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Cloud Atlas

(DVD - 2013)
Average Rating: 3 stars out of 5.
Cloud Atlas
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.
Publisher: Burbank, CA : Warner Home Video, c2013
Branch Call Number: DVD MOVIE C
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (172 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in.
digital, optical, surround
video file, DVD video, rda


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Tom Hanks, Halle Berry, Hugo Weaving

Tom Hanks, Halle Berry and Hugh Grant

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Jan 24, 2015
  • marx_bro rated this: 2.5 stars out of 5.

Difficult to follow "plot" but great acting performances!

Jan 20, 2015
  • POLITICSOWNSUS rated this: 0.5 stars out of 5.

This almost 3 hours of my life that i will never get back wallows in PURE RACISM,EXTREME HOMOSEXUALITY PROMOTION,SELF-HATRED,POLITICAL CORRECTNESS,SELF-RIGHTEOUSNESS,FALSE RELIGION,SUICIDE,THE REAL LIFE GLOBAL WARMING HOAX,AND HISTORICAL AND MODERN DAY SLAVERY TO THE EXTREME PERIOD.Those of you that like or LOVE this movie are POLITICAL ZOMBIES because you really don't know or understand what this EXTREMIST MK ULTRA BRAINWASH IS REALLY ABOUT AT ALL PERIOD.WAKE UP!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!Everybody that spent $ to see this MK ULTRA EXTREME BRAINWASHING PROGRAM ARE ACTUALLY FUNDING THE REAL LIFE DEPOPULATION OF ALL OF US IN REAL LIFE PERIOD,BUT YOU DON'T HEAR ME THOUGH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Jan 05, 2015
  • mvkramer rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

The movie is great - interesting, entertaining, beautifully filmed - but the book was better. Also, the makeup sometimes takes a turn for the freaky - Hugo Weaving's Red Skull makeup in Captain America is better than his "Korean" makeup in the Sonmi segment. I wish I could unsee that...

Dec 28, 2014
  • 7duffy rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

After 3 months, I couldn't remember what it was about, so I took it out again. Appreciated it even more, the second time around. Increased rating to 4 stars from 3.5.
Original comment:
Interesting movie. It has 6 stories going on simultaneously and surprisingly, it held my attention for 3 hours. I think it needs to be virewed multiple times in order to get the full value from the film. I liked the reference from Jim Broadbent in the octagenarian version of One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, saying "Soylent Green is people !". This actually had a connection to the Korean Sci-Fi story in the future.

Dec 11, 2014
  • Nursebob rated this: 2 stars out of 5.

This bloated film adaptation of David Mitchell’s novel about a host of reincarnated souls crossing paths through the ages is so spectacularly awful in so many amazing ways that its three-hour running time practically flies by in a blur of inspirational Hallmark moments. A cadre of international stars headed by Tom Hanks, Halle Berry, Susan Sarandon and Jim Broadbent gloriously waste their time as they take turns falling madly in love and validating one another’s lives while at the same time waxing sanctimoniously on the undying power of love, the interconnectedness of all things, and the dignity of the human spirit. Meanwhile, just for good measure, Hugh Grant and Hugo Weaving get to be recycled as the perennial bad guys (or girls). Jumping back and forth across 500 years of history we see how small acts of kindness and villainy echo down the centuries: in 19th century Polynesia a kindly lawyer befriends a runaway slave; a brilliant gay composer suffers a doomed love affair in pre-WWII Britain; a crusading reporter discovers the truth behind nuclear energy in disco-era San Francisco (while across the pond a group of feisty Scottish seniors break out of a sinister nursing home); in a future totalitarian Seoul a rebellious clone plants the seeds of a new religion; and lastly (thank God), in a far flung post-apocalyptic America where everyone shuffles around in caveman drag spouting white trash pidgin, love finds a new foothold among the stars. Gag and barf. The widescreen cinematography is appropriately grandiose and some of the futuristic gewgaws are fun to watch, but the transmigratory connections get shoved in your face a few too many times (OMG, there’s that comet-shaped birth mark again! And that haunting melody!) and the teary-eyed soliloquies are enough to make Spielberg wet his skivvies. Still, film geeks will have a ball uncovering the more subtle background clues linking one storyline to another. I was just impressed I managed to stay awake.

Dec 04, 2014
  • JCLKatieS rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

I have not read this book but found the movie very interesting. I was intrigued by how each story was tied to one another and felt that the plot kept moving at a good pace even though the movie was long. I am not a huge science fiction fan but thought that the futuristic parts of the film were enjoyable along with the other sequences. I do not think that I would read the book though after seeing the film.

Whoa!--I have yet to view this one and I have heard soooo much sort of "rotten tomatoes" type of reviews about it. Hmmm?! I think that it seems like it was some film project that went awry. Like, it Might have been developed into something that was a bit shorter in length, and then possibly a little less obscure or abstract?? Maybe?? I mean, it is Good to have the Imagination and the 'what if' quality to a movie; that is okay. But, if it gets to be so over the top and out of reach, plot-wise, for Any viewer...well, .... I Do think, though, that the caliber of the actors is there! Jim Sturgess, Tom Hanks. I have not seen Halle Berry in too many films, but she might be adequately cast in this one. The cinematography looks interesting. The locations and the time periods are intriguing. Perhaps this one is best left to an author, in book form? I will Still see it to find out what I really think. I always watch it myself in the end to make up my own mind about the overall quality and appeal of anything cinematic. It's harder these days to find a film that has enough substance in it and less of the blood/gore and massive technological elements that so often detract from making it a rewarding experience to watch. I'd like to be truly entertained, you know!! Something worthwhile. But, again...I Am curious and am going to give this one a chance to find out what all the 'hullabaloo' is about. heh!

Well, Guess What, folks...? I got to See it!!! This CLOUD ATLAS film. Yeah, it's Long! ehh. But!, I liked it better than I might have thought. Here's why: the Imagination and creativity that went into it was outstanding, for one thing!! Then, too, I think that ALL of the actors did a fine job! This takes a lot of doing for each actor to be made up for the different eras and to inhabit the different characters and their psyches! Not an easy task!! I liked how there were different directors for certain story lines. Noticed Tom Tykwer in that mix! He was responsible for a great film by the name of "Run Lola Run!"
Halle Berry did a fine job, especially as the reporter from the seventies, "Zodiac" era in this one! Very realistic portrayal! Jim Sturgess was outstanding!!! And, Jim Broadbent! Whoa!!! ~excellent!!! Ben Whishaw was another Great one for this type of role--good to see him! As usual, T. Hanks was in fine form.
The locations, and the cinematography were amazing. That actress Doona Bae (if I got her name correctly off top 'o my head! heh!) was Brilliant! Loved having her in the more Sci-Fi landscape portion of film; she added a Lot to the experience!! She and Jim made a wonderful pair in the story!!
That part with J. Broadbent breaking out of that miserable 'home' with the friends was Hilarious!! Just fantastic! Ohh, ohhh...sorry, don't wanna spoil plot(s) for anyone, here! Sigh...! IF you love fantasy, Sci-Fi, or an unconventional type of movie, SEE This One!! You will enjoy it immensely! I know I sure Did!!! Well, some of it..eheh! Editing is always a good thing, but for the most part this was a decent film. Just a little bit on the long side. I recommend taking a break between portions of it, then coming back later and resuming the viewing when time/mood is permitting....! :)!

Sep 03, 2014
  • kevfarley rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

I'm glad I read these reviews first,.. so that I had a grasp of the multiple story structure.

This film richly repays close attention !

Jul 27, 2014
  • squeeky6 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Outstanding movie. I have watched it numerous times and get more out of it each time. This is about going forward in time, watching the characters' rebirth and how they relate to each other. I believe we live many lives, hopefully each life's purpose is to further magnify the soul. The quote "Our lives are not our own...from womb to tomb we are bound to others past and present and for each crime and every kindness we birth our future" really hit home to me. Amazing movie with wonderful characters and acting and has gone on my list of "to buy" movies!

Jul 22, 2014
  • Ashan22 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Since I just watched this recently, I think that Cloud Atlas combines every single genre involving the sextet that makes each story important to another story, since they all lead to each clue, each situation, and each problem that the characters from each story go through. Whatever your age, even if life is an ocean made up of many drops, you may resolve that life is too short for this errant nonsense, although even if it had a large box office, it wasn't the highest-grossing film of 2012 or all time, which makes it disappointing, but not for me, as there's courage, hope, love, and sacrifice that makes each story a heart-warming or a heart-breaking tale that will make you feel emotional, since the Wachowskis and Tom Tykwer did a successful job combing all these genres into one big epic timeline, with elements similar and far off from The Matrix, putting a more modern twist for the first four stories, while they have used technology similar to The Matrix in the last two stories, since everything is connected to one another. It would be an excellent advertisement for you to read the book, if you hadn't just ruined it by watching the movie, since Cloud Atlas has a close resemblance to its book adaption, with the plot, setting, and characters having some minor changes. Therefore, I give Cloud Atlas a 7/10 because in some secnes, it gets a little bit confusing about the information of each actor/actress portraying the same character with lead roles and minor roles, and I can't tell who's leading or not, but I understand the rest of the story.

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Oct 06, 2013
  • jimg2000 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Isaac Sachs: Belief, like fear or love, is a force to be understood as we understand the Theory of Relativity and Principles of Uncertainty: phenomenon that determine the course of our lives. Yesterday, my life was headed in one direction. Today, it is headed in another. Yesterday I believed that I would never have done what I did today. These forces that often remake time and space, that can shape and alter who we imagine ourselves to be, begin long before we are born and continue after we perish. Our lives and our choices, like quantum trajectories, are understood moment to moment. At each point of intersection, each encounter suggests a new potential direction.

Oct 06, 2013
  • jimg2000 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Haskell Moore: There is a natural order to this world, and those who try to upend it do not fare well. This movement will never survive; if you join them, you and your entire family will be shunned. At best, you will exist a pariah to be spat at and beaten-at worst, to be lynched or crucified. And for what? For what? No matter what you do it will never amount to anything more than a single drop in a limitless ocean.

Adam Ewing: What is an ocean but a multitude of drops?

Sep 19, 2013
  • Monolith rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Sonmi 451: "Our lives... are not our own... From womb to tomb, we are bound to others... past, and present. And by each crime... and every kindness... we birth our future."

Sep 18, 2013
  • Monolith rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Timothy Cavendish (to the residents of "Aurora House" staring at him through a bay window as he attempts escape): "Soylent Green is people! Soylet Green is made of people!!!"

Sep 18, 2013
  • Monolith rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Timothy Cavendish (voiceover; reminiscing about falling naked out of an open window into a bush, after getting clawed by a cat he was covering his privates with after getting caught making love with his girlfriend by her parents): "...Two sprained ankles, one cracked rib. Official cause of accident listed on the hospital form...: "Pussy"."


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