Sunday, November 11, 2012

Cloud Atlas (2012)

Directed by Tom Tykwer, Any Wachawski
Written by David Michell, Lana Wachowski
Starring Tom Hanks, Halle Berry, & Hugh Grant

This is an amazing film. For anyone looking to be awakened, if only for a few minutes in the theatre, this film will give you chills. It’s the kind of film that is hinting at a larger Truth that is hard to perceive or keep in focus. Directed by the same people responsible for the Matrix (and the matrix Sequiles) expectations where perplexing at best.

Tom Hanks has been a beloved character actor for a good 30 or 40 years now and nothing makes an audience member happier then when they see a familiar face. Interestingly enough Hanks plays so many different characters in this film you’ll get that wonderful feeling several times throughout the movie. All the actors are recycled so you making connections within the several different story lines that might have been hard to discern otherwise.  

Everything about this film is well done. Hanks, Berry, Grant & all the others all operate at the highest performance level here. The cinematography is majestically diverse in each story. The movie flows at an interesting pass that some people may fall asleep while others are on the edge of their seat.

The overarching story is more like a collection of life experiences. Each story has a compelling and rich story line that revolves around oppression and the rising up of the weak. A line that is mentioned a few times in the film speaks to the theme of the story “the weak are meat and the strong shall eat.” as bone chilling as that may be the film creates a safe place to explore the idea of oppression and the security of our spirit life.

Top 5. If you see one film before Christmas this year… Go see this one. 

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