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Old 27-02-2013, 00:39
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From what I can see from reviews like this

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PvRXdzB9Ack

And the comments on here I dont think I will get past the first 20mins - Seems too confusing to me :s
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Old 27-02-2013, 00:54
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Just back from seeing this tonight and thought it was brilliant. It's a tad disorientating to begin with keeping track of the different strands, but after a while you get into the rhythm of it and don't notice the jumps.

I'd have happily sat through another hour with more stories.
It reminded me a little of 'Oh Lucky Man' with Malcolm McDowell with different folk playing different parts in make up.
I found it the same, after the initial disorientation it flows effortlessly. I think it helps how the music and narration crosses over into the different stories. It was definitely a cinema experience unlike any I have had before.
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Old 27-02-2013, 13:08
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saw this yesterday

cant lie, i felt a bit dissapointed for first hour and half as it is kinda boring, the last hour is brilliant though

just think its afilm that could have benefited from being 45 mins to a hour shorter

alot of the stories are boring at first like slavery and old peoples home,but both are great by the end

starts slow ends great
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Old 27-02-2013, 19:49
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From what I can see from reviews like this

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PvRXdzB9Ack

And the comments on here I dont think I will get past the first 20mins - Seems too confusing to me :s
Give it a go, you might be surprised.....It is one to see at the Cinema.
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Old 08-03-2013, 12:49
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So, Cloud Atlas was one of the first films in ages that I've gone to see without really having a clue what it was about.

After about half an hour I was starting to think that it was simply a series of artsy vignettes with no obvious cohesion.
After another hour I was totally hooked and found it to be a compelling movie which would certainly deserve another 2 or 3 viewings to really spot all the stuff I missed first time around.

I do have a question though...
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Old 08-03-2013, 13:00
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So, Cloud Atlas was one of the first films in ages that I've gone to see without really having a clue what it was about.

After about half an hour I was starting to think that it was simply a series of artsy vignettes with no obvious cohesion.
After another hour I was totally hooked and found it to be a compelling movie which would certainly deserve another 2 or 3 viewings to really spot all the stuff I missed first time around.

I do have a question though...
Spoiler
in the 1930s sequence Ben Whishaw is reading the book which is the account of what happened in the 19th century sequence .

there are a lot of little links , there's a line spoken which is from a courtroom tv drama which pops up several times , then of course there's the comet birthmark they all have .

But basically it's the theme of slavery which links them all .
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Old 08-03-2013, 13:13
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in the 1930s sequence Ben Whishaw is reading the book which is the account of what happened in the 19th century sequence.
Was he?

I honestly don't remember that at all!

Just goes to show you that there really was so much going on that it deserves a 2nd or 3rd viewing before you really get a handle on all of it.

But basically it's the theme of slavery which links them all .
Must say, I didn't really get that from it.

It seemed, to me, that it was more about how each of the characters played by a given actor found themselves in similar situations over and over at different times.
Halle Berry was always the "investigator", Hugo Weaving was always the "enforcer", Hugh Grant was always the "manipulator" etc.

I guess slavery was a recurring theme (in the colonial and near-future parts, at least) but it didn't feature in the rest of it and I didn't really see it as a "theme".
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Old 08-03-2013, 13:51
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Was he?

I honestly don't remember that at all!

Just goes to show you that there really was so much going on that it deserves a 2nd or 3rd viewing before you really get a handle on all of it.



Must say, I didn't really get that from it.

It seemed, to me, that it was more about how each of the characters played by a given actor found themselves in similar situations over and over at different times.
Halle Berry was always the "investigator", Hugo Weaving was always the "enforcer", Hugh Grant was always the "manipulator" etc.

I guess slavery was a recurring theme (in the colonial and near-future parts, at least) but it didn't feature in the rest of it and I didn't really see it as a "theme".

yeah , I guess 'slavery' would be too simple a term , but the issue was always about someone struggling against some form of oppression/inequality/ exploitation etc.

as for the recurring actors , their are some links , but then again some actors play very different roles in each era , Jim Broadbent is the manipulator in one but the victim in another .

I need to watch it again to see if I can spot a logic to the 'reincarnation' issue - if there's a karma involved , does someone suffer in the next life for what they did previously etc.

also I didn't really get what Halle Berry was doing at that observatory thingy at the end .
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Old 08-03-2013, 14:02
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also I didn't really get what Halle Berry was doing at that observatory thingy at the end .
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I suppose there's another example of slavery/oppression there too.
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Old 08-03-2013, 19:14
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Sonmi 451 please NOT 459!
A tongue in cheek reference
to Bradbury's 'Farenheit 451'.
Anyway Cloud Atlas is one of
the best films I have ever seen
and anyone who can't 'get it'
is really missing out!
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Old 11-03-2013, 14:52
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One of the most incredible films ever for me! (Despite the sometimes dodgy prosthetics!)

If ever there was a book that was surely unfilmable it's Cloud Atlas, so for me they've accomplished what I thought impossible.

Read the book twice, I didn't really 'get it' the first time, but second time it blew me away.

Just like the book, each section would have made a great film in its own right. They had to leave out some great stuff but overall I don't think they could have done better in staying fairly faithful to the original stories.

The way they made even more connections than in the book (with editing similar moments in different periods together) was mind-blowing. A number of times a voice-over spanned a couple of eras and was just as applicable to each. Genius.

I'm glad I had read the book though - you get a lot more out of it I think. Some things were surprisingly unemphasised in the film, and it's a shame if people miss them.

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It also 'fixed' some of the things I didn't like about the book, and even the usual

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didn't grate.

A stunning film and I'm going to see it again during the week. All-time classic.
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Old 11-03-2013, 15:55
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one thing I didn't get - how did Timothy Cavendish sort his problems out with the Irish gangsters ?
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Old 11-03-2013, 21:36
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Sonmi 451 please NOT 459!
A tongue in cheek reference
to Bradbury's 'Farenheit 451'.
Anyway Cloud Atlas is one of
the best films I have ever seen
and anyone who can't 'get it'
is really missing out!
What's to get? We're all connected? Big deal. See a few more movies.
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Old 11-03-2013, 23:00
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one thing I didn't get - how did Timothy Cavendish sort his problems out with the Irish gangsters ?
It was skipped (like many things), but that (imho) is one of the easier gaps one's imagination can fill in I think.

What's to get? We're all connected? Big deal. See a few more movies.
Watch it again maybe if that's all you got from it? Or, if you're sure it's not for you, don't bother?
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Old 13-05-2013, 10:25
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I finally got around to watching this, I wish I'd seen it at a cinema now. I really enjoyed it, and will be one of the few movies I can watch multiple times.
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Old 19-01-2014, 21:22
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Just watched this on Sky and i really enjoyed it.
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Old 21-01-2014, 18:05
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It was enjoyable but watching the making of doc I got the feeling they all thought it was a lot more clever than it actually was.
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