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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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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.
I liked it enough to buy and plan to revisit it soon armed with knowledge at the start so that I may key in on other aspects I may have overlooked the first time. Great acting, directing, camera work, locations, special effects, and music. I recommend this movie for the story and the beautiful way it is presented. Although I found the jumping from one time to another confusing at first, it did not keep me any less glued to my seat. It is not for the whole family. Children should not be allowed because of scenes of violence and sex. Because of the cost of renting I suggest you go ahead and buy the HD online copy or get it on Blu-ray disc. Chances are you will like it and want to see it multiple times.
Recommendations: Blade Runner (30th Anniversary Collector's Edition) [Blu-ray], Doctor Zhivago Anniversary Edition (Blu-ray Book Packaging), and How the West Was Won (Blu-ray Book Packaging).
It's also the kind of movie filled with thrills, character turns, heart ache and heart break and the promise of greater good. The caper aspects of the film are my favorite. I'll need to see it again (and again!) to completely understand it, but I love this movie.
If you enjoyed The Matrix, see this movie. If you enjoyed "Inception", see this movie.