Cloud Atlas (2012)

So I wasn’t sure if I really needed to see it but The Wachowski’s Cloud Atlas was a good science fiction movie. I’ve read about how the book tells the story like nesting dolls and that might have been better than to scatter all the stories together. at the beginning I got a bit confused as they switched back and forth, but that  ended as the movie picked up. Sure it might not have been the best reviewed movie of the past year or even the best Sci-fi movie but it makes up for it in expansiveness. (How often can you watch six movies in an evening?)

There is bound to be some spoilers so read with caution:

Cloud Atlas is a six interconnected stories, from 1849 to 2321.  All the stories are told through the framework of the stories being told to after the events in some post 2321 time.

We begin with the story of Adam Ewing, a lawyer from San Francisco in 1849 who travels to an island in the South Pacific to conduct some business for his father in law. While he is there he witnesses a slave being whipped and faints. Adam is brought back to the boat and nursed back to health by a doctor, who is trying to kill him to get his gold. Adam Ewing’s journal is read by Robert Frobisher, a bisexual musician in 1936 England. Robert has been disowned by his family and writes frequently to his lover Rufus Sixsmith. Robert decides to go work for another musician Vyvyan Ayrs, who is old and hasn’t written anything in ages. While he works for Ayrs, Robert composes The Cloud Atlas Sextet, which Ayrs want to have credit for. This is sought by Luisa Rey after meets with Rufus Sixsmith  in an elevator in 1973 San Francisco. Luisa is a  writer and is investigating a nuclear power station after Rufus is killed, she finds the letters, and goes to the plant to discover what the problems is. Her novel is being read by publisher Timothy Cavendish in present day United Kingdom. Timothy owes some people some money and he goes to his brother to get some money, his brother sends him to a rest home. This inspires time in the rest home inspires him to write a book about his escape. Like all books this becomes a movie and in 2144 Neo Soul it is watched by a human clone or a replicant who is inspired by this to lead a revolution. With her manifesto of “To be is to be perceived. And so to know thyself is only possible through the eyes of the other. The nature of our immortal lives is in the consequences of our words and deeds, that go on and are pushing themselves throughout all time. Our lives are not our own, from womb to tomb, we’re bound to others, past and present.” This is the religion of the people on the Big Island in 2321 who follow this teaching as a message from god..

Now it is pretty obvious that this is a pro-religion movie and how everyone is connected through each other. Then there is the whole thing were past lives are connect people together through time. All in all it’s a good science fiction movie, I think that the Wachowski’s usually do a great job with the movies they release. It deserves at least a chance to be viewed.

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