Movie Review: Cloud Atlas

If you enjoy “intricate” in any form – books, movies, or furniture – then this is a movie for you!

This film does not fit easily into any category. It is complex and at times I found it just plain confusing.  But I was totally engrossed over the two-and-a-half hours of running time as flashbacks and flash-forwards (I think there was even a flash-sideways) are used with multiple characters and numerous time periods to follow five adventures that are intertwined.

It takes a good deal of concentration and focus to discover that each actor (lead by Tom Hanks and Susan Sarandon) play several roles. Thanks to the enormous skill of the makeup artists, you will likely need the ending credits to find out who was playing who in this enormous cast.

But what does it mean?  What is the end point?  I’m sure you will come up with a few interpretations of your own. This is a film that will make for lively discussion if you see it with imaginative friends.

Definitely give this one a chance before it’s pulled from wide release.

 

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