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Cloud Atlas (DVD)
Based on the best-selling novel, and from the creators of The Matrix Trilogy and the director of Run Lola Run, 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 dramatically 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.]]>
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As most of the lead actors played multiple roles in this movie, some of the makeup effects were less believable than others, and some seemed gratuitous, but the story of "Cloud Atlas" held my interest from start to finish.
Clocking in at just under three hours, this movie shifts between stories and timelines more than any film I've ever seen - the result could have been a mess - they did a great job making the whole experience cohesive and satisfying at the conclusion - there wasn't one boring moment.
Great cast overall, but Tom Hanks stands out as always.
"Cloud Atlas" looks stupendous on Blu ray!
From a literary standpoint, this movie will make the average viewer really WORK to keep up, with appropriate rewards for having done so. It is intelligently constructed and does not look down on the intelligence of someone who watches because it uses many time shifts, role shifts and outcome variations to suggest that not just reincarnation may be in play, but that the universe itself takes liberties (or perhaps is just careless) about what happens to the sentience that attempts to comprehend what's going on.
But, rather than suggest we are just all part of some sort of intricately intertwined series of life opportunities, the viewer suspects that we are existentially separate from the system that plays with us--which is very Greek. We are heroic despite conflict driven and historically driven events.
What might be distracting to some viewers is the appropriation by the writers of difficult to comprehend linguistic variations to reinforce the alien nature of the lives in different locales and in different times.
I personally enjoyed the film and much admire the work of all the actors in the film who played variations upon a theme of the essences of their characters.
Surprise to see the beautiful Haley Berry (sp?) in this expansive role! How wonderful to see Tom Hanks finally playing multidimensional characters.
I think complaints about racism in this film are unfounded; yes, some white actors do play asian characters, but the asian actors also play white and latino characters, the black actors play asian, white, and pacific native characters; if it had ONLY been a case of white actors cast as other races I'd call it a case of whitewashing, but given the diverse cast and how people of all colors played people of other colors... I think it's a bit of a different case.
Problems: In the novel, in the Hawaiian section it's Meronym (halle berry's character) in that section who bears the Comet, not Zachary, and I think changing this for the film was in error as it sort of throws off the gender balance of the Comet bearers. I also felt disappointed by the lack of features on this DVD -- I really wanted to see some behind-the-scenes looks at how the makeup was done and what the actors did to get into their roles, but there really wasn't much in that regard. Disappointing.
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