Cloud Atlas

Movie Review


Starring Tom Hanks, Halle Berry, Hugo Weaving. Written and directed by Lana Wachowski, Tom Tykwer, and Andy Wachowski.

I was never really inspired to see this movie – even after seeing the heavy special-effects trailer and the notable cast involved. The Wachowski siblings have been on a downward spiral since the Matrix Trilogy – and I didn’t expect anything else from them.

Cloud Atlas is actually 6 storylines that (despite what other people may say) have nothing to do with each other, except for the same actors playing different roles with a slight re-occurring theme. For some reason, the directors thought that by randomly switching between the storylines, the audience would somehow be engaged in the otherwise dull plot, weak dialogue, and sometimes water-down action.

Things that would have greatly improved the movie:

  •  Trim the storylines to just 3
  •  Cut the length of the movie down to around 100 minutes
  •  Use the same actors to play a similar role, but in a different storylines
  •  STOP jumping around the movie so much! It feels like I was watching the movie from the perspective of someone with attention deficit disorder.

My final assessment: 1halfstar

Too high concept and a failure to deliver on such an expensive, lengthly movie – the Wachowski siblings have again pooped out another waste of a film. Don’t bother trying to understand the movie or extrapolate some kind of meaning from it – there is none. If you’d prefer to just understand the movie, see this infographic which breaks down the characters and storylines.

Kue has a Masters in Business Administrations (MBA) from California State University, Fresno. He works as the Director of Education and Outreach for the California Department of Business Oversight in addition to being a contributing writer for news, business, and international blogs. He has also written, directed, and produced an award-winning film as well as authored several books on business, philosophy, and Asian folk lore.