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Cloud Atlas (2012)



Critic Consensus: Its sprawling, ambitious blend of thought-provoking narrative and eye-catching visuals will prove too unwieldy for some, but the sheer size and scope of Cloud Atlas are all but impossible to ignore.

Movie Info

Cloud Atlas explores how the actions and consequences of individual lives impact one another throughout the past, the present and the future. Action, mystery and romance weave dramatically through the story as one soul is shaped from a killer into a hero and a single act of kindness ripples across centuries to inspire a revolution in the distant future. Each member of the ensemble appears in multiple roles as the stories move through time. -- (C) Warner Bros.more
Rating: R (for violence, language, sexuality/nudity and some drug use)
Genre: Drama, Science Fiction & Fantasy
Directed By: , , ,
Written By: Andy Wachowski, Tom Tykwer, Lana Wachowski
In Theaters:
On DVD: May 14, 2013
Box Office: $27.1M
Warner Bros. Pictures - Official Site


Tom Hanks
as Dr. Henry Goose/Hote...
Halle Berry
as Native Woman/Jocasta...
Jim Broadbent
as Captain Molyneux/Vyv...
Hugo Weaving
as Haskell Moore/Tadeus...
Jim Sturgess
as Adam Ewing/Poor Hote...
Bae Doo Na
as Tilda/Megan's Mom/Me...
Ben Whishaw
as Cabin Boy/Robert Fro...
James D'Arcy
as Young Rufus Sixsmith...
Xun Zhou
as Talbot/Hotel Manager...
Keith David
as Kupaka/Joe Napier/An...
David Gyasi
as Autua/Lester Rey/Duo...
Susan Sarandon
as Madame Horrox/Older ...
Hugh Grant
as Hotel Heavy/Lloyd Ho...
Robert Fyfe
as Old Salty Dog/Mr. Me...
Alex Wuttke
as Mr. Boerhaave/Guard/...
Robin Morrissey
as Young Cavendish
Brody Nicholas Lee
as Javier Gomez/Jonas/Z...
Amanda Walker
as Veronica
Andrew Havill
as Mr. Hotchkiss
Tanja De Wendt
as Mrs. Hotchkiss
Raeven Lee Hanan
as Little Girl With Ori...
Götz Otto
as Groundsman Withers
Nial Fulton
as Haskell Moore's Dinn...
Louis Dempsey
as Haskell Moore's Dinn...
Martin Docherty
as Haskell Moore's Dinn...
Alistair Petrie
as Haskell Moore's Dinn...
Zhu Zhu
as Megan Sixsmith/12th ...
Sylvestra Le Touzel
as Haskell Moore's Dinn...
Shaun Lawton
as Secretary
Dulcie Smart
as Herbalist/Ursula's M...
Gary McCormack
as Crane Operator
David Mitchell
as Union Spy
Marco Albrecht
as Scan Enforcer
Cody Lee
as Zachry Relative
Heike Hanold-Lynch
as Nurse Judd Look-a-Li...
Jojo Schoning
as Papa Song Punk
Laura Vietzen
as Young Ursula
Marie Ronnenbeck
as Ursula's Daughter
Ruby Kastner
as Young Girl
Emma Werz
as Ursula's Granddaught...
Korbyn Hanan
as Adam Grandson
Anna Holmes
as Scientist/Executive
Gigi Lee
as Zachry Relative
Genevien Lee
as Zachry Relative
Victor Esteban Sole
as Mr. Roderick
Kristoffer Fuss
as Lead Enforcer
Thomas Kügel
as Ursula's Father
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Critic Reviews for Cloud Atlas

All Critics (253) | Top Critics (51)

Whatever your age, even if life is an ocean made up of many drops, you may resolve that life is too short for this errant nonsense.

Full Review… | June 14, 2013
The New Republic
Top Critic

Even at its most risible, this oddball picture has a groovy, inclusive spirit that feels downright revolutionary in our sterile, blockbuster age.

Full Review… | May 3, 2015
Philadelphia Weekly

When the narratives are formally compared as an expression of karma and reincarnation, the juxtaposition is vacuous.

Full Review… | August 6, 2014
Impulse Gamer

This is a film that will be enjoyed most by people who haven't seen many other films.

Full Review… | September 26, 2013
Eye for Film

Personally, I felt ennobled by the inspiring ideas, and captivated by the impressive performances both in front of and behind the camera.

Full Review… | July 21, 2013

A movie that transcends all structure for a meaning much deeper than can ever be written in clarity.

Full Review… | July 10, 2013

Audience Reviews for Cloud Atlas


A misunderstood masterpiece.

Joseph Brightly
Joseph Brightly

Super Reviewer

Everything Is Connected.

Good Movie! It is a movie that is a product of our age of internet-driven universal knowledge and vision, and the freedom we have to travel the world and jump between ages, genres, images and identities at our will. It reminds us that we are human and that we can still hear our heart beat, if we listen.

Everything is connected: an 1849 diary of an ocean voyage across the Pacific; letters from a composer to his lover; a thriller about a murder at a nuclear power plant; a farce about a publisher in a nursing home; a rebellious clone in futuristic Korea; and the tale of a tribe living in post-apocalyptic Hawaii, far in the future.

Manu Gino

Super Reviewer


The Wachowski brothers' sprawling epic tells the tales of a disparate collection of characters spread over centuries, from a murder plot on a 19th century slaving ship through to a post-apocalyptic far future. The many stories are told in parallel but share common themes and the leading actors play many different parts of different races and even gender thanks to some clever make up effects. The film weighs in at just under three hours and is very wordy, but maintains the attention as it is constantly flitting between the plots which may sound confusing, but they are so different in style and content it is actually quite easy to follow. It's not without its flaws; I found the future-speak and drawling accents of the Valley sequences incomprehensible and none of the stories have quite enough meat on them to become truly involving, especially considering the fact that we rarely stay with them for any real length of time. But Cloud Atlas is nothing if not ambitious and its originality and vision is to be commended in this era of production line, factory-farmed 12 certificate blockbusters.

xGary Xx

Super Reviewer

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