Flash Movie Review: Cloud Atlas

Some years ago for my birthday I received a gift of a reading from a psychic. Before going into the session I was told to remember the things that did not make sense to me. One thing said, that had no meaning for me, was her seeing me standing in a room surrounded by people dressed in funny outfits, moving to music. This was said several years prior to me attending, let alone teaching, an aerobic class. She also said I should pay particular attention to any person with red hair, for they have something to offer me. To this day I still think of that whenever I am introduced to a red haired person. Part of my reading delved into what she referred to as my past lives. According to her I was a spy in a previous life, so I would have easy access to two opposing forces. I was an educator and a leader along with being skilled in the use of a crossbow. Though I may not have understood everything told to me, I walked away with the idea that a person keeps returning to this world again and again until they complete their challenge correctly. This same notion could be applied to this expansive movie. With multiple stories set in the past, present and future; the actors took on several roles in this visual extravaganza. Leaving you to figure out which star was playing what role, part of the cast had Tom Hanks (Larry Crowne, Charlie Wilson’s War), Halle Berry (X-Men franchise, Monster’s Ball), Jim Broadbent (The Iron Lady, Another Year) and Susan Sarandon (Arbitrage, The Lovely Bones). Adding in the previews, this 3 hour viewing was too much, trying too hard to be a saga for the ages. Some of the stories were more interesting to me; I would have rather seen an entire movie made out of one of them. There was pressure for me to keep up with each story line as the film kept jumping back and forth, seeing no connection between them at first. I felt everyone associated with the making of this film was spread too thin, which made for a meandering stream of babble at times. For me it seemed as if the writers and directors were deliberately obtuse, leaving this pseudo epic film open to multiple interpretations. The message I walked away with was we are all connected, with our actions having a timeless effect throughout the centuries. I got the same message from the psychic in a lot less time without the fear of my bladder exploding.

 

2 2/3 stars

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About moviejoltz

From a long line of movie afficionados, one brother was the #1 renter of movies in the country with Blockbuster, I am following in the same traditions that came before me. To balance out the long hours seated in dark movie theaters, I also teach yoga and cycling. For the past 3 years, I have correctly picked the major Oscar winners... so join me as we explore the wonder of movies and search for that perfect 4 star movie.

Posted on October 28, 2012, in Drama and tagged , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 11 Comments.

  1. Lol @ that last line! I really want to see this but I can totally see how it could be meandering and the such.

  2. “Adding in the previews, this 3 hour viewing was too much, trying too hard to be a saga for the ages. Some of the stories were more interesting to me; I would have rather seen an entire movie made out of one of them. There was pressure for me to keep up with each story line as the film kept jumping back and forth, seeing no connection between them at first. ” ~ moviejoltz
    I only saw the trailer. However, in seeing only that much it occurred to me that the movie was spread a bit thin. It’s not on my bucket list of movies I need to spend bucks to see. I rather go painting, or maybe even watch paint dry? Thanks for the great review!

    psstt… thanks for visiting my blog.

  3. Hi!
    I love your blog already, thank you for visiting mine as it has allowed me to find yours, which I LOVE! This post caught my eye as I recently saw the trailer for Cloud Atlas on youtube, and it looks incredible!!
    Lorna

  4. “I got the same message from the psychic in a lot less time without the fear of my bladder exploding” haha 😀

  5. You experiace is mere intetesting than the movie. More likely to do a past life regression now than to watch the movie. Thinking about my red hair for some reason.

  6. I loved the book when I read it a few years back. The best book I’d read for several years and one of those you recommend to everyone you think worthy. l always knew I would reread it and will certainly do so after I have seen the film. I suggest reading the book and watching the film a few times; like the Matrix trilogy, it requires more than a single viewing to reveal its full depth and intent, so get a DVD version (which also overcomes the bladder problem. 😛 )

  7. I have heard this as being compared to The Fountain, but I could not even put the two in the same category. I found Tom Hanks and Halle Berry to have no chemistry.

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