February 6, 2013
You would think that with three directors, Cloud Atlas would have been a disaster. However, the film (adapted from David Mitchell’s novel of the same name) proved to be a rather endearing one that packs all your favourite movie genres into two hours and 52 minutes of visual spectacles.
With six different yet interlinked plotlines, directors Tom Tykwer (Run Lola Run), Lana Wachowski and Andy Wachowski (The Matrix trilogy), bring to life stories of a post-apocalyptic world, love, action and lots more with the help of a cast that play multiple characters. This multi-faceted film most notably includes, stars like Tom Hanks and Halle Berry but at the same time include Jim Sturgess, Hugo Weaving, Hugh Grant and of course, South Korean actress Doona Bae; who’s making her Hollywood debut with this film.
Storyline wise, Cloud Atlas may be a little confusing and even a tad messy at first but the trick to watching movies with interlinked plotlines like this one is to forget what you’ve already watched a few seconds ago. Thankfully, all of the movie plotlines take place at different periods of time so that audiences can easily differentiate between them. The film is basically, all about how each of the experiences and legacies of each of the characters affects the past, future and present. If you have watched the trailer, you would have heard the line, “Our lives are not our own. We are bound to others past and present. And by each crime and every kindness, we birth our future.” That line itself basically encapsulates what the film is trying to teach and tell others.
Now, film adaptations have notoriously been known to not fair so well as their printed counterparts. Personally, I’ve never read the novel by David Mitchell but I’m pretty darn sure that after watching the movie, most people would head to the bookstores to get themselves a copy. I know I did. I will not go as far to say that Cloud Atlas is the greatest movie of all time but it is definitely interesting to watch and it should be experienced. The Wachowskis once again prove that they are the best when it comes to creating sci-fi and fantasy films while Tykwer complements them with his segments of the film that are light-hearted and comedic. I think that they worked really well together.
Overall, the film is an extremely ambitious one. Despite not insufficient funding at the start, I feel that the film is an amazing that offers something for everyone. I especially like how the movie appeals to the human emotions a lot. It’s not every day that we get something so different from what’s already in the film market.