By Stephanie Fox
If you have ever said that you think Inception is the most confusing movie created, prepare to eat your words. A dream inside a dream? Try a lifetime inside a lifetime inside a lifetime.
Cloud Atlas is the perfect movie for anyone who enjoys puzzles. Each scene jumps from one time period and storyline to another. This perplexing story (based on the 2004 book Cloud Atlas by David Mitchell) was created not only to engage the audience, but also to make them question their importance in the world. The movie did a good job bringing in several genres from horror to romance to action, but I can’t help thinking that perhaps this production company took on a project too big for film.
I have never read Mitchell’s version, but I would assume the storyline and connection between characters is clearer within his pages than on screen. After seeing Cloud Atlas only once I know that in order for me to understand every aspect of the plot, I would have to watch the movie (which is almost three hours long) at least five more times.
Despite being horribly confused for the first hour, I found myself intrigued by the combination of events taking place that seemed so distant from one another, and yet were linked together by time and space.
Starring Tom Hanks, Halle Berry, Jim Broadbent, Bae Doona, Hugh Grant, Jim Sturges, James D’Arcy, Hugo Weaving, and Susan Sarandon, Cloud Atlas captures an innocence that many sci-fi movies lack. Instead of focusing on aliens and world destruction, it questions humanity and why we as people are programmed to repeat the past. C+[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hWnAqFyaQ5s?rel=0]