This movie makes more sense 2 hours after you’ve seen it. If you’re willing to completely open your mind and surrender to David Mitchell’s imagination, this is the movie for you. Cloud Atlas randomly switches between scenes spanning across 6 different ages in which 13 different souls (Tom Hanks, Halle Berry, Jim Broadbent, Hugo Weaving, Hugh Grant, Doona Bae, Jim Sturgess, Susan Sarandon) intersect. It is both metaphysical and existential as it examines cause & effect, man’s strength & frailty, human interconnectivity, death, and the unintentional and intentional legacies that change the course of history. The acting of each cast member demonstrated flexibility and grace. Some of the transformations appeared so extreme at times that I had to remind myself that I was watching a science fiction movie. After sitting through three hours of this journey, let 2 hours pass and I promise that the dust will settle. That’s the point at which your brain will be able to put each age in its proper sequence and everything will be illuminated!
Cloud Atlas: 7 out of 9
Guest blogger from Seattle