Cloud Atlas

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"Everything is connected"
  • R
  • 2012
  • 2 hr 52 min
  • 7.4  (374,309)
  • 55

In the movie Cloud Atlas, directed by Lana and Lilly Wachowski along with Tom Tykwer, the lives of different people from different time periods are woven together in a complex narrative that spans centuries. The movie is an adaptation of David Mitchell's novel of the same name. The story begins with Adam Ewing (Jim Sturgess), a 19th-century American notary, who is traveling back home from the Pacific Islands. During his voyage, he meets Dr. Henry Goose (Tom Hanks), who gives him medication for an illness. However, things take a different turn when Ewing realizes the true nature of the medication, which leads him to fight for his life while struggling with his conscience.

The movie then cuts to the 1930s, where young Robert Frobisher (Ben Whishaw), a British composer, dreams of leaving his mark in the music industry. He lands a job as an assistant to renowned composer Vyvyan Ayrs (Jim Broadbent), who is in the later stages of his career. However, Frobisher's ambition and passion for music result in a tumultuous relationship with Ayrs, leading to a creative dispute that has far-reaching consequences.

The viewer is then transported to San Francisco in the 1970s, where Luisa Rey (Halle Berry), an investigative journalist, uncovers a cover-up regarding the safety of a nuclear power plant. She stumbles upon a manuscript written by Frobisher, which leads her to learn more about him and his fate. However, her investigation puts her life in danger as she tries to expose the truth.

Next, the movie takes us to present-day London, where Timothy Cavendish (Jim Broadbent), a book publisher, is forced into hiding from his gangster creditors. He seeks refuge in a nursing home but soon realizes that the establishment is also imprisoning its residents. This segment is a humorous take on the dystopian genre, as Cavendish tries to escape while bonding with other prisoners.

In the future, in dystopian Korea, the movie introduces us to a fabricated corpocratic society where people are genetically modified to fit specific roles. Sonmi-451 (Doona Bae), a genetically-engineered clone, works as a waitress in a fast-food restaurant. However, her life takes an unexpected turn when she encounters Hae-Joo Chang (Jim Sturgess), a member of a rebel group fighting against the establishment, who catalyzes her journey towards freedom.

Finally, the movie brings everything full circle as the different stories overlap and connect in a cohesive manner. The characters from each segment are reincarnations of one another, and their actions ripple through time to affect the others.

Cloud Atlas is a visually stunning and thought-provoking movie that explores the ideas of reincarnation, the interconnectedness of people, and the cyclical nature of time. The talented ensemble cast, which includes Tom Hanks, Halle Berry, and Hugh Grant, each plays multiple roles throughout the movie, showcasing their range and versatility as actors. The film's intricate structure and philosophical undertones make it an intelligent and engaging watch that requires attention and reflection to fully appreciate.

Cloud Atlas is a 2012 drama with a runtime of 2 hours and 52 minutes. It has received moderate reviews from critics and viewers, who have given it an IMDb score of 7.4 and a MetaScore of 55.

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