Saturday, October 27, 2012
Cloud Atlas Review
First, forget everything you've read about this movie. Second, let it draw you in with its own particular magic. Third, let go of all of your assumptions as the movie shifts, ebbs and flows. One thing it isn't is mindless entertainment. It takes the kind of creativity that produced The Matrix to make this film work. And work it does, shifting from one point of view and point in time to another to tell its story. It has action and pathos, mind-numbing routine and heart-breaking romance, sacrifice and redemption. It's both an examination of the human condition and an uplifting story of what mankind might be capable of achieving.
It's definitely a roller-coaster ride that also entertains and enthralls, with bravura performances from Tom Hanks, Halle Berry. But it's the secondary performances that make the film. Jim Sturgess is brilliant in his roles. Doona Bae is luminous and very human as a replicant/clone at the heart of the movie. Ben Whishaw is perfect, and perfectly driven, as the young composer, and James D'Arcy by turns sweetly vulnerable and deeply disturbed by a challenge to the convictions he's been taught. Cloud Atlas is a thought-provoking film that challenges much of what we've all been taught.
And for that alone its worth seeing.