Writers: David Mitchell (Novel), The Directors (Screenplay)
Stars: Tom Hanks, Halle Berry, Doona Bae, Jim Broadbent, Hugh Grant, Ben Whishaw, Benedict Cumberbatch, Susan Sarandon, Jim Sturgess, Keith David, James D'Arcy
Cloud Atlas is without a doubt the most overlooked movie of the year. In my heart, I give this movie 5 Stars. It swept me away in a world of adventure, romance, sci-fi, horror, action and fantasy. I can't in all consciousness say this is a perfect movie, or rank it as high as films like Lawrence of Arabia. But trust me, it comes pretty darn close to achieving that level. It's an 'epic' in every sense of the word. It's so big, so beautiful, I get emotional just thinking about it. The acting is masterful, the music is among the greatest ever composed, the cinematography is stunning, the special effects astounding, the make-up is wild and amazing... this film 'enchanted me, body and soul.'
It's really hard to try to think of a plot summary, so I'll just steal it from IMDB. "An exploration of how the actions of individual lives impact one another in the past, present and future, as one soul is shaped from a killer into a hero, and an act of kindness ripples across centuries to inspire a revolution." Long story short, what we do in our previous lives affects what we become in the future.
In Cloud Atlas, they recycle the same actors to play descendents across many generations. We see Tom Hanks as a scheming doctor in the 19th century, then as a nice nuclear scientist in the 1970s, then as a brutish Irish thug in 2012, then as a strange tribesman set god knows how many years into the future. Every single actor plays a million different roles. This would be dramatic heaven for them, and they all did an amazing job! I couldn't fault any of their performances.
|Doona Bae is stunning. She's a star on the rise!|
|Broadbent brings comic genius and a beautiful vulnerability to his character.|
|Whishaw and Cumberbatch smashing porcelain in a stunning scene.|
|Hugh Grant shows off his versatility.|
|Hugo Weaving playing a reincarnated 'Nurse Ratchet.'|
I could ramble on for days about all the things I loved in Cloud Atlas. I will never forget it. It's the first EPIC film that has come out in a long time. Like I said, in my heart it's a 5 Star film! It's a little hard to follow but once you understand what's happening, Cloud Atlas becomes one of the most rewarding movies you'll ever see. It's amazing. It's amazing. It's AMAZING. Oh, and one more thing I forgot to mention... this is one of Tom Hanks' greatest performances!