“There is a natural order to this world, and those who try to upend it do not fare well. This movement will never survive; if you join them, you and your entire family will be shunned. At best, you will exist a pariah to be spat at and beaten-at worst, to be lynched or crucified. And for what? For what? No matter what you do it will never amount to anything more than a single drop in a limitless ocean. ” – Haskell
Number of Times Seen – 1 (23 May 2017)
Brief Synopsis – Epic tale that tells numerous stories spanning six time frames that all are inter connected.
My Take on it – This is a film that I have avoided for years because it just looked so crazy and I dreaded the 3 hour runtime.
Boy was I wrong.
This is such an ambitiously epic idea that despite its near 3 hour runtime feels like there is so much more for us to learn.
The constant jumping between the various stories and characters makes you feel as if you are trying to put together a humongous puzzle where each of the pieces are slowly revealed as the movie moves along.
Loved the idea to use and reuse the same actors during each of the segments because it shows that there is some kind of eternal connection between all of us across time and space.
The stories being told over each of the six timelines are all interesting and despite the non linear method still were great to watch.
The cast is superb and one never tires of Tom Hanks, Halle Berry, Susan Sarandon, Jim Broadbent or any of the other cast members.
This is definitely a deep and inspirational film that deserves multiple watches in order to fully appreciate it all.
The visuals are great and The Wachowski’s have managed to once again take us on such a wild and fun ride.
Bottom Line – Much better than I expected. The stories are all quite interesting and it feels like one huge puzzle for us to try and solve. The use of actors over and again across time shows how interconnected everything in life and the universe can be. Amazing cast led by Hanks, Berry Sarandon and Broadbent. Definitely needs at least one more viewing (if not more) to try and grasp it all because there is so much to enjoy here. Highly Recomnended!
MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – With a budget of over 100 million dollars, Cloud Atlas is one of the most expensive independent films to date. (From IMDB)
Rating – Oscar Worthy
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