Movie Review: Cloud Atlas
NOTE: THIS IS JUST MY PERSONAL OPINION, AND DOES NOT REFLECT ANYONE ELSE’S. I AM NOT WORKING FOR ANY ORGANISATIONS. THIS REVIEW IS NOT MEANT TO HARM THE FILM’S PERFORMANCE AT THE BOX OFFICE, AND IS JUST PURELY MY THOUGHTS ON THE FILM. THIS REVIEW MIGHT CONTAIN MINOR SPOILERS WHICH MIGHT DISRUPT YOUR VIEWING EXPERIENCE.
Starring Tom Hanks, Halle Berry, Jim Broadbent, Hugo Weaving, Jim Sturgess, Doona Bae, Ben Whishaw, James D’Arcy, Zhou Xun, Hugh Grant, Keith David, David Gyasi and Susan Sarandon
Distributed by Warner Bros Pictures
Directed by Lana Wachowski, Andy Wachowski, Tom Tykwer
Produced by Grant Hill, Stefan Arndt, Lana Wachowski, Andy Wachowski and Tom Tyker
Duration: 172 min
SUMMARY: This show has a good build-up till the ending, though the show suffers from perhaps a problem that will bring this film down- it’s introduction was not clear, and the link between the different time periods is not articulated properly, making the reader confused. Character development is not all that good or bad, but needless to say, the production design and make-up (especially for the 2144 and 2321 time periods) were impressive. The show could have done much better if there are less questions relating the flow of the storyline.
There was no link, and the viewer will not know what is happening until he finishes watching the whole entire film. There is also no visible connection between the different time periods, merely just flashing every time period together to form an introduction.
BUILD UP- 6/10
Its build up is quite impressive, and constantly merges the climax of the different scenes together. The pace is not considered to be too fast or too slow, but there are some visible moments where the film might feel a little boring, or too slow-paced. This problem, however, is solved with the many action/ thriller scenes spotted throughout the film (the first 45min is not action-packed and might be a little boring)
This film really has an unclear climax in certain scenes, as the viewer is treated to too many scenes to what looks like could be a climax. I personally feel that the 2321 sequence was the best among all of it, and there were no visible climax in both the 1936 and 2012 sequences.
COSTUME DESIGN/ BACKGROUND/ PRODUCTION DESIGN/ MAKE-UP- 8/10
This film really deserves an impressive score, with its impressive costume design, make-up and production design, and really helped enrich the film’s taste. However, certain scenes might suffer from lack of this (the 2012 sequence and 1973 sequence)
CHARACTER DEVELOPMENT- 14/20
Nothing much to say here, but visible repetition of music.
Generally well done.
PROBLEMS WITH FLOW OF STORYLINE- 4/10
Like discussed earlier, I could not link the dots between all the time sequences, and thus could not understand the purpose of the story. However, this film still should receive credits for good build-up of storyline. The introduction can be clearer as well.
The direction of the film was generally well done.
TOTAL SCORE: 68%
This movie poster and trailer is owned by Warner Bros. Pictures, Cloud Atlas Production, X-Filme Creative Pool and Anarchos Production
Source of picture is http://www.comingsoon.net/news/movienews.php?id=94799
Movie Trailer obtained from Warner Bros UK (youtube channel)