Cloud Atlas. Go see it. That’s all I have to say.
I’m totally kidding! But seriously, you need to see this movie. It’s one of the must see movies of the years. Hands down!
When I went into this movie I hadn’t read the book. I had watched a six minute trailer that didn’t give any clue to the plot and I was excited; I had an open mind. When I left the theater I was speechless. It’s so hard to put into words the magnitude of this film and how well it was done and put together. Excuse the cliché but the move was EPIC.
The plot is so twisted and complicated that I don’t even know how I’m going to begin to summarize it for you guys but here’s my best attempt:
The film is made up of six separate stories which take place in six separate periods in history – the mid 1800s, the 1930s, 1873, 2012, 2144 and far off into the future. Each story has different characters and they are all intercut throughout the film. Sometimes you’ll see 30 seconds of one story followed by ten minutes of the next. Honestly, it got a bit confusing. It wasn’t until about an hour and a half in that I really grasped the magnitude of the stories and the film itself. What an undertaking!
I don’t want to give too much away like I normally do. I really think you just need to go and experience this film with a blank slate like I did. Having said that, I will tell you that the cast was incredible. It’s an ensemble cast consisting of Tom Hanks, Halle Berry, Hugh Grant, Hugo Weaving, Jim Broadbent, Susan Sarandon and many more. Many of the cast members play multiple characters (up to 6). I normally don’t enjoy Tom Hanks but I think he did a fantastic job. Halle Berry was also outstanding. It really is a fantastic and original story and I recommend it to every single one of you.
This movie was one of those movies that lasts for three hours but only feels like one. It had my entire attention the whole time and really left a lasting affect on me after I left. I even dreamt about it later on. Definitely look for this film to be nominated for several Oscars this awards season.
Movie Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars