Starring: Tom Hanks, Halle Berry, Hugh Grant, Hugo Weaving, Jim Sturgess
Directed by: Tom Tykwer and lana & Andy Wachowski
Why watch: An experimental blockbuster, if there was ever such a thing, from The Matrix creators and the director of Run Lola Run.
The low-down: A sprawling epic of hope and redemption following several characters (played by an eclectic ensemble led by Tom Hanks, with each actor portraying multiple roles) interconnected in six different stories, set in six different time periods, and told in six different genres.
The buzz: Ever tried explaining what the heck The Fountain is about? Well, Cloud Atlas is structurally similar and possibly just as convoluted. We think. It promises to be a mind-warping experience, judging from the reaction it received at its recent Toronto Film Festival premiere. It may be “a hard movie to accept and watch,” warns Hugo Weaving. “For some people [the labyrinthine narrative structure] will be too much.” (If you want a head start, check out the source material, David Mitchell’s 2004 best-selling novel — which isn’t an easy read either.) Confusing, yes. Boring? Not a chance. Says co-director Andy Wachowski: “Some people are just going to take this as a great ride. And hopefully some people will be more profoundly affected by it. We like to make movies that you can enjoy on many different levels.” Is Cloud Atlas the new Inception?
Opens: Jan 17, 2013
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