Shaun de Malmanche
July 2, 2013
More people need to see this movie. It’s sad that it didn’t get noticed at the Oscars last year.
This is a movie which illustrates the actions of how past lives influence the people in the future.
It was adapted from the novel of the same name by the two siblings who brought us The Matrix trilogy, the Wachowskis.
This is without a doubt the single greatest movie I have seen. This is the most ambitious, unique movie made in a very long time.
It sports a huge cast including Tom Hanks, Halle Berry, Jim Broadbent, Hugo Weaving, Jim Sturgess, Susan Sarandon and Hugh Grant, and is spread over six individual stories, over six individual periods in time.
Each year features its own story with the cast playing different characters, facing different issues.
There are so many different themes in this movie and each individual will pick up their own meaning from it, with the main, resounding theme being oppression.
Cloud Atlas has so much going for it – great story, amazing soundtrack (the Cloud Atlas Sextet), great cast and beautiful visuals.
Each story has its own style, its own tone. 1849 is a tale of slavery aboard a ship; 1939 a story of a gay man and an imprisoning composer; 1973, a thriller/mystery about the powerful world of energy (oil and nuclear); 2012, a comical romp about a publisher in a nursing home; 2144, a futuristic, super-powered world with enslaved clones; 2321 a story of a tribe living in a futuristic, dystopic Hawaii, with remnants of the past in forbidden places.
You’d be forgiven for thinking that changing between these six different stories would feel weird, the changing of tone and all. But it’s done beautifully, never losing momentum. The worlds are linked through cast, similar actions, birthmarks and that amazing soundtrack.
The cast do a tremendous job portraying this immense six-in-one story. Halle Berry (who I’m usually not fond of) is quite likeable and convincing in her roles. Hugh Grant does a great job of playing the villain in each story, along with the great as ever Hugo Weaving.
This film is filled with wonders and demands multiple viewings, even simply for the joy of seeing who plays who the second or seventh time around.
Spanning 500 years and at nearly three hours it never feels long, boring or tedious.
This is a triumph of film-making, if you’re feeling bored or just sick of generic movies, this will reignite your love for movies. I give it five out of five.