whose wealthy father sees him as an embarrassment and has disowned him. That man, Robert Frobisher (played by Ben Whishaw), dreams of being a composer. While hoping to achieve that, he takes a job dictating for a man whose already achieved fame of his own, Vyvyan Ayrs (played by Jim Broadbent), whose eyes are failing him. Despite Ayrs unpleasant demeanor, Frobisher proves up to the job and it allows him time to further his own ambitions. Flash forward another thirty-seven years, we meet Luisa Rey. Rey (played by Halle Berry who also portrays relatively minor characters in the previous storylines) is a second-generation journalist writing a story about a nuclear power plant that is opening in her hometown of San Francisco. Unexpectedly, she meets Rufus Sixsmith (former lover of the now-deceased Frobisher played by James D’Arcy). Sixsmith (D’Arcy) is a nuclear physicist who knows that the plant is unsafe and hopes to relay his knowledge to Rey and provide evidence to substantiate it. What neither Ray, Sixsmith, or Dr. Isaac Sachs (another whistleblower played by Tom Hanks) are aware of however, is that they are all being hunted by a man whose employers wish to see the plant open, no matter the risk to the environment or local residents. Once again, we jump ahead. This time, thirty-nine years to the present. There we meet Timothy Cavendish (played by Broadbent). Cavendish is a publisher at a publicity event for an author named Dermot Hoggins (Hanks). During the event, Hoggins sees a critic who panned his work and throws him off the balcony. While he is sent to jail for his actions, his book begins flying off the shelves resulting in a financial windfall for Cavendish. Members of the Hoggins family wish to take the proceeds Cavendish is receiving from the sales as a result of Dermot signing away his rights to them before going to jail. Cavendish goes on the run and his brother Denholme (played by Hugh Grant who, like the others, played roles of varied significance in the previous stories) sends him to an establishment that he mistakes for a hotel but that is, in fact, a secure home for the elderly. Rather than capitulate, Cavendish plots his escape with help from other unhappy residents, one of whom only says two words over and over during the planning of the escape and the escape itself.
There are two more storylines which, together, span a time of two-hundred nine years into the future. Rather than describe them both, I’ll simply conclude here with my thoughts on the film as a whole. Cloud Atlas, while not as brilliant as the hype made it out to be, is a great film. Hanks and company play all of their roles expertly. And though the connective tissue between them strains credulity at times, they each leave the viewer with a sense of hope and optimism that, in the end, things will work out somehow. That’s not a large part of my particular worldview, but it’s beautifully depicted and highly entertaining, nonetheless. See it.
Not an easy movie to watch. A number of stories going on simultaneously in multiple time periods using many of the same actors. One that might be helpful to watch it again but it is 3 hours long. Some great sets, especially those in the future.
I've been wanting this movie ever since it came out in 2012 but got cold feet reading reviews of it at the time. Well, the holidays came, the price was right, I had some extra cash so I went ahead and bought it. All I can say is, if you're a fan of Darren Aronofsky's "The Fountain", you'll probably enjoy "Cloud Atlas" whereas both jump around with their timelines. It may take you two or three viewings to follow the minor nuances of the storyline (that is, if you don't cheat and Google the plot.) It is a long movie, clocking in at almost three hours. It also shifts constantly from action to drama to science fiction. If you're the type that doesn't want to scratch your head after one viewing, you may want to pass on it. I personally found it engaging.
I would recommend this to a friend
Rated 3 out of 5 stars
Interesting... But Boring!
I'm kinda disappointed in this movie -- Every Tom Hanks movie I've seen, I've really liked -- except for DaVinci code and its sequels which had ridiculous plots, but I was still at least entertained. You have to really pay attention to this movie for it to make sense, but it's hard to when it's so boring... and LONG!
No, I would not recommend this to a friend
Rated 4 out of 5 stars
Busy movie, but good story
First of all this is not a children’s movie. There are some very disturbing situations and themes. There are time period shifts in the movie and it is very deep. It took me seeing it twice to fully understand it. The actors were incredible playing different parts and characters. Tom Hanks was brilliant in this.
The plot is very complex in nature. If one likes deep movies that make you think, this is the one. If you want a relaxing film, this is not the one.
Cloud Atlas is a convoluted story, told in non-sequential bits (it jumps around in time, although each of the multiple story lines is told in order, they cross over each other and it may take some a while to figure out what is happening and how everything connects). Tom Hanks, of course, does his usual bang up job. The characters are engaging, the story (once you get it) is good and the special effects are understated but good. B+