“The phenomenon that determined the course of our lives, these forces begin before we are born, and continue after we perish. Our lives are not our own. We are bound to others, past and present, and by each crime, and every kindness, we birth our future”- “Issac Sachs” in Cloud Atlas
Cloud Atlas has been rightfully described is an “epic film” that is sci-fi meets fantasy-adventure meets heavy-drama.. Being that Cloud was written and directed by genius siblings Lana and Andy Wachowski, with Tom Tykwer, audiences can expect a lot of deep, profound philosophical, spritual and religious ideologies that will permeate their psyche for years to come. The film is an adaptation of the 2004 book of the same name written by David Mitchell.
The film is said to be the most expensive independent film of all time. However, Cloud Atlas might end up being more well known for being the film to most profoundly affect humanity of all time, as well.
The script was said to have such an intense emotional reaction on people, that funding for the $100 million masterpiece was supported mostly by independent donors. To give you more proof of its impact: It got a 10-miunute standing ovation at its premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival.
It seems the theme of the film — reincarnation, past lives and soul mates — is already stirring the hearts of thelucky few who have had a chance to see the film.
The dazzling story tells six interconnected tales spanning hundreds of years and a multitude of genres, from a 19th century sea story to a tropical-set dystopia –
characters in six stories that span the globe and sprawl across 500 years as souls are reincarnated and progress through the ages. The way they cracked the code was, in a word author Mitchell tosses about repeatedly, ingenious.
The same actors would play characters in different periods, sometimes switching race and gender, as each soul moves upward, downward or sideways on the karmic plane. Hanks is a rapacious doctor in 1849, a murderous thug with artistic pretensions in 2012, a cowardly goatherd inching toward enlightenment in the 24th century. Berry is a white Jewish adulteress in the 1930s, a gutsy journalist in the 1970s, an Asian medical man in the 22nd century and part of an elite race of survivors in the 24th.
“An exploration of how the actions of individual lives impact one another in the past, present and future, as one soul is shaped from a killer into a hero, and an act of kindness ripples across centuries to inspire a revolution.”