Cloud Atlas Review
I feel bad that I didn’t make more of an effort to try and see Cloud Atlas in the cinema. After all, aren’t I the one always complaining how movies nowadays are either superhero blockbusters, or remakes and sequels? But as it is, I ended up catching Cloud Atlas on blu-ray, and I am very glad I made the effort.
A three-hour film based on a novel set in six different timelines, spanning 500 years is one ambitious story to tell and I honestly wasn’t sure what to expect from it. The sheer brainpower of watching actors play six different roles, sometimes in heavy, barely recognisable make up, and trying to follow along each story would surely be too much right? What I was afraid would be too artsy or too difficult to follow was actually intriguing. It hooked me as I tried to figure out who all these people were and how they were connected. There are very few films nowadays that force you to use your brain and for that I am grateful.
I did mention being afraid this movie was too artsy, but thankfully, given that it was directed by the Matrix‘s Wachowski siblings and Run Lola Run‘s Tom Tykwer, it was not boring and certainly not artsy. Sure certain timelines were more interesting than others. Frankly, the whole story in post apocalyptic Hawaii was kinda “meh” to me. However, it was balanced out by some ridiculously hilarious farce in 2012 and some nice Matrix-like scenes in Neo-Seoul.
Is Cloud Atlas a perfect film? No. But it was interesting enough to keep me watching, and while I don’t know that Cloud Atlas‘ whole is greater than the sum of its parts, the parts are intriguing, at times breath taking, and it left me thinking about the film days later.