Wednesday, January 02, 2013

Cloud Atlas (2012)

[a large and thought proving movie]

Cloud Atlas (2012)
IMDB- 8.0
Rottentomatoes- 64%
RJG Rating- 90

6 different tales which take place in different eras have an impact on each other.

Starring- Tom Hanks,Halle Berry,Jim Broadbent,Hugo Weaving,Jim Sturgess,Doona Bae,Ben Whishaw,James D'Arcy,Huge Grant
Directors-Lana Wachowski,Tom Tykwer,Andy Wachowski

Based on the novel of the same name by David Mitchell ,it was believed that adapting the novel into a movie was impossible.But, like the successful adaptations of unfilmable works like Watchmen ,Life Of Pi ,Cloud atlas was brought to the big screen by the Wachowskis & Tykwer.

The acting of the cast is the major selling point.A-List stars such as Tom Hanks & Halle Berry not only play the lead and supporting actors in the stories ,they also look completely different in each story.The cast has been arranged in such a way that no actor can be said to be the lead actor .One might play the hero in one story ,the supporting actor in another ,the villain in another ,or just a cameo in another.This gives everyone an equal stage to perform and showcase their abilities,and all of them have done excellently.Hugo Weaving plays a villain in almost all 6 ,and hes truly excellent in all of them.Tom ,Halle ,Jim Broadbent ,Doona,Ben Whishaw all shine in their respective stories as well.

The story is the true core of this entire film.Although it is 3hrs long ,it carries 6,totally different stories.The movie requires your strict attention ,and with 6 stories taking place at the same time ,its a bit difficult to truly understand each ones depth.But on the first watch ,all 6 are beautiful tales ,that deal with different topics and range from friendship,love,mystery,comedy,revolution and survival.The movie requires a 2nd viewing to truly appreciate the depth of each story and to understand the link between each one of them.

Direction by the Wachowskis (Matrix Trilogy) & Tom Tykwer (Perfume) is just brilliant.Their devotion to the source material is admirable and the film is a very honest adaptation of the novel.The pacing of the movie is fast and doesnt lag at all during the entire 3hrs.The movie isnt just mixed together but ,thanks to some excellent editing ,the links between each story is highlighted.

The action sequences and the visual effects are just awesome and the cinematography is very beautiful as well.The makeup on the actors is just superb,at times its hard to even recognize some of them!

But on the downside ,Cloud Atlas isnt for everyone.For some, keeping track of the the 6 stories will prove to be too much to handle.If you like movies that are straight forward , Cloud Atlas isnt for you.Plenty of names will be thrown around, and getting confused as to who is who is understandable.So keeping a piece of paper and pencil at hand is recommended.

Overall ,Cloud Atlas is a definitely one of the grandest work of film making.Fans of the Wachowskis wont be disappointed.Although its a must watch ,its not a movie that most can handle.

Acting -4.5/5
Story- 4/5
Direction- 5/5
Action- 5/5
Drama- 4.5/5
Romance- 4/5
Comedy- 4/5
Thriller- 4/5
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