» Reviews: Cloud Atlas

Nathan Schwartz

|    Wednesday, November 28, 2012

  • Director: Lana Wachowski, Tom Tykwer, Andy Wachowski
  • Producer: Grant Hill, Stefan Arndt, Lana Wachowski, Tom Tykwer, Andy Wachowski
  • Writer: Screenplay: Lana Wachowski, Tom Tykwer, Andy Wachowski – Novel: David Mitchell
  • Starring: Tom Hanks, Halle Berry, Jim Broadbent, Hugo Weaving, Jim Sturgess, Hugh Grant
  • Distributor: Warner Bros. Pictures
  • Running Time: 171 min
  • Rating: R
  • Genre: Drama, Sci-Fi

Cloud Atlas hit the ground running. Within the first few minutes it showed glimpses of all six of the various stories you are meant to be following. And as the film progressed, it carefully chose how fast to jump between stories depending on the intensity of the events, which was compelling. On top of that, each storyline and the time period therein were captured with serious, and admirable, attention to detail. However, no matter how hard they tried to make it work; six stories are still far too much for one movie.

On top of that, with the overall theme revolving around the interconnectivity of everything, it was dripping with pretension. “Everything is everything” is just way too grand a notion to attempt to capture without coming off as bombastic. Furthermore, it was very long, there were a few things that felt unexplained, and the rudimentary English they used in one of the storylines was annoyingly incomprehensible.

On their own, these stories could’ve made decent films/series/short films, and it was astounding how each actor had a wide breadth of roles to play, but it was just too much work trying to follow all of it without losing interest.

 

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