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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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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.
For the types who expect a movie to be short and to the point and who aren't curious or interested in the topic of reincarnation, do not bother even watching it for free. The main topic has to do with incarnation and human nature; it is touching, magical, sublime and inspiring. Love this movie! Had to buy it to share with other weirdos like my wife and I.
From IMDb: "An exploration of how the actions of individual lives impact one another in the past, present, and future, as one soul is shaped from a killer into a hero, and an act of kindness ripples across centuries to inspire a revolution." No confusion here.
Even Amazon spelled it out for all to read. "Characters meet and reunite in different eras." Yep. Still not confused.
This is a great film worthy of repeat views!