“Cloud Atlas” is one of those movies that, as soon as you see the preview, you must see it to answer all the questions about what in the world is going on. Watching the film certainly didn’t answer all questions, but it was an enjoyable ride.
“Cloud Atlas” contains a wide array of visual thrills and interesting characters, all played by the same core cast spanning the various roles highlighted by the film’s immense timeline. There are some great actors and actresses in this film, and it’s entertaining to see Tom Hanks and Halle Berry among the famous faces fitted time and again into the expanse of diverse cultures of the film.
From a philosophical standpoint, this movie does wonders for the deep thinkers and viewers. Its stunning visuals, particularly from some of the futuristic settings, are beautiful.
The movie does a great job of presenting realistic societal structures based on the varying time periods and the injustices alive in those structures. Viewers will connect with the good vs. evil motifs that span the centuries.
From a film standpoint, “Cloud Atlas” is on the long side, and it can take a little getting used to because it jumps time periods and characters at random. Viewers might scratch their heads as they are suddenly introduced into characters’ lives and then thrust into another character’s life, played by the same actors. “Cloud Atlas” doesn’t always wait for viewers to get the “point” of the scenes.
Overall, “Cloud Atlas” is beautiful, bizarre and a philosophical delight.