(Tom Tykwer, Andy Wachowski, Lana Wachowski)
14A, 172 minutes
Tom Hanks, Halle Berry and Hugh Grant
Ambitious doesn't begin to describe "Cloud Atlas," a head-trip of a movie that uses a large cast playing multiple characters to weave together six vaguely interlocked stories from the past, present and future, ultimately spinning an epic tale of human connectedness, eternal recurrence, and the endless battle between freedom and oppression. Plus it has laser gun fights, forbidden love, and a rollicking group breakout from a fascistic old folks' home. What more could anyone want?
"Cloud Atlas" shares a fair deal with the movie that put the Wachowskis on the map. Especially in the futuristic bits, there's a reiteration of the idea that our accepted, shared reality is merely a smokescreen behind which lies a truer, sometimes more horrifying picture of the world. The conflicts that develop throughout the film unanimously pit outsider rebels attempting to upset an established order against those who, for reasons of ignorance or greed, strive to uphold it.
Marc Mohan, Portland Oregonian