Review: CLOUD ATLAS

By Renee’ Collins

Rating: 3.5 (out of 5 Reels)

The film is an exploration of how the actions of individual lives impact one another in the past, present and future.  I thought it was mostly going to be about reincarnation but the story goes a bit deeper.  We watch as several small groups of people, mostly couples, interact with each other in different periods of time as different people but always the same gender.  Is it possible to can meet your soul mate at different times and places only to fall in love over and over again?  I still don’t have an answer but it is interesting to think about karma and how it can affect your life or lives. 

We witness these people throughout time in good and bad situations treating people well and others not so well.  Some scenes are difficult to watch but it is interesting to see those same people in different times and places in different situations.  The utopian in me wants to see them learn from their mistakes and become better people but how can they if they are not aware of what they have done in the past? 

I believe the Wachowski siblings (Andy & Lana) are great at creating different realms and characters.  They created scenes that are humble and rustic as well as ultra-futuristic cities.  It somewhat reminded me of Neo (Keanu Reeves) in the MATRIX trilogy of which I am a fan.  I would also be remiss if I didn’t mention the extraordinary makeup effects in this film.  Not only do the characters change to different times but their appearance, at times, changes drastically as well.  I do not usually have a problem being able to make out who the actor is but this film kept me on my toes because there are so many changes throughout the film. 

I did enjoy this film overall but it is three hours long and I really don’t think there is any pressing need to see it on the big screen.  Paying attention during the first hour is critical to keep all of the storylines clear and to follow the action.  There are numerous changes back and forth in time and some may not like the sheer volume.  I would definitely wait to rent it and be able to sit on your own couch at home.

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