Cloud Atlas (2012)

A lovely piece of visual fluff from which all meaning has been meticulously scrubbed by resort of the Millennial obsession with eastern mysticism and the nonsense idea of balance, harmony, and karma.

I guess it took people of the bankable street cred of Wachowski siblings to attract enough money to make such a long and void assemblage of special effects, credible actors, and flat entertainment, just the way Hays and Breen would have liked it – plus or minus a tit or two.

I couldn’t help thinking that Aeon Flux (2005) Ultraviolet (2006) and had already traversed the Neo Seoul 2144 territory, and better. Hugo Weaving was good as Jack, but Nick Cave would have been better.

The Wachoswkis can outdo Tarantino! But I’m sure so could I with half the money.

I’ll watch it again soon, just to double-check my assumptions.


Warner Brothers, Cloud Atlas Production, X-Filme Creative Pool, Anarchos Production, 172 minutes, colour.

Directed by Andy Wachowski, Lana Wachowski, Tom Tykwer. Written by Andy Wachowski, Lana Wachowski, Tom Tykwer, from a novel by David Mitchell. Cinematography by Frank Gribe, Jphn Toll. Produced by Grant Hill, Stefan Arndt, Tom Tykwer, Andy Wachowski, Lana Wachowski. Music by Tom Tykwer, Johnny Klimek, Reinhold Heil.

Featuring (most in multiple rôles) Tom Hanks, Halle Berry, Jim Broadbent, Hugo Weaving, Jim Sturgess, Doona Bae, Ben Whishaw, James D’Arcy, Zhou Xun, Keith David, David Gyasi, Susan Sarandon, Hugh Grant.

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