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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hammer59
Jan 04, 2021

Re-visiting Wachowski Bro's works.

This one didn't. Three hours of krap for the price of one and a half.

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10000mefest
Nov 09, 2020

Different. I'd venture to say experimental, at some points challenging--but worth the effort , in my opinion. Definitely a movie to make you think about the concept of "one soul, many lives". A very brave and unique movie.

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TEENREVIEWBOARD
Apr 07, 2020

Cloud Atlas is an interesting and unique adaptation of a book under the same name.
The story line follows 6 different characters and their individual experiences throughout their respective time periods, ranging from 1939 to 2321, and the film cuts between these different characters and their times to show how they are all connected in some way. Every single part of the movie has amazing detail and great special effects makeup when needed. Another thing that is great about the movie is that the main characters reappear throughout the different time periods as someone different, which makes it nice to see the same person playing so many different roles.
This movie is worth a watch if you don't mind an experimental film and want a unique film watching experience. 4/5 stars
@Frost_touch of the Hamilton Public Library's Teen Review Board

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P58Jackson
Oct 17, 2019

Tom Hanks drooling over teeth spat out by cannibles... Then it seems to go downhill.

Certainly didn't get very far in before hitting eject. No idea why Tom Hanks would have done this movie. (Very likely should have gone with half a star or less.)

Actually, this should have had potential, but it went way sideways for no good reason.

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jazzy4u
Aug 17, 2019

Low chemistry debauchery, homosexual porn, disgusting swearing, drunkenness, cruelty...nothing in this movie is made for intelligent, moral human beings. When you get sic of seeing, hearing, speaking, living as low class flesh crawlers then you will refuse to put up with this garbage.

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bell5133
Jul 21, 2019

A movie that is for people who like to think and figure things out. There’s a sex scene in the movie, but since my 9th grade English teacher had our class watch a movie with a sex scene based on a book we read, I think this movie is appropriate for ages 14 and up.

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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RomaY
Apr 07, 2020

Timothy Cavendish : I will not be subjected to criminal abuse.

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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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Jul 21, 2019

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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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