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All I'm gonna say is that this movie gives new meaning to "running with scissors" ...
When I first heard that a film version of Cloud Atlas was in the works, I couldn't imagine how anyone could pull it off. I'm still not sure that this film does that, but it certainly gives it a damn good try. It's difficult to judge the film on its own merits without bringing my experiences with the novel into the mix, but while I can't honestly say that it truly does the book justice, it does give a sense of David Mitchell's rather majestic vision of the universe and how it quietly operates on its own agenda. Visually impressive for sure, and the notion of each actor playing several roles is an interesting idea, although it works better in some cases than in others. I'm still not sure that Cloud Atlas is a filmable book, but I admire the effort.
Rather sweet, often quite touching. Seems a bit unfocused at times and struggles now and then to string the plot elements together, but it's quite remarkable that after a while you don't really notice that John Hawkes' character spends pretty much the entire movie lying immobile on his back - his presence on screen is that compelling. Once in a while the poignancy drifts over into sentimentalism, but the film offers enough blunt edges to balance things out.
Not quite enough depth or character development overall to be great, but entertaining enough as what it is: a violent and unwhitewashed look at the mess of Prohibition and the people who became drawn into its corruption. Tom Hardy and Guy Pearce particularly memorable in their roles.
Quite funny, sometimes surprisingly clever, and with just enough darkness to surprise. A nice quirky approach to the "it's okay to be different" theme, this time more than just a little chastizing to those trying to maintain the status quo. Visually impressive and fast-paced; I personally could have used a touch more of that insubordinate edge, but it's fun.