A set of six nested stories spanning time between the 19th century and a distant post-apocalyptic future. Cloud Atlas explores how the actions and consequences of individual lives impact one another throughout the past, the present and the future. Action, mystery and romance weave through the story as one soul is shaped from a killer into a hero and a single act of kindness ripples across centuries to inspire a revolution in the distant future. Based on the award winning novel by David Mitchell. Directed by Tom Tykwer and the Wachowskis.
|Release Date||:||October 26, 2012|
|Genres||:||Drama, Science Fiction|
|Production Company||:||Anarchos Productions, X-Filme Creative Pool, Ascension Pictures, ARD Degeto Film, Cloud Atlas Productions, Five Drops, Media Asia Group, Dreams of Dragon Picture|
|Production Countries||:||Germany, Hong Kong, Singapore, United States of America|
|Director||:||Lilly Wachowski, Lana Wachowski, Tom Tykwer, Julie Brown, Caroline Veyssière, Terry Needham, Rickie-Lee Roberts, Julie Heskin|
|Writers||:||David Mitchell, Lana Wachowski, Tom Tykwer, Lilly Wachowski|
|Casts||:||Tom Hanks, Halle Berry, Jim Broadbent, Hugo Weaving, Jim Sturgess, Bae Doona , Ben Whishaw, Keith David, James D'Arcy, Zhou Xun, David Gyasi, Susan Sarandon, Hugh Grant, Robert Fyfe, Martin Wuttke, Zhu Zhu, Robin Morrissey, Brody Nicholas Lee, Amanda Walker, Raevan Lee Hanan, Götz Otto, Mya-Lecia Naylor, Niall Greig Fulton, Louis Dempsey, Martin Docherty, Alistair Petrie, Sylvestra Le Touzel, Andrew Havill, Shaun Lawton|
|Plot Keywords||:||clone, future, dystopia, ensemble cast, duringcreditsstinger, century, woman director, 1930s|
I didn't find it to be a mess at all, and it was certainly the best thing the Wachowskis have ever done. I'm not sure how the directing duties were distributed, so I'll uniformly praise Tom Tykwer as well.
I haven't read the book, so I can't make any comparisons there, but I don't often leave a film adaptation wanting to read the novel afterwards, as I did after seeing this.
Visually stunning, epic in scope, a strong score; the sort of film that you're constantly amazed was ever made and happy it was. Equal parts comedy, romance, thriller, and dystopian speculative fiction, it really is an astounding mix of disparate elements.
The biggest overall failure was definitely some of the make-up effects