Sonmi, what a fabulous film about truth, the progression of the soul through the Earth School and the nature of love eternal!
Those on the metaphysical path will most enjoy this film, but it offers a peek into what reincarnation would look like for the open-minded or undecided. The unreality of the concept of time is dealt with intelligently, in line with the illusion of time all happening simultaneously, in an instant—especially when characters tap into key events of future selves. Especially when these characters find an anchor of peace there.
The film also handles the theme of bigotry well, not content to simply expose it but also to offer the truth of oneness. The film may be even more relevant to 2017 than when it was released in 2012.
The acting is superb across the board. Visually it’s a feast. It bursts with creative touches, such as one of the languages of the future, the orchestral music, the makeup and the costumes. I’m not a fan of violence, blood and gore, but Cloud Atlas stays within the bounds of that which serves the story and the message. Action sequences satisfy the modern appetite for speed; again, they serve the story well.
I never care for cutting back and forth in time so much that the reader or viewer is left confused about much of what’s going on in the first exposure. While it makes a book or film more “compelling” (addictive), it doesn’t serve the message. As a consumer of books and movies, and as an author, I believe that message is paramount. So, I prefer to serve the message over that which makes a work sell. That’s my only complaint about Cloud Atlas. Otherwise it is superb.
Be good to yourself and watch this wonderful film! Watch it twice! I’m about to do just that.