Cloud Atlas [DVD] [2012]

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  • Release Date: 05/14/2013
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Overview

Ratings & Reviews


Overall Customer Rating:
80% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (471 out of 589)

Special Features


  • A film like no other: see how three visionary directors came together, divided their tasks and created a cohesive masterpiece

Synopsis


Cloud Atlas
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, Rovi

Cast & Crew


  • Tom Hanks
    Tom Hanks - Dr. Henry Goose
  • Halle Berry
    Halle Berry - Jocasta Ayrs
  • Jim Broadbent
    Jim Broadbent - Captain Molyneux
  • Hugo Weaving
    Hugo Weaving - Haskell Moore
  • Jim Sturgess
    Jim Sturgess - Adam Ewing



Overall customer rating

4
80%
would recommend to a friend
  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Not as good as Cast Away, but...

    Posted
    Treydle
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    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.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Nice idea, falls short for me, but still good

    Posted
    PDiddyy

    There are several very-well-presented reviews written in essay format within this forum, so I will try to summarize my thoughts. At the end of the film, I had no emotional attachment to what I had just watched, which I think was my only desire going into it. Nonetheless, it was a nice movie to watch, and I'm sure there are certain sorts of people who will enjoy discussing and debating the film's content and messages. People who consider themselves to be "enlightened" or "free thinkers" will probably be very drawn in to this movie. If you take a more objective approach and just watch it without an agenda, you will probably enjoy it to some extent but you won't walk away feeling like you just experienced something special. I watched it in its entirety and I thought it was a fascinating idea, although not entirely original I'm sure. The action was moderate - this is not an action film, nor is it a film of revelation i.e. nobody at the end says, "Ah ha! I knew I had met you in a previous life!" This is a movie that involves different people in different time periods (and different planets, apparently) that are connected by their past. There are a multitude of human condition related ideas that are touched on and/or questioned, ranging from lifestyle to philosophy to spirituality. None of these things are really developed within the stories but rather they are merely touched-on, as if ideas passing briefly in the minds of the characters. If you are overtly turned off by homosexuality then you will likely turn this movie off within the first fifteen minutes. If movies involving Susan Sarandon turn your stomach, rest assured she does not play a leading role and you will probably be okay. If you manage to get past anything that doesn't agree with your personal tastes or ideas, then you might enjoy this movie. I was not blown away by the scenery, the cast, the story/stories, or the messages. But, it was a good movie to watch.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 1 out of 5 stars

    Beware, Not As Advertised!!!

    Posted
    MovieBuff
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    I purchased this Cloud Atlas Blu-ray at my local Best Buy as a gift for my brother. I thought it was a real bargain at $5.99 for Blu-ray + DVD + Ultraviolet Digital HD. Well, not so much. When my brother open the gift it was embarrassing to find that it was only a Blu-Ray disc by itself. No DVD or Ultraviolet digital HD code. I then tried using Vudu "Disc to Digital" by loading the disc into my computer's Blu-ray dive only to find out that this particular Blu-ray version of Cloud Atlas is not recognizable with the "VUDU To Go" software. It was a bummer all around. If you're looking to buy only the Blu-ray version of Cloud Atlas by itself, then this is the item for you. If you're expecting the Blu- ray + DVD + Digital HD as advertised, then you're going to want to look somewhere else!

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    An acquired taste

    Posted
    Jack
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    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

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Past, present and future intertwined.

    Posted
    KennedyFriedPatron
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    This is a truly ambitious film by the Wachowski siblings (The Matrix) and Tom Tykwer (Run Lola Run). It's a multiple story line, multiple genre film that encompasses a few centures. Actors portray various characters as the film showcases the power of reincarnation and the impact that someone's past life could have on his or her present or future life. Despite your own feelings about whether reincarnation is true or not, just watch the film for what it is and keep your religious and spiritual beliefs out of it. My only real critique is that in some cases, the makeup looks ridiculous. For instance, when a White actor is given makeup to appear more Asian in the future timelines. I completely understand why they did it, I just think they could have done a better job makeup wise. Personally, I don't like to see a film in which the makeup is so obvious. Other than that, it's a great film.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Superb Scifi, wrong website description on bluray

    Posted
    Jabaraboosh
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    This was advertised as coming with the digital copy. It did not come with that, you get the bluray and that's it. I called customer service, they said they were going to mail another one; STILL did not come with the digital copy. I am pretty sure after looking at other websites that this does not come with digital copy. I do not know why you are advertising it as such. As far as the movie goes, I love a bit of mystery in movies along with a ton of action. This goes beyond that and more. Characters were well developed and completely into their roles. Love the time hopping aspect of it as well. Well made scifi movie.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Overly long & complex to get to simple truth

    Posted
    123654
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    A visually attractive film with major actors doing an impressive job of playing different characters in different time periods. I felt that the storylines could have been shown in larger continuous segments to get a better feel of the emotions of each character in each setting. As it was, this movie would shift from time period to time period sometimes showing as little as a single line of dialogue before going to the next era. The moral of the story is that each person can have an impact that effects other people and other times. Whether this is karmic, or fate, or reincarnation; that the viewer can decide. Ultimately, it is a simple truth and it should not have taken a painful (almost 3 hour) journey to get there.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Cloud Atlas is AWESOME

    Posted
    Skip
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    I normally love to rip on movies. I loathe 'writers' of the day - I find them uninspired idiots. This movie, however, is truly incredible. Each actor turns in stellar performances. (Yes, plural.) The message of the movie is equally amazing. You can watch this one over & over & always find something new to 'take home'. Do your soul a favor & buy it. BTW - I ALWAYS check Target, Amazon, eBay, Best Buy & Walmart for the best deal... guess who I bought this from? (I'm also on here as LUV DISNEY AT TIMES)

    I would recommend this to a friend



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