Cloud Atlas: A Huge, Long Movie of Movies

Cloud Atlas: A Huge, Long Movie of Movies

CLOUD ATLAS In the future, sad people will drink antidepressant milk.

Here is the review of Cloud Atlas in a nutshell: It's too long, much of it doesn't make sense, but also much of it is entertaining, and a number of its sequences are incredibly thrilling. The money you spend on this film will not feel wasted. The directors, the Wachowski siblings (The Matrix) and Tom Tykwer (Run Lola Run) have made sure that you get what you paid for: a galaxy of an epic that stars one of the biggest names out there, Tom Hanks, in more roles than I can remember, the most memorable of which is an East End gangster/author who throws the harshest critic of his book, Knuckle Sandwich, off a balcony.

The film also stars Halle Berry, Hugh Grant, and Korean actress Doona Bae, spans many centuries, and is composed of six stories that are connected in ways that are complicated (a history of cannibalism, capitalism, and democracy) and demand at least three viewings (nine hours of your life) to understand. The first story, which is set in the middle of the 19th century, is about a young American visiting a Polynesian island and discovering the horrors of the slave trade. The next, set in the 1930s, is about a young, gay English musician and the aging composer he works and writes music for. The next, set in the early '70s, is about a reporter discovering a dark secret at the heart of a new nuclear plant. The next, set in our moment, is about a London-based literary agent. The next, set in the near future, is about a genetically designed Korean fast-food worker who revolts against the system. And the last story, set in the distant future, is about a village of white people that's menaced by white cannibals and visited by a beautiful and enlightened black alien.

The first story is essentially Amistad, the second is anything by Merchant Ivory, the third is The Conversation, the fourth is Four Weddings and a Funeral (or any British comedy involving Hugh Grant), the fifth is The Matrix, and the last is somewhere between The Lord of the Rings and 2001. The best movie in this movie of movies is the one that's like The Matrix—which, unsurprisingly, is directed by the Wachowskis (they directed the two futuristic films and the 19th-century one; Tykwer the rest). The Matrix-like segment, which stars Doona Bae (an actress who is soon to enter the sphere of global celebrity that's shared by Gong Li and Michelle Yeoh) is fucking dazzling. recommended

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Lordy, where does The Stranger find its writers?
Posted by liberty4all on January 3, 2013 at 1:02 AM · Report this
Wonderful learn, I simply handed this onto a colleague who was performing a little analysis on that. And he really purchased me lunch as a result of I discovered it for him smile So permit me to rephrase that: thank you for dinner!
Posted by huynhhai on December 18, 2012 at 10:57 PM · Report this
TheMisanthrope 11
@10 Thank you for the factoids that wouldn't make it to the back of the box.

To contrast, Chaz merely tacked on a back of the box review to his purest review ever: the first two sentences are perfect. It should have been left at that.
Posted by TheMisanthrope on November 5, 2012 at 9:36 AM · Report this
Cloud Atlas is a sci-fi adventure-drama movie directed by Lana and Andy Wachowski and Tom Tykwer. It was based from the 2004 novel of the same name by David Mitchell. , a portion of which came from Warner Bros., but most of which was raised from independent sources, Cloud Atlas is one of the most expensive independent movie of all time.…
Posted by bredwill on October 31, 2012 at 2:52 AM · Report this
For $9 get the book. It's 2x better. Seattle Socrates

Posted by Seattle Socrates on October 29, 2012 at 11:32 PM · Report this
metardtard 8
Appropriate name, ShitTimmySez.
Posted by metardtard on October 27, 2012 at 7:10 AM · Report this
Posted by How Sad on October 26, 2012 at 1:10 PM · Report this
ShitTimmySez 6
Ah, So you take down comments based on content. Good job.
Posted by ShitTimmySez on October 25, 2012 at 7:59 PM · Report this
ShitTimmySez 5
Too long, doesn't make sense huh. Watching a movies hard huh.
Posted by ShitTimmySez on October 25, 2012 at 7:49 PM · Report this
Wait, so they changed her into an alien? WTF
Posted by UNPAID COMMENTER on October 25, 2012 at 10:55 AM · Report this
Charles Mudede 3
@2, i was reviewing the movie, not the book.
Posted by Charles Mudede on October 25, 2012 at 10:48 AM · Report this
She's not a black alien- just a member of a more advanced civilization that learned to genetically engineer themselves to be less susceptible to the effects of the sun, and who want to study the more primitive white "natives" of post apocalyptic Hawaii. In the book it dovetails nicely with the first story, where it's the other way around.
Posted by UNPAID COMMENTER on October 25, 2012 at 8:38 AM · Report this
William of Seattle 1
"fucking dazzling" is "fucking dazzling," Chuck. You plunk the keyboard like a proper Clever Trevor. Your film review is pure because you did not link it back to Mitchell's "fucking dazzling" prose. You can't really go there, not like that. I mean, Kubrick's The Shining and its King "source material" are two different things. Short stories. Short films. what was that French one (I think) where the troll/monster comes up from the sewers through manholes in Japan (I think). So, with Samsara, The Master and now this, visual technique (what else?) is the chatter. At any rate, the Chuckster types a good film review. Night on Earth, that's another good short film collection, with the drunk dude sitting in the ice and snow.
Posted by William of Seattle on October 24, 2012 at 8:03 PM · Report this

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