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Rated R · 172 minutes · 2012

Drama, Mystery, Science fiction
Apparently, we’re all connected. Not just now, but for (and through) all time. That’s the premise of David Mitchell’s award-winning novel, Cloud Atlas, and of the movie it inspired. However, the film lacks cohesion, despite the fact that the same actors—including Tom Hanks, Halle Berry, Hugh Grant, Jim Broadbent, Jim Sturgess and Hugo Weaving—appear in many of the movie’s six distinct stories. A couple of these interconnected chapters have a lot of potential, but the finished product is a mess. A dystopian Neo Seoul of the near future plays the best, which is not surprising given that the film was co-directed by Lana and Andy Wachowski (The Matrix) and Tom Tykwer (Run Lola Run). That should have been the whole movie, frankly. Juggling all of it at once, even over nearly three hours, is too cumbersome to enjoy or fully appreciate.


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Official Site: cloudatlas.warnerbros.com/index.html
Director: Lana Wachowski, Tom Tykwer and Andy Wachowski
Producer: Grant Hill, Stefan Arndt, Lana Wachowski, Tom Tykwer, Andy Wachowski, Philip Lee, Uwe Schott and Wilson Qiu
Cast: Tom Hanks, Halle Berry, Jim Broadbent, Hugo Weaving, Jim Sturgess, Doona Bae, Ben Whishaw, James D'Arcy, Susan Sarandon, Hugh Grant, Keith David, Xun Zhou, David Gyasi, Robert Fyfe, Martin Wuttke, Robin Morrissey and Brody Lee

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Colorado Springs Independent From pages to pictures The Indy's annual take on a handful of book-to-film features hitting theaters this fall. by Scott Renshaw 09/05/2012
Creative Loafing Charlotte Cloud Atlas: Time after time Rating: ***1/2 by Matt Brunson 10/26/2012
Colorado Springs Independent Time bandits: Cloud Atlas Every sort of story is here: sci-fi drama, post-apocalyptic action, codger comedy, twee British romance, historical mystery, '70s conspiracy thriller. by MaryAnn Johanson 10/24/2012
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Portland Mercury Lost in Translation The Wachowskis make Cloud Atlas something all their own. by Alison Hallett 10/25/2012

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