Saturday, November 17, 2012

Cloud Atlas - Movie Review

Starring Tom Hanks, Halle Berry, Hugh Grant, Jim Broadbent, Hugo Weaving, Jim Sturgess, Ben Whishaw, Doona Bae, Susan Sarandon, James D'Arcy, Keith David, Xun Zhou and David Gyasi.
Directed by Tom Tykwer, Lana Wachowski & Andy Wachowski.


Six stories are loosely connected, spanning from the 1800's to the distant future.  The ensemble shows up in each one. They may be the star in one storyline but a cameo in the next.  They interchange age, race, gender in weaving the tapestry of their tales.

There's nothing particularly profound here, and each story on its own might just seem okay, but the way these six intertwine, the pacing at which it jumps from one to the next, this is cinema that is alive, that moves.  I admire not only its ambition, but that a studio had enough faith to give it a budget.  It's tragic, really, that this didn't do better at the box office.

I hope this film isn't forgotten come Academy time, at least for some of the technical awards.  Make-Up, Costume, Art Direction, Sound should all get mentions.

It's also worth seeing on the big screen.  The effects are on par with the Matrix trilogy or Tron Legacy.

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