Cloud Atlas
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Verdict: See It!     
Liz's Review
The Wachowskis team up with Tom Tykwer for a cohesive, entertaining, well made picture. The major fault of the film is that the film is so well constructed that we lead to an overhyped climax, that is hard to understand because of the dialect of the future world in which our revelation comes. Secondary to that, the film is populated with a mix of movie stars and character actors, leading to inconsistent performances. For the most part the six stories on which this film focuses are entertaining, suspenseful, simple enough to follow, with sympathetic characters. The six segments are all connected with similar themes and the characters are played by repeating actors further emphasizing the idea that we are all connected. I found the film to hold my attention for a long running time.


Salim's Review
Cloud Atlas is a unique film experience, exploring the idea of past lives which though it may require intense concentration, rewards the viewer with an experience that is anything but boring. It looks fantastic, and the acting is nothing short of ground breaking with a slew of actors playing up to six different roles, often changing genders and race. For all that Cloud Atlas tries to accomplish, it succeeds in delivering a wholly unconventional movie experience.


Sean's Review
Based on the 2004 novel by David Mitchell, the Wachowskis and Tom Twyker have joined forces for an epic narrative that interweaves six separate tales utilizing a cast playing multiple roles, and ultimately ends up meaning very little. There is an ambitious attempt to state we are witnessing the same soul reincarnated in several different time periods, but little is done to show why or how things are connected, what it's all supposed to mean, or why we should even care. The protagonists of each story have the same birth mark (or scar, as it seems to vary) and each have references to the past story, but even over the 164 minute running time there is little clarity as to what the stories have to do with each other, or what the point of it all is. It's a testament to the actors at least, especially Tom Hanks and Jim Broadbent, that they are able to play these multiple roles in interesting and fun ways, although sometimes it becomes distracting due to heavy makeup and dramatic shifts in tone. The Wachowskis, of course from The Matrix fame, and Run Lola Run director Tom Twyker know how to craft a movie. Considered the most expensive independent movie of all time given its $100 million budget, the money is there on the screen, with top notch visual effects and production design that give a grandeur and awe to the picture, but it winds up being superficial, with little meaning seeping through the spectacle of it all. If nothing else, it is admirable that the filmmakers have tried to put an ambitious, unique film on the screen, but the results are more of a curiosity than an achievement.