Cloud Atlas, one of the most anticipated films of this year, hits theatres today. The cast of the film looks like this:
Tom Hanks as Dr. Henry Goose / Isaac Sachs / Dermot Hoggins / Zachry Bailey
Halle Berry as N’Fera / Jocasta Ayrs / Luisa Rey / Ovid / Meronym
Jim Broadbent as Vyvyan Ayrs / Timothy Cavendish / Prescient
Hugo Weaving as Haskell Moore / Tadeusz Kesselring / Bill Smoke / Nurse Noakes / Mephi / Old Georgie
Jim Sturgess as Adam Ewing / Lloyd Hooks / Hae-Joo Chang / Adam Bailey
Susan Sarandon as Madame Horrox / Ursula / Abbess
Hugh Grant as Reverend Horrox / Alberto Grimaldi / Seer Rhee / Cannibal
Does anything strike you as odd? Yeah, all actors have multiple parts to play. Now, this could get a little confusing. An adaptation of David Mitchell’s best-seller of the same name, (dubbed “unfilmable” by many), the film is a centuries-spanning epic of human kind analysing how our lives and actions are intricately interwoven paths continuously affecting one another. Which means this: Cloud Atlas is one of those films that you’ll either absolutely just love love love, or it will make you want to put a bullet through your head instead of sitting through 172 minutes of undecipherableness. After all, it took 3 directors to handle the content of the book; the Wachowski siblings (The Matrix) and Tom Tykwer (Run Lola Run).
I’d like to leave you with the words of film critic Nick Spake, who’s commented that ‘Somewhat reminiscent of a cross between Terrence Malick’s “The Tree of Life” and Christopher Nolan’s “Inception,” “Cloud Atlas” is a risky, passionate journey that’s deserving of in-depth study.’
Maybe a filmic challenge every once in a while isn’t so bad, no?