Reporting Julie Fisk
“Cloud Atlas” stars Tom Hanks & Halle Berry as a couple who reconnect over vast expanses of time and how their union affects history. It’s based on the popular novel of the same name by British author David Mitchell.
It’s next to impossible to put a label on this movie because “Cloud Atlas” is actually several films packed into one. Multiple talented actors like Tom Hanks, Halle Berry, & Jim Broadbent play multiple characters living at different times, but their stories all eventually converge. Don’t stress yourself out trying to figure out the connection because it will make itself apparent, though it takes almost 3 hours to get there. There are similar themes running through each story though, like truth and forbidden love, and cannibalism oddly enough.
The problem with taking on this many stories is that not all of them hit their mark. They end up being lesser versions of great movies like “Blade Runner,” “Silkwood” and even “Cocoon.” The acting gets shaky at times, too. Old pros like Tom Hanks, Hugo Weaving and Susan Sarandon deliver with each character they play, but the younger actors aren’t able to keep up. All that aside, I really enjoyed “Cloud Atlas.” The varying stories and different styles prove to be sensory overload of the best kind for me. Alone yes, each story lacks but woven together they shine and that’s why I’m giving “Cloud Atlas” a B.
This movie is a true cinematic challenge and if you’re like me, you’re up for it. If you’re not like me…well, prepare to be wildly annoyed.