Jeffrey's Review of Cloud Atlas
Enormously ambitious, and executed with a keen visual sense, Cloud Atlas is one of the most unique films of the year. It's an anthology film, of sorts, which intertwines a number of stories throughout time, connecting them with themes of redemption, soul groups, patterns, and the profound impact even the most innocuous actions can have. The acting is strong all around, especially from Xun Zhou, in a performance with anchors the film throughout. The visuals are inventive, with an intelligent world building aspect that has an imaginative sense of the future. The script is also surprisingly strong and intelligent, being able to weave the far-reaching narrative, and takes things in to account such as language development, and an overall impressive attention to detail.
Each of the storylines are composed well, but each are not created equal. Some are connected to the overall through line more than others, making the filmâ(TM)s 2.45 hour running time seem a bit inflated. They also donâ(TM)t all have the same tone, with one particular storyline being overly comedic, which I thought distracted from the more effective dramatic elements of the film as a whole.
Overall, Cloud Atlas offers a unique and though provoking experience, making it one of the best science fiction films of the year.