Sometimes, but not often, there are movies that leave a lasting impression on you. Cloud Atlas is a 2012 fantasy movie that has an all-star cast and a twist through time.
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Zachry sits by a fire and begins a tale to his family, but he doesn’t realise how far his part in the story goes. Beginning in 1849 and spanning the years until 2321, it is a story of how we are all connected even if we don’t realise it. Everything is connected in this movie. It begins with an 1849 diary of an ocean voyage across the Pacific; letters from a composer to his lover who creates a musical masterpiece; a thriller about a conspiracy at a nuclear power plant and a man who wants to redeem himself; a farce about a publisher in a nursing home who can’t stay on the straight and narrow; a rebellious clone in futuristic Korea who is sentenced to death; and the tale of a tribe living in post-apocalyptic Hawaii.
Thoughts on the Movie
This is a slightly complicated movie that jumps back and forth between the different storylines and times in history. It is not a short movie and is around three hours long but if it was any shorter and parts were removed, it may not have made sense or had such an impact. Parts of the movie were funny and sweet, other parts had exceptional tragedy and haunting consequences. One of the amazing things about the movie is how something so small can connect the characters through the ages. In the 1849 segment, a button is pulled from a jacket, and it is seen again in 2321 as a “jewel” that is being admired by Zachry. But don’t let the twists and turns put you off, Cloud Atlas is worth sitting through especially when you see how it all ties together.
This is one of those movies that has haunted me a bit. There are parts of the movie that keep popping into my head at random times. The storyline which has the clone has popped into my head more than once. If you watch the movie, you will know why. Cloud Atlas is a brilliant movie that definitely deserves an afternoon to sit and watch it. Rumour has it that this is one of the few movies that Tom Hanks will sit and rewatch again and again.
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