Cloud Atlas (Review)

cloud_atlas_ver2I do have the mental capability to keep pace with the story of Cloud Atlas. What I did eventually run out of was the motivation.

An intricately woven film featuring six separate (but loosely linked) tales taking place over six different times spanning many centuries, I struggle to name a mini-story that entranced or greatly entertained. I sure appreciated the effort and skill needed to piece together the story, but is the film more than the sum of its parts? Not really.

Jump-cutting back and forth across eras, there are recurring elements (a strange meteor birthmark) and recurring actors in differing garb and makeup – even gender.  Consider for a moment in one scene Hugo Weaving the hitman doggedly pursues a couple down an alley, then cut to Hugo Weaving the female the hospital orderly getting bashed in a pub.

With so many characters, time periods and stories, I needed something to take charge. A fulcrum. Something identifiable to follow and care about. I could find nothing, like a ten piece rock band where everyone is the bass player; it’s competent but drab.

Elsewhere they are moments of great and sudden violence and Tom Hanks drops the C-bomb, but aside from the obvious effort put into crafting such an epic, I can think of nothing to recommend, which I think is why the film tanked so spectacularly in the box office. No-one was willing to invest $20 and three hours into an earnest effort.

Put more simply; My appreciation for the film would no doubt increase with another viewing, but I can’t – and wont – commit 180 more minutes for a lengthy but ultimately middling saga…

Final Rating – 6.5 / 10. Yes a cop-out 6.5. An expensive exercise in makeup and costume. A confusing compendium of competence.

About OGR

While I try to throw a joke or two into proceedings when I can all of the opinions presented in my reviews are genuine. I don't expect that all will agree with my thoughts at all times nor would it be any fun if you did, so don't be shy in telling me where you think I went wrong... and hopefully if you think I got it right for once. Don't be shy, half the fun is in the conversation after the movie.
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