“CLOUD ATLAS” Movie Review. LONG-WINDED AND CONFUSINGLY CONNECTED AT TIMES.
“CLOUD ATLAS” PRESS PREVIEW
There’s a lot to go for in this sci-fic film, given the formidable presence of TOM HANKS, HALLE BERRY, JIM BROADBENT, SUSAN SARANDON, HUGH GRANT and some others.
The advertising headline may have glamorized that “EVERYTHING IS CONNECTED”, but here’s a grim reminder: be warned that not everything is in place, much less, connected.
Granted, this feature ensures you a float of a 5 century-old realm of surrealism.
You have got three renowned directors (TOM TYKWER, ANDY and LANA WACHOWSKI) for the price of one movie ticket, six plots that run for 3 hours, enabling a seemingly long-winded epic.
Starting from the 19th Century, a lawyer (Sturgess) falls gravely ill on a slave ship crossing the Pacific Ocean.
In the 1930s, a young composer (Whishaw) reluctantly works with an ageing musician (Broadbent).
In 1973, an American journalist (Berry) stumbles across a deadly secret involving a nuclear power plant.
In 2012, a British publisher (Broadbent) is held in a nursing home against his will.
In the near future, a genetically-engineered clone (Bae) is interviewed before her execution.
And in the distant future, a primitive tribesman (Hanks) befriends a woman (Berry) from an advanced culture.
“CLOUD ATLAS” unravels that decisions made in this life can affect our next life as this film propels us through the time vacuum of the past, present and future to prove the case.
Action, mystery and romance are weaved dramatically into the story as one soul is shaped from a killer, then into a hero and one single act of kindness can ripple across the decades to inspire a revolution in the distant future.
Every actor is handed the task to perform diverse roles as the stories move through time.
Not easy, but the principal players from the ensemble cast pitch in admirable performances, whilst the cinematography in turn, captures detail and depth.
“CLOUD ATLAS” may cram in a lot, but it is a twisty thriller that will ensure you with a wild ride.
Asian audiences are getting a little ambivalent.
This feature film has a stamp of artistic indulgence in incongruous juxtapositions, taking us into a fascinating world of dreams where the rules of reality do not apply.
It is long-winded and confusingly connected at times, but assuredly there are extraordinary moments of poignancy that will jolt your senses.
Watch it with an open mind and see where your dream might lead you to.