- Actors: Tom Hanks, Halle Berry, Jim Broadbent, Hugo Weaving, Jim Sturgess
- Directors: Tom Tykwer
- Format: NTSC, Widescreen, Subtitled
- Language: French
- Region: Region A/1
- Aspect Ratio: 2.40:1
- Number of discs: 2
- Canadian Home Video Rating : Ages 14 and over
- Studio: Warner Bros. Home Video
- Release Date: May 14 2013
- Run Time: 172 minutes
- Average Customer Review: 102 customer reviews
- ASIN: B00A7BHNGG
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #3,395 in Movies & TV Shows (See Top 100 in Movies & TV Shows)
Cloud Atlas (Bilingual) [Blu-ray] (Version française)
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Future. Present. Past. Everything is connected. From the creators of the Matrix trilogy and the director of Run Lola Run. An exploration of how the actions of individual lives impact one another in the past, present and future, as one soul is shaped from a killer into a hero, and an act of kindness ripples across centuries to inspire a revolution. The story is a time-shifting weave of six interlinking narratives, with diverse settings from the savagery of a Pacific Island in the 1850s to a dystopian Korea of the near future. Based on the best-selling novel "Cloud Atlas" written by David Mitchell.
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The original twist is the way the film switches back and forth between stories, in a way that actually increases the suspense in each while also bringing out the parallels -- provided that the viewer gets 'hooked' on all 6 story lines in the first hour, as i did. What could have been a kind of stunt editing becomes instead the main medium that gets the theme across, along with the dialogue drawn from David Mitchell's novel and fine acting all around. Hugo Weaving is especially good in six villainous roles, but all the actors playing multiple parts manage to differentiate them so that the viewer doesn't get confused or distracted from the story lines; of course makeup and costume help a lot too. This film makes some demands on the viewer early on, but the investment of attention pays off handsomely as the film approaches its multiple climaxes. I for one am glad to have the blu-ray so i can make some more interstory connections on second viewing. But i probably wouldn't bother if the stories connected here weren't so cinematically compelling and entertaining.
It is difficult to offer a synopsis, even without thinking about spoilers. Rather, it should be said that film's central motif is about the ramifications of human interaction and the need to connect with others.
It's a lot of fun to see the stories of the different characters intertwine, and to see the actors playing often against type and against race, and even against gender. There are stories which show the worst of humanity, and some the very best, and a few that show what happens when people are somewhere in between and what their choices can bring. I like how some stories echo others, or redeem others, and it is a movie I enjoy watching again and trying to find little things I had not seen on previous viewings.
The imagined settings are also interesting, and it made me wonder what they might say about the authors vision of where humanity was headed.
Finally I liked the way the movie ends, and without spoilers, I will simply say it is a beautiful end
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