2012, 172 mins., co-directed and co-written by Andy & Lana Wachowski, and Tom Tykwer.
Having avoided this film for so long, after hearing secondhand reports of a disjointed, ponderous effort, this reviewer reports that this adaption of David Mitchell’s groundbreaking novel, Cloud Atlas, is a visual feast, film noir, comedy, sci-fi fantasy, and thriller, all rolled into one. Taking place across several centuries in time, across several countries, six seemingly disparate stories unfold, with a cast of actors playing multiple roles, often switching gender and race (with the skillful use of prosthetics). The story of six individuals is related moving back and forth through the centuries, and how their individual actions have consequences for all in the course of events. Starring in multiple roles (among others) are: Tom Hanks, Halle Berry, Jim Broadbent, Jim Sturgess, Hugh Grant, and Susan Sarandon. See the record for Cloud Atlas.
Les Kong, Coordinator of the Library Multi Media Center (PL-5005), and longtime Alfred Hitchcock fan, reviews movies from the library’s collection. The opinions expressed are his alone.