Saturday, October 27, 2012

Cloud Atlas - Movie Review

Cloud Atlas (R) 172 minutes B+ 
Faces of Breadth

Starring Tom Hanks, Halle Berry, Jim Broadbent, Hugo Weaving, Jim Sturgess, Hugh Grant, Doona Bae, Ben Whishaw, James D’Arcy, Susan Sarandon.

Cloud Atlas is probably the biggest surprise I've had at the movies this year.  The trailer looked less than appealing, the running time of nearly three hours was a turn-off, and frankly, some of the get-ups I initially saw Tom Hanks and Halle Berry in looked cheesy and cheap.  But, I should know better than to judge a film by its' cover (I also thought Braveheart and A Beautiful Mind looked less than spectacular at first).

Based on the novel by David Mitchell, Cloud Atlas explores the notion that all of our actions as human beings have interconnected consequences- from the beginning of time until now, and from now until forever.  The film is "deep," for lack of a better term, and I couldn't help but shed a tear at the end.

Lovely, in a weird way. 

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