They key to successfully absorbing the movie may be in not trying to overthink what's on screen.
That's the whole point. "They" don't want us to over think anything, Go with the flow and follow. Murder, sins of man, dispicable deeds against the human flesh & greed sadly exist throughout time. But the truth is always there and every time a seed of truth & hope & faith are planted man will strive to survive & bond.
Oct 28 - 03:43 PM
Aye, Cloud Atlas is ONE of the best movies ever made.
Oct 28 - 08:17 PM
Nov 3 - 10:24 PM
Yeah... If you overthink it you realize there are massive holes in the plot. The more you think about it, the more you realize it makes zero sense. Reincarnation movies could work... This one just didn't.
Oct 28 - 09:59 PM
Most movies have plot holes, get over it.
Oct 29 - 08:12 AM
But...but its one of the best movies ever made.
Oct 29 - 02:07 PM
Hell yeah it is, these critics are getting too old for their own good. This guy James gets it.
Oct 30 - 09:36 AM
There were no plot holes.
Oct 29 - 07:10 PM
If people are to blame this film for plot holes right after seeing it, they should shut up before reading the book first or after their viewing.
Oct 30 - 09:37 AM
Oct 30 - 07:33 AM
I totally disagree, Matt. This movie was brilliant on every level! To have (spoiler alert coming....) Tom Hanks' 106th Winter after the fall finally become a good soul...that got me!
Nov 3 - 10:28 PM
Oct 29 - 01:13 PM
Finally, a critic who gets it!!!
Oct 29 - 07:08 PM
Right on! Enjoy the ride.
Oct 29 - 09:08 PM
Jacques La Grange
If we wanted a movie not to inspire next level thinking. I would have stayed home and watch old Van Damme movies. The Wachowskis did prove that they could put out something that really makes you think, (the Matrix)! They have moved on to being one wonders and severely disappointed with the Cloud Atlas.
Oct 31 - 07:20 AM
Nov 2 - 07:39 AM
Nathan Saint Ours
Cloud Atlas is ten times more philosophical than The Matrix. The idea of eternal recurrence, eros, oneness of all beings, and enlightenment have been talked about for over 2500 years by the most intelligent people of all time, and this movie gives us a taste of it all.
Nov 2 - 08:09 PM
Couldn't agree with that comment more! Simply watch...and the film flows and unfolds through to the end.
Nov 1 - 09:13 PM
This movie is absolutely profound and touches on key elements that have been fueling philosophy for over 2500 years. The idea of reincarnation forces us to ask the greatest questions in life. If we were to live forever, where do we find meaning? What is the point of life if we are to die and suffer endlessly? The meaning is in the love, connectedness, and the beauty of the often overlooked struggles that define us and the people we struggle with. Death is not something to be feared, but is simply an inevitable transition that ends the current life we live. Regardless of whether you believe in reincarnation, the meanings in the movie do not change. Live in the moment, and love those around you.
Nov 2 - 08:15 PM
Nov 3 - 10:29 PM
"Live in the moment and love those around you" is a great philosophy. Anything more is just wishful thinking and a vain attempt to deal with our inevitable mortality. Heaven,Hell,Valhalla,Summerland,Reincarnation are all human constructs and distractions.That's not to say that the film isn't entertaining.I like a nice distraction as much as anyone. Live in the moment and love those around you takes on a more profound meaning when you dont get a do over.
Nov 4 - 06:55 AM
It was brilliant on every level!
Nov 3 - 10:25 PM
I thought the movie was just ok. The previews portrayed something different. If the 6 plots connected, I missed something. Poo, the movie gave my mind nothing to play with. I'm always looking for new ideas, things to ponder. I've studied Buddhism, World Religions, the SECRET, Anthropology, Archaeology, Philosophy, and much more! And this movie falls short. Maybe the book is better. Shoot, "Inception" was way better with it's intricate thinking plots!
Nov 4 - 01:52 PM
Chris X Moloney
Totally disagree. This was a terrible film. Our group of four + about 20 other people, walked out on this film after two painful hours. Impossible to follow plots, grossly absurd over-acting, and terrible accents made this a mess of a film. Arrogant, absurd and painful.
Nov 4 - 05:01 PM
I can understand that you didn't enjoy the movie. Not everyone has. But to say that the acting was "absurd" and overly done is just ludicrous. The acting was impeccable, and delivered with 110% by all of the actors. The accents in "The Fall" era threw me off at first, but I realized that it was a mixture of accents across time. They didn't have a specific accent, and instead borrowed from their various ancestors. That is why it was difficult to understand. Honestly though...Tom Hanks proved once again to be one of the most dominant actors of all time. Everyone else was near flawless as well.
Nov 5 - 02:34 PM
Aye, Inception is more for you then. Other than that, Inception and Cloud Atlas are equally good IMO. Both are fantastical, moving, different, and are ambitious on a legitimate level of cinema.
Nov 6 - 01:15 PM
That's what Christopher Nolan would have said if he were a critic. I'm wondering, did he see this and have an opinion on it?
Nov 6 - 01:11 PM
That's a good point. Observing too closely you can see how no point the Wachowski's were trying to make landed.
Nov 6 - 01:25 PM