Cloud Atlas

Genre:  Drama, Sci-Fi/Fantasy
Running Time:  172 min.
Release Date: October 26, 2012
DVD: May 14, 2013

Current rating: Rating: 3.59
based on 198 votes and 77 reviews
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Cast: Tom Hanks, Halle Berry, Jim Broadbent, Hugo Weaving, Jim Sturgess, Doona Bae, Ben Whishaw, James D'Arcy, Xun Zhou, Keith David, David Gyasi, Susan Sarandon, Hugh Grant


Cloud Atlas begins by introducing us to its many protagonists whose stories take place decades and even centuries apart. We meet naïve 18th century lawyer Adam Ewing (Jim Sturgess); a handsome young composer named Robert Frobisher (Ben Whishaw) living in the 1930s, hippie journalist Luisa Rey (Halle Berry) reporting in the 1970s, publisher Timothy Cavendish (Jim Broadbent) living in the present day, Korean clone worker Somni-451 in the distant future and finally a tribesman named Zachary (Tom Hanks) in post-apocalyptic Hawaii.

The lives of these seemingly unrelated characters are inexplicably linked through fate, chance and emotion. As each character faces dilemmas—whether issues of life or death or establishing liberation from a life of slavery or servitude—Cloud Atlas arches on the belief that our actions and destinies may not always be our own and the sometimes unexplainable feelings of reincarnation and déjà vu that humans experience have actual meaning.

Director: Lilly Wachowski, Tom Tykwer, Lana Wachowski
Studio: Warner Bros. Pictures
Producer(s): Tom Tykwer, Grant Hill, Andy Wachowski, Stefan Arndt, Lana Wachowski
Screenplay: Tom Tykwer, Andy Wachowski, Lana Wachowski
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  • 5 stars "Very interesting and unique movie. It´s in fact multi genre because each story is not only in different period of time, but in different genre too. The "reincarnations" of actors were great too, I couldn´t recognize them in some of their roles."
  • 1 star "thank god i saw this on rogers on demand, though by the trailer it was going to be one of the best movies of the year it just wind up being the best cup coaster of all time, watching minute by minute i felt less interested in it, and left me feeling empty inside and that to bad"
  • 5 stars "Excellent drama !"