2012. Directed by Lana & Lily Wachowski & Tom Tykwer
Pure cinematic bliss.
Cloud Atlas is an experimental science fiction opera of the highest caliber that aims for the Heavens and manages to break the atmosphere.
The story, told with an ensemble cast takes place in six different time periods. In each tale, the cast portray different, yet similar characters that ultimately connect on a spiritual level, forsaking any kind of coherent logic.
Doona Bae steals the show in her dystopian story of an android that denies her programming in the name of love. Her performance is breathtaking and you find yourself wanting to return to Neo Soul more than any other story. Second place goes to Jim Broadbent's story about a man wrongfully imprisoned in a nursing home who mounts a hilarious and smile inducing escape.
There are so many elements at play that this film demands a rewatch or 10 to ensure you get everything, and even then, there are limitless mysteries to this film.
Made on a staggering budget of 102 million, Cloud Atlas is a landmark attempt at transcending the traditional film storytelling motif. Where it works it works tremendously and where it doesn't, it leaves the viewer with head scratch fever. I would even say that this film is a watershed moment in film history.
John Toll and Frank Griebe's cinematography is mouth watering, filling every time, every era, with a lusciousness that captures the battle of the human soul with a furious whisper.
At just under 3 hours, Cloud Atlas is a story like no other and it is well worth the experience, even if you come away with more questions than answers...much like life.