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A risky journey: Cloud Atlas

Posted at 14:00 October 26, 2012 in Arts & Culture

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?

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