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A Tale That Spans The Ages

Written By: Harald Schossman


Warner Bros. Entertainment was kind enough to grant us access to the Hollywood premiere/press screening for their new movie Cloud Atlas. Aside from the perk of seeing the film with the studio brass and its cast Tom Hanks, Halle Berry, and so many others, I need to make it clear that Cloud Atlas is by far most original movie I have seen in the past year. It's not your traditional studio feature - done by a major studio!

Cloud Atlas is like watching six films at the same time. Basically you're getting six movies packed in a single film. The story shows how actions in the past impact actions in future lives and how everything is connected. Instead of a linear plot the film starts six different stories that are cleverly mixed and juxtaposed and eventually the characters and their underlying related themes make up the entire film.


Even though the movie does feature some crowd-pleasing and very well executed action sequences, it also demands constant dedication from its audience to follow the many unfolding plots and detect their sometimes mere subtle connectivity. The three directors (Andy and Lana Wachowski with Tom Twyker) jump very quickly and without mercy between the different stories so stay alert! Thematically the plot lines vary between sci-fi, action, romance and comedy, all the while relying on the same cast of characters wearing different make up.


As for the acting the film really belongs to both Halle Berry and Tom Hanks who are doing a great job bringing their respective characters to life. But I also found myself enjoying the supporting cast from Jim Broadbent to Hugh Grant etc. all of whom handled themselves very well. I got a kick out of this movie and I liked it a lot. The directors manage to keep you engaged throughout the course of the story. If you go see it, remember it's long, the filmmakers made a bold move there but I think it works. Oh and I dare you to find every single multiple role those actors are playing, it's not easy to spot, but all will be revealed during the credits!

About The Author: Harold Schossman is our International News Corespondent and our resident Expert Videographer. He has worked in the entertainment industry for almost two decades. Be sure to check out his outstanding video work on his YouTube account.