Escape to the Movies: Cloud Atlas

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I'd never even heard about this movie....and I want to see it really bad now.

Cloud Atlas is basically a series of one-acts with a significantly amped up budget and some A-list stars. They're not terrible one-acts but they don't have a lot more to say than your average off-Broadway play either. The special effects are good and the acting is generally not bad, though I'm not totally sure I'm down with the idea that the only reason to perceive any difference at all between people of different races, sexes or sexual orientations is due to oppressive discrimination.

As far as its sixness and the stories in general, I could have done with a little bit more of an overarching narrative as opposed to six largely self-contained stories. I wont spoil it, but I wasn't exactly enthusiastic with the ending of the Victorian story. It just seemed like they ended it that way because that's what's supposed to happen in gay romance stories. And don't get me started on the almost random philosophical platitudes in the chronologically latest short films.

Not sad I saw it, but I doubt I'll want to see it again.

I dunno.... I agree with you on a lot of things Bob but when your review is almost the polar opposite of the general consensus, that's when I seem to disagree. This is one of those reviews.

The most common criticisms of the film seem to be that each of it's eight stories come off more as trailers for real movies and that the film's "deep message" gets jammed down the audience's throat and comes off as pretentious.

I think I'll wait until some of my friends see it. They have very similar tastes in movies as me and if they tell me that it is good, then I'll go see it.

Don Reba:
Gah, it sucks to be in Europe sometimes. The movie will probably hit the torrents before theatres here.

Sigh, wait till March or February? Fuck no.

They can keep their fucking film, I don't care what the excuse is, do we really have to still put up with this shit in 2012?

Maybe I can use the time to read the book first, if only. Hah. Bollocks! I'm boycotting the whole franchise. All by myself if I gotta.

Yes, but what is the movie about? Or is this one of those cases where "It's about two hours" really is the only correct answer to that question?

CaptDom:

Don Reba:
Gah, it sucks to be in Europe sometimes. The movie will probably hit the torrents before theatres here.

Sigh, wait till March or February? Fuck no.

They can keep their fucking film, I don't care what the excuse is, do we really have to still put up with this shit in 2012?

Maybe I can use the time to read the book first, if only. Hah. Bollocks! I'm boycotting the whole franchise. All by myself if I gotta.

Really? You're pissed that you don't get to see the movie soon enough, so you're refusing to see it at all, ever? That has to be the pettiest thing I've ever seen, and this is the Internet.

Plus, news flash: boycotts of movies/games/shows don't work, and on the rare occasion it makes an impact on box office/sales/ratings, the distributor/publisher/network just interprets it as "people didn't like this movie/game/show so we should stop making movies/games/shows like it". Jim Sterling explains it better than I can.

I'm reminded of the joke Zero Punctuation review of Duke Nukem - but apparently this is a real thing.

Props for Final Fantasy (1) reference!

I think that's one of the most unabashedly supportive reviews I've ever seen for a film.

Had not so much as heard of this movie until 5 minutes ago. It's now absolutely on my radar.

Crazy post-modernism? I'm in!

So, essentially, they took GEODESSEY by Piers Anthony and adapted it. Yeah, I know it is based off the book Cloud Atlas, but it was the Geodessey series that first took that concept, that I am aware of.

It takes the same bunch of characters throughout time changing societies, races, and other circumstances along the way. It is a way to explore history through an era-spanning novel.

Although I kept thinking of Geodyssey all through the review, I am very intrigued by the movie and I have always respected Bob's opinion. I will watch it and try to keep Geodyssey from invading my thoughts. It is just not fair to compare :-)

"Go see this now!"

Coming to Sweden March 1st 2013

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Wakikifudge:
I dunno.... I agree with you on a lot of things Bob but when your review is almost the polar opposite of the general consensus, that's when I seem to disagree. This is one of those reviews.

The most common criticisms of the film seem to be that each of it's eight stories come off more as trailers for real movies and that the film's "deep message" gets jammed down the audience's throat and comes off as pretentious.

I think I'll wait until some of my friends see it. They have very similar tastes in movies as me and if they tell me that it is good, then I'll go see it.

If you've read enough reviews, you would know that the film doesn't really have a general consensus. The reviews have been all over the map with critics slamming, praising it and even admitting confusion over the film. Bob's is just one in the love it category. Fact is, everyone is going to have a viscerally different reaction to this film, and trying to judge and see if your friends like it or not is going to be inherently pointless, since you'll all have different opinions on the film.

Marter:
Bob. Good job.

I completely agree.

I really hope that you can convince more people to see this. Because ... I dunno how well it's going to do. But it deserves to do incredibly well.

I want to go see it but theatres in California are a fucking nightmare :/.

It's like paying 20 bucks to have people shit all over you anonymously. The second those lights go out nobody will shut the fuck up or stop using their phone.

I sound all boyish and extroverted explaining it but I really wish I didn't need to have a warrior spirit in real life just to sit and actually see a film :/.

I miss Washington...

I'll just get it on blu-ray when it releases :(.

So, um.... I thought this was the second part of the Altas Shrugged movie or something, but you know, now I'm actually curious about seeing it. My mom wanted to see it, too, so maybe I'll go see it with her.

theultimateend:
I want to go see it but theatres in California are a fucking nightmare :/.

It's like paying 20 bucks to have people shit all over you anonymously. The second those lights go out nobody will shut the fuck up or stop using their phone.

I sound all boyish and extroverted explaining it but I really wish I didn't need to have a warrior spirit in real life just to sit and actually see a film :/.

I miss Washington...

I'll just get it on blu-ray when it releases :(.

That's a shame. But maybe with a film like this it would be different? The people doing that would go see something else instead, perhaps, instead of the 3-hour epic?

I dunno. But it's great and you need to see it. :)

Bob, your review should have just consisted of you saying:

"Watch the movie. NOW."

DVS BSTrD:
Is the "devil" called Wilson by any chance?

Castaway 2: Wilson's Revenge
"When 'I'm sorry' just isn't enough".

OT

Well this looks... interesting. I probably won't be able to see this while it's in theaters, but I'll definitely give it a look when the Blu-Ray comes out.

CaptDom:

Don Reba:
Gah, it sucks to be in Europe sometimes. The movie will probably hit the torrents before theatres here.

Sigh, wait till March or February? Fuck no.

They can keep their fucking film, I don't care what the excuse is, do we really have to still put up with this shit in 2012?

Maybe I can use the time to read the book first, if only. Hah. Bollocks! I'm boycotting the whole franchise. All by myself if I gotta.

The lone boycotter is the most useless force in the world.

OT: It's sealed, I gotta see this.

When a movie critic tells me to see the movie first to avoid spoilers I almost never listen but this time I did and I am glad I did. Holy crap this is probably the most dense movie I have ever seen. By that I mean chalked full of...of...everything. Most bizarre and interesting movie I have seen since Big Fish and I was on the edge of my seat the whole time. At almost 3 hours it deserves a medal just for being interesting for that long.

Of course I could recommend it just to hear Keith Davids seductive voice but all the actors are phenomenal especially Tom Hanks. Go see it because Bob is right on the money here.

If I had the money, I would go see it.

DVS BSTrD:
Is the "devil" called Wilson by any chance?

It's hard for me to believe that it has been 12 years since Castaway. It was one of my favorite movies back then.

I'll admit it. I cried when:

Apples_McGrind:

Wakikifudge:
I dunno.... I agree with you on a lot of things Bob but when your review is almost the polar opposite of the general consensus, that's when I seem to disagree. This is one of those reviews.

The most common criticisms of the film seem to be that each of it's eight stories come off more as trailers for real movies and that the film's "deep message" gets jammed down the audience's throat and comes off as pretentious.

I think I'll wait until some of my friends see it. They have very similar tastes in movies as me and if they tell me that it is good, then I'll go see it.

If you've read enough reviews, you would know that the film doesn't really have a general consensus. The reviews have been all over the map with critics slamming, praising it and even admitting confusion over the film. Bob's is just one in the love it category. Fact is, everyone is going to have a viscerally different reaction to this film, and trying to judge and see if your friends like it or not is going to be inherently pointless, since you'll all have different opinions on the film.

True that they are all over the map (scores are ranging from 10-100%) but the majority of 40-70 area. That may not necessarily be a bad thing but if reviews are really this all over the map, there are probably some major flaws in it.

How could you possibly say that I'll have a different reaction to the movie than my friends? You don't know them... and I do. There are almost no movies/games/opinions that we disagree on. We all liked Lost up until the very end (and then we hated it). We all loved Mass Effect 3 up until the very end (and then hated it). We all decided that the majority of the problems we had with Mass Effect 3's ending were fixed with the EC. We all thought Avatar was Mediocre. We all thought that while Cabin in the Woods was great, it didn't actually have a twist that everyone was praising (unless you count that it was given away at the very beginning). We all liked Inception a lot but couldn't understand why it was nominated for Best Picture because it does have a fairly massive plot hole. We all love Breaking Bad. We all love Game of Thrones. We are all Atheists. We all think that Handsome Jack is one of the greatest villains of this console generation. We all hate the majority of current pop music. We all liked TDKR more than the Avengers. This list could keep going for a long time but I'll stop now.

That's a lot of things to agree about. Some of those things are very controversial and have reviews that are all over the map as well. Hmmm, it's almost like we're friends because we have common interests or something. Weird right? Oh wait, no it's not.

Wakikifudge:
We all think that Handsome Jack is one of the greatest villains of this console generation.

Definitely not.

Although he's right up there alongside tiny drop rates and wormhole threshers as the most infuriatingly annoying 'features' that have been introduced into the Borderlands franchise by the second game.

Got bumped up to this month here in Aus, hooray we get a movie within a decent time to its US debut for once. Wreck it Ralph still not out till December here though, bah.

Paradoxrifts:

Wakikifudge:
We all think that Handsome Jack is one of the greatest villains of this console generation.

Definitely not.

Although he's right up there alongside tiny drop rates and wormhole threshers as the most infuriatingly annoying 'features' that have been introduced into the Borderlands franchise by the second game.

That's great and all but I was stating my OPINION. I was simply listing things that my friends and I agree about. Not really looking for a debate. You may not like Borderlands 2 but I do and that's fine. This just reinforces the point I was trying to make. Obviously people are going to disagree with some/all of the things I listed. My friends however do not and so if one of them goes and sees Cloud Atlas and likes it, there's a pretty good chance I'll like it too. At the moment though, I'm not interested in it.

I had not even heard of the movie before I got to the theater, and only saw it because the movie we were going to see started earlier than we had thought. Now, I am SO very happy that we saw this movie instead. It's very dense and crazy to follow with all the jumping around, but the whole ride is very satisfying.

Wow, now that was an extremely dense and focused review. No pussy-footing around at all.
You know, I think this is the first time that one of your reviews has actually made me want to see something.
I wonder if I actually will.

I saw it tonight and I enjoyed it a lot. At times it can be mildly hard to follow all 6 stories at the same time, and the first quarter or so of the movie is VERY slow, but I found myself taking a lot more interested once the "future" elements got rolling...being a major scifi lover.

Overall, a good movie, and something I'd like to see a 2nd time at least.

So it doesn't suck? I'm honestly surprised because the trailer really made it look like a pretentious bloated mess that tried to fit half a dozen movies into one and be the "ultimate film".

I guess I might go see it then.

Wakikifudge:

Paradoxrifts:

Wakikifudge:
We all think that Handsome Jack is one of the greatest villains of this console generation.

Definitely not.

Although he's right up there alongside tiny drop rates and wormhole threshers as the most infuriatingly annoying 'features' that have been introduced into the Borderlands franchise by the second game.

That's great and all but I was stating my OPINION. I was simply listing things that my friends and I agree about. Not really looking for a debate. You may not like Borderlands 2 but I do and that's fine. This just reinforces the point I was trying to make. Obviously people are going to disagree with some/all of the things I listed. My friends however do not and so if one of them goes and sees Cloud Atlas and likes it, there's a pretty good chance I'll like it too. At the moment though, I'm not interested in it.

Quite the contrary.

I quite like BL2 and that is in spite of the game's flaws. But to get back to the subject of Handsome Jack, I feel you must have mistaken 'greatest villain' with ' character so annoying that killing them becomes a cathartic experience'. It's as if Gearbox had the Occupy movement design a Saturday morning cartoon version of Satan for them.

Handsome Jack never came across as threatening or unsettling to me which is the hallmark of a decent villain, I just only ever wanted the stupid to stop.

CaptDom:

Don Reba:
Gah, it sucks to be in Europe sometimes. The movie will probably hit the torrents before theatres here.

Sigh, wait till March or February? Fuck no.

They can keep their fucking film, I don't care what the excuse is, do we really have to still put up with this shit in 2012?

Maybe I can use the time to read the book first, if only. Hah. Bollocks! I'm boycotting the whole franchise. All by myself if I gotta.

I will probably download it first, as soon as a high-quality version becomes available, then go see it on the big screen. Did that with Drive and it was quite satisfying.

So why not get an Asian actor and let him play as a white guy in one part and as himself in the other>

I just got back from Argo and you're recommending another movie!?

Well Hoyts; you'll be... (Release date in Australia: 21 February 2013) NOT getting my money as I am going to use it to render Law Abiding Citizen style justice to the moronic [REDACTED] [REDACTED]head(s) that is/are keeping cinema release dates from being synchronized so that EVERY country gets the movie ON THE SAME DAY!

This is why movie piracy is so high. If everyone was able to see the movie on the same day then piracy will be reduced significantly as there would be legal options for people to see films that are already released in another country

So I get all pumped and ready to watch the movie now!

Go to see when it's released in Australia (according to IMDb)....21st February 2013!

WWWWWWWWWWWWTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFF??????????????????

It's the same fucking movie! There's no translation involved because we speak fucking English! Why the hell do we have to wait 4 fucking months for it to be released in cinemas over here?

Fuck.

Wait... How am I just now hearing about this? By what is shown in the video it looks pretty cool. Guess I'll have to go check it out.

I remember disliking the book. I just couldn't understand why it brazenly (and openly) borrowed stock premises and cliched settings, and then expected that not to be a problem.

This film does look pretty interesting though. Maybe the aesthetics will be enough to hide the obvious similarities to other stories, and maybe the immediacy of film will make much more of the multi-story aspect (which seemed to do bugger all for the book). We'll see. EDIT: In February.

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