Cloud Atlas

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Title: Cloud Atlas, Andy Wachowski

Release Date: 2013

Genre: Fantasy-Epic

Rating: PG-13

Director: Andy Wachowski, Lana Wachowski and Tom Tykwer

Production: Alex Boden

Screenplay: Andy Wachowski, Tom Tykwer, Lana Wachowski and David Mitchell

Cast: Tom Hanks, Hugh Grant, Halle Berry, Jim Broadbent and Hugo Weaving

Studio: Warner Bros.

Runtime: 172 minutes

Editorial
Everything that could be done for a movie was done for ‘Cloud Atlas’. You have this star line-up of Hollywood legends and a formidable marketing team. Three hours of epic spectacle require all sorts of resources ranging from finance to acting ability. The movie is not the simplest of concepts have been designed to appeal to our understanding of the metaphysical dimension. There are no fewer than six narratives that interlock with one another in order to create the final feature. We go back to the 19th Century as a seafaring tale is unveiled to us. Eventually we go to the future where dystopias are the order of the day. The movie uses both high tech narratives and post-apocalyptic overtones in order to make its points.

Cloud Atlas Overview

The complex themes in ‘Cloud Atlas’ include the transmigration of souls and the concept of eternal recurrence. These themes challenge the acting abilities of the protagonists who often have to move from one dimension to the next. Through excellent prosthetics and makeup, it is possible to add plausibility to the narratives. Tom Hanks is always adorable and Halle Berry is at her best. It is certainly the case that some of the negative reaction to the trailers for ‘Cloud Atlas’ is borne out of personal animosity to Berry based on her public spats with an ex-partner over child custody. Most of her critics will not admit it but she actually does a good job of portraying a very complex characterization.

The beauty of ‘Cloud Atlas’ is that it challenges many of the conventions of believable acting. For example people can move across gender and race, an almost futuristic concept of absolute freedom. The dangerous stunts will keep you on the edge of your seat and the fact that they have been accomplished is a testament to the grandeur of this project. The key is not to take yourself or the movie too serious. It is all about having fun and enjoying the portrayals of concepts that are probably well beyond the capabilities of ordinary mortals.

The juxtaposition of various scenes will take some time to understand but in the end each one is totally capable of independent interpretation. Given the length of the movie, it is amazing to note the speed with which the scenes are changed. The editorial work must have been immense. The eclectic scenes and their unusual juxtaposition are some of the strong points in ‘Cloud Atlas’. The movie seeks to change structure and form without losing its fundamental appeal as a storytelling vehicle. All the attendant work such as production and directing are done to the highest possible standards. All in all this is a great piece.

Verdict
It would take a formidable cast to pull off ‘Cloud Atlas’ and that is precisely what Andy Wachowski has achieved. Through the resourceful use of a set of characters he has been able to convert a rather challenging book into an ultimately enjoyable film. That is a feat worthy of an Oscar if there is any justice in this world.

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The complex themes in ‘Cloud Atlas’ include the transmigration of souls and the concept of eternal recurrence. These themes challenge the acting abilities of the protagonists who often have to move from one dimension to the next. Through excellent prosthetics and makeup, it is possible to add plausibility to the narratives. Tom Hanks is always adorable and Halle Berry is at her best. It is certainly the case that some of the negative reaction to the trailers for ‘Cloud Atlas’ is borne out of personal animosity to Berry based on her public spats with an ex-partner over child custody. Most of her critics will not admit it but she actually does a good job of portraying a very complex characterization.

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