Written by / 10/26/2012 / 1 Comment / , , , , ,

CLOUD ATLAS

year: 2012 cast: Tom Hanks, Halle Berry, Hugh Grant, Jim Broadbent rating: ***
Everything is connected – that’s how we spend three hours of CLOUD ATLAS, a grand scale epic with characters from the past, present, and future – all leading to a few big secrets that, once revealed, pale to the encapsulated lives of real human beings: Ranging from a journalist (Berry) seeking the truth about nuclear energy while a hit man lurks in the shadows. Or a young man on a clipper ship being slowly poisoned, befriended by a rogue slave who becomes his protector.

A more lighthearted tale has Jim Broadbent as an aged book editor trying to escape an old folks home. The wide-scoped stories include an Asian worker/clone in a BLADE RUNNER-looking future seeking the truth of her origin. And an even more distant time has a nomadic Tom Hanks aided by an interstellar Halle Berry to free his people from tyranny. A musical piece titled The Cloud Atlas connects things in a somewhat linear fashion  – written by a young gay man working for a cantankerous has-been composer (Broadbent again), who may never get credit for the surreptitious masterpiece.

The three directors, including the brains behind THE MATRIX, hand off each piece nicely, combining romance, melodrama, and laser-blasting action... The pace only drags when one too many peaks occur without closure. The final payoffs, including Big Oil and Racism, are a tad simplistic and could have been dreamt up by a socially conscious sixth grader. But what makes CLOUD ATLAS never shrug to the epic scale is that each level has its own basic energy: you’ll not only want to see how everything connects as a whole, but how each person survives all that fate has to offer. 
Share This Post :
Tags : , , , , ,

1 comment:

Note: Only a member of this blog may post a comment.

Featured Post

DANA ANDREWS AND GEORGE SAUNDERS IN 'ASSIGNMENT: PARIS'

Märta Torén in Assignment: Paris Year: 1952 Rates: ***1/2 George Saunders, the classy Brit who all but stole Alfred Hitchcock's FOREIGN ...

Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...

Most Popular Last Year

WWW.CULTFILMFREAKS.COM

WWW.CULTFILMFREAKS.COM
Movie Reviews, Interviews, Articles and Pop Culture from White Heat to Blue City

UPCOMING MOVIE REVIEWS

UPCOMING MOVIE REVIEWS
Horror Thriller Science Fiction of VAL GUEST

TOTAL HITS

Popular Trending

FOUNDED BY JAMES M. TATE

FOUNDED BY JAMES M. TATE
RANDOM QUOTE: "Inside most men is a tough guy trying to get out." Michael Caine, Pulp

LIKE OUR FACEBOOK FANPAGE

FILM NOIR/NEO NOIR/CRIME

FAVORITES SHORTLIST

1)OTLEY 2)THE CROWDED SKY 3)JUNGLE STREET4)RAIDERS FROM BENEATH THE SEA 5)CANYON PASSAGE 6)HELL IS A CITY 7)VIOLENT SATURDAY 8)HOT CARS 9)NIGHT CREATURES 10)THE MAN FROM LARAMIE 11)HARDCORE 12)SHARKS' TREASURE 13)SWEENEY TWO 14)ASH WEDNESDAY 15)PULP 16)THE SYSTEM 17)THE FEARMAKERS 18)THE SERGEANT 19)AL CAPONE 20)FALLEN ANGEL 21)ANATOMY OF A MURDER 22)CURSE OF THE DEMON 23)THE DEFECTOR 24)DUEL IN THE JUNGLE 25)A PRIZE OF ARMS 26)AIR PATROL 27)WHITE HEAT 28)BEAT GIRL 29)EASY LIVING 30)ATLANTIC CITY 31)COMPULSION 32)THE ONLY GAME IN TOWN 33)THE NIGHT OF THE FOLLOWING DAY 34)MADISON AVENUE 35)THE SHARKFIGHTERS 36)DEMETRIUS AND THE GLADIATORS 37)MY BLOOD RUNS COLD 38)ROYAL FLASH 39)SWAMP WATER 40)THE DAY THEY ROBBED THE BANK OF ENGLAND 41)THE BREAK 42)THE HIJACKERS 43)THE HEARSE 44)WILLIAM CONRAD'S BRAINSTORM 45)CANYON RIVER 46)KILLER FISH 47)FRENZY 48)LEAVE HER TO HEAVEN 49)THE KILLING 50)FORCE TEN FROM NARAVONE 51)BULLITT 52)WICHITA 53)WAR OF THE WORLDS 54)KISS TOMORROW GOODBYE 55)LAURA 56)THE LINEUP 57)DEATH WISH 58)SORCERER 59)THE STONE KILLER 60)WHERE THE SIDEWALK ENDS

ACTORS 1)DANA ANDREWS 2)JAMES CAGNEY 3)MARLON BRANDO 4)JACK NICHOLSON 5)ORSON WELLES 6)PETER O'TOOLE 7)TOM COURTENAY 8)CHARLES BRONSON 9)STANLEY BAKER 10)VICTOR MATURE ACTRESSES 1)VIRGINIA MAYO 2)SUE LYON 3)GENE TIERNEY 4)MERRY ANDERS 5)FAYE DUNAWAY DIRECTORS 1)JACQUES TOURNEUR 2)RICHARD FLEISCHER 3)STANLEY KUBRICK 4)ORSON WELLES 5)OTTO PREMINGER 6)JOHN CARPENTER 7)VAL GUEST 8)JOHN LANDIS 9)MICHAEL WINNER 10)SAM PECKINPAH

BRITISH NEW WAVE CINEMA

RARITIES & EXPLOITATION

HAMMER HORROR & NOIR

Popular This Month

WESTERN GENRE REVIEWS

ALL KINDS OF HORROR

CINEMA OF DANA ANDREWS

DANA ANDREWS FACEBOOK

SEARCHING THE SIXTIES

KICKING IN THE EIGHTIES

TALES AND REFLECTIONS

REVVING THE SEVENTIES

All Time Popular

PUNCHING UP THE THIRTIES

PEELING OUT THE FORTIES

BACK TO THE FIFTIES

RETURN TO THE HOMEPAGE