Monday, June 17, 2013

Now on Netflix: Cloud Atlas (2012)

Cloud Atlas (2012) - Written and Directed by Tom Twyker, Andy Wachowski, Lana Wachowski; Starring Tom Hanks, Halle Berry, Hugh Grant, Hugo Weaving, Jim Broadbent, Jim Sturgess, Susan Sarandon.

By Kenny Howell

Cloud Atlas gets an A for ambition, there is no doubt about that.

It's the execution that kept me from really settling into this nearly three hour film about reincarnation and how people are connected over many different time periods and stories.

To say that is all Cloud Atlas is about would be kind of selling it short. The very dense, challenging book from David Mitchell tells many stories, spanning several hundred years from the past to the distant future. It is a varying collection of stories that span several genres from sci-fi, comedy, romantic drama, action adventure. The problem comes with splicing those stories together. The movie moves rather quickly, and sometimes we are with the story for just a minute or two before it goes to another. The constant jumping style to style throws it off a bit. You never really can settle into something before you taken away to another world.

The presentation of the film as a whole is impressive. From the special effects to the makeup, it was quite an undertaking. The actors play several different roles, and Hugo Weaving portrays both genders. The detail they put into the technical aspects of the movie are impressive, and even when you feel lost in the story, you can appreciate the eye candy on display.

Side note, and it's not just this movie, but why in the far future, sometimes society are presented as living a primitive existence, but yet they will have some very technologically advanced machinery. Seems like they could use that technology to not be dirty all the time, or make some nicer clothes, but that's just me.

Cloud Atlas is now streaming on Netflix.

Rating: **1/2

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