Cloud Atlas 2012

Cloud Atlas

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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.

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Actors (Tom Hanks, Halle Berry, Jim Broadbent) take on multiple roles in an epic that spans five centuries. An attorney harbors a fleeing slave on a voyage from the Pacific Islands in 1849; a poor composer in pre-World War II Britain struggles to finish his magnum opus before a past act catches up with him; a genetically engineered worker in 2144 feels the forbidden stirring of human consciousness -- and so on. As souls are born and reborn, they renew their bonds to one another throughout time.

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Halle Berry
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Hugo Weaving
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Jim Sturgess
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Lana Wachowski
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Critic Reviews for Cloud Atlas

All Critics (282) | Top Critics (57) | Fresh (188) | Rotten (94)

  • [An] earnest but misbegotten adaptation, which reduces a moving tour de force to a dull and homiletic house of frenetically shuffled cards.

    February 6, 2018 | Full Review…

    David Ansen

    Newsweek
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  • 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.

    June 14, 2013 | Full Review…
  • Fantasy-fiction audiences might enjoy seeing Cloud Atlas repeatedly, I suspect, picking up more clues each time.

    February 22, 2013 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • Unfortunately, these bold ambitions come to naught. They confuse the cosmos with the costume department and wind up lost in a world of wigs and bonnets.

    February 21, 2013 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

    Xan Brooks

    Guardian
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  • Three hours to solve the problems of providence, history, human existence and the conundrums of space/time is pretty good going.

    February 21, 2013 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • Tykwer and the Wachowskis have laboured long and hard to turn Mitchell's very literary material into something cinematic.

    February 21, 2013 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Cloud Atlas

  • Feb 18, 2016
    Endless uncomprehendible twaddle.
    jay n Super Reviewer
  • Feb 06, 2016
    I wasn't a big fan of this film. The Wachowskis definitely worked hard but I sadly wasn't very fond of this film. Lot of things don't make sense and a very unusual film. Though it does have some cool sequences, nice visuals and some good performances but overall I felt this movie was a mess.
    Mr N Super Reviewer
  • May 22, 2015
    6 people are connected in stories set from the 19th century to post apocalyptic future. While Cloud Atlas was not boring at all, its pretentious themes annoyed me greatly. Each story felt incomplete by the narration. However I did enjoy the ensemble of each actor appeared in different roles in the different tales. Tom Hanks was simply amazing. Ambitious yet the visual effects failed to catch my attention. Cloud Atlas deserves one viewing and can be completely discarded after.
    Sylvester K Super Reviewer
  • Jan 17, 2015
    On reconnait bien l'univers des Wachowski. Beaucoup d'histoires à suivre en même temps. Je vais devoir revoir ce film pour bien l'apprà (C)cier. Cependant c'est un gros 3h ....
    Marc-André B Super Reviewer

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