Cloud Atlas

Cloud Atlas

DVD - 2013
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Follows incidents in the lives of people living in various times and places.
Audience: OFRB rating: 14A.
Publisher: Burbank : Warner Home Video, [2013]
Copyright Date: ℗2013
Branch Call Number: DVD FIC Cloud
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (172 min.) : digital, sound, color ; 12 cm
Language Note: In English dubbed in French and Spanish with French and Spanish subtitles.
Closed captioned for the hearing impaired.

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There is no way I can talk about the plot, and there are so many topics you can notice or miss... It will make you think, compare, analyze and sometimes feel lost and sometimes feel that our life is a huge mystery which we all try to solve.

There is no way I can talk about the plot, and there are so many topics you can notice or miss... It will make you think, compare, analyze and sometimes feel lost and sometimes feel that our life is a huge mystery which we all try to solve.


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JCLIanH May 02, 2019

You have to give the Wachowski's & Tom Twyker an A for effort in this incredibly ambitious adaptation of an expansive novel that, in all honesty, is one of those works that shouldn't be adapted unless you're going to give it the full 12-part HBO miniseries treatment. It's a bit of a mess, but the group did an admirable job restructuring the story and making it relatively coherent which is no mean feat. Power to them for committing to the using-the-same-actors-in-every-segment gimmick, which is mostly effective, but dressing up white guys as Koreans is pretty deeply problematic and very distracting during those segments.

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enavazio
Mar 24, 2019

Interlaced stories of the affects of legacy and history upon the present-future. Beautifully acted with each major actor playing multiple roles through each interlaced saga. It must be watched two or three times to catch the full impact and beauty of this wonderful film. Realize, the first viewing may leave you a confused or awestruck. It is that second helping that focuses the stories. The film goes beyond the book . . . the Mitchell book is more orderly and a most excellent read.

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4536o
May 13, 2018

Some films require an investment of time and, especially, in close attention. Cloud Atlas is an extreme example. My wife and I have watched it three times and are beginning to master whatever was intended. The directors/writers decided to go big with this mammoth enterprise, and unavoidably did not fully pull it off. But everyone involved should be awarded extra style points for bravery.

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courtws
Oct 22, 2017

The best part of this movie was the widely varied worlds created - 6 different time periods, both past and future, and the dialogue, costumes, and locations for each. The futuristic post-apocalpytic island dialect was hardest to follow, and the Neo Seoul darkness with android servers was perhaps most intriguing. At times keeping track of six different story lines was a bit challenging but overall great acting and an intriguing concept for a movie.

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firefly5
Sep 13, 2017

Too bizarre for my taste.

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BookGoddess8
Mar 21, 2017

this copy is defective. Too bad as I really wanted to watch it!

TSCPL_ChrisB Jun 03, 2016

I read David Mitchell's novel Cloud Atlas years ago and greatly enjoyed it. At the time, I remember thinking that although the book had some great action and really remarkable stories, it was completely unfilmable.

Oops.

Not that I was completely wrong. Though the crew and cast did their best, this film doesn't quite live up to Mitchell's Cloud Atlas. Some of the stories have changed and I don't see how these changes improve the film. The use of the same actors for multiple roles was interesting, but it was equally distracting at times.

That being said, I thought the choice of cutting up the stories and weaving them together was a better choice for the screen. The movie was visually appealing. And the actors showed great skill in assuming their many roles.

I must say that I enjoyed the stories that most closely paralleled their originals. Those were "The Pacific Journal of Adam Ewing," "The Ghastly Ordeal of Timothy Cavendish," and "Sloosha's Crossin' an' Ev'rythin' After," despite the obvious problem of Zachry's age. Now, this is ironic considering that in the novel, these three were some of my least favorite stories. I just liked that they weren't tampered with unnecessarily. And that, my friends, is the pitfall of comparing book with film.

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breemu
Apr 26, 2016

What a fun movie, zipping back and forth between multiple stories, several eras, vastly varied settings, and a whole host of characters from the few same actors - it's an ADHD dream come true. Yah, it's a little hard to keep up sometimes, but there's no real need to "get" all the connections - just sit back, let it flow, enjoy.

(Quote...by each crime, and every kindness, we birth our future...)

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Alaster1
Feb 02, 2016

Cloud Atlas is an epic movie told through 6 different characters over 6 eras from the past, present & future. Most of the actors reappear in multiple stories though it's often hard to discern them because of the amazing make-up artistry. Cloud Atlas makes a strong statement about how we are all interconnected souls who can change destiny for better or worse.

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rswcove
Dec 05, 2015

I love Cloud Atlas for it's ambition. I love Cloud Atlas for the tour de force acting that the movie squeezes out of nearly all the actors (most notably Hugo Weaver, Jim Broadbent and Tom Hanks). I love Cloud Atlas for its hope in the midst of VERY VERY dark stories and the dark heart of human nature.

This is a jarring, disturbing, unsettling, hard to manage film. This film is unquestionably a masterpiece. It's scope and vision are without question. Cloud Atlas is a flawed movie, but it is flawed because it seeks to be greater than film.

Watch it. you may not like it, but you will be affected by it.

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jimg2000
Oct 06, 2013

Isaac Sachs: Belief, like fear or love, is a force to be understood as we understand the Theory of Relativity and Principles of Uncertainty: phenomenon that determine the course of our lives. Yesterday, my life was headed in one direction. Today, it is headed in another. Yesterday I believed that I would never have done what I did today. These forces that often remake time and space, that can shape and alter who we imagine ourselves to be, begin long before we are born and continue after we perish. Our lives and our choices, like quantum trajectories, are understood moment to moment. At each point of intersection, each encounter suggests a new potential direction.

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jimg2000
Oct 06, 2013

Haskell Moore: There is a natural order to this world, and those who try to upend it do not fare well. This movement will never survive; if you join them, you and your entire family will be shunned. At best, you will exist a pariah to be spat at and beaten-at worst, to be lynched or crucified. And for what? For what? No matter what you do it will never amount to anything more than a single drop in a limitless ocean.

Adam Ewing: What is an ocean but a multitude of drops?

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Monolith
Sep 19, 2013

Sonmi 451: "Our lives... are not our own... From womb to tomb, we are bound to others... past, and present. And by each crime... and every kindness... we birth our future."

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Monolith
Sep 18, 2013

Timothy Cavendish (to the residents of "Aurora House" staring at him through a bay window as he attempts escape): "Soylent Green is people! Soylet Green is made of people!!!"

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Monolith
Sep 18, 2013

Timothy Cavendish (voiceover; reminiscing about falling naked out of an open window into a bush, after getting clawed by a cat he was covering his privates with after getting caught making love with his girlfriend by her parents): "...Two sprained ankles, one cracked rib. Official cause of accident listed on the hospital form...: "Pussy"."

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Sep 28, 2015

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Ron@Ottawa
Jul 23, 2013

Sexual Content: Some brief nudity and sexual situation here and there.

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