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Cloud Atlas

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Director: Tom Tykwer, Lana Wachowski, Andy Wachowski

Cast: Tom Hanks


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Directors Tom Tykwer, Andy Wachowski, and Lana Wachowski team up to helm this adaptation of David Mitchell's popular novel Cloud Atlas. The trio have put together an all-star cast, including Tom Hanks, Halle Berry,


Directors Tom Tykwer, Andy Wachowski, and Lana Wachowski team up to helm this adaptation of David Mitchell's popular novel Cloud Atlas. The trio have put together an all-star cast, including Tom Hanks, Halle Berry, Jim Broadbent, and Hugh Grant, to play various characters over the course of several different historical time periods. The various narrative threads weave in and out of each other, painting a portrait of mankind's quest for tolerance and peace throughout the ages.

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All Movie Guide - Perry Seibert
When a director is equally earnest and ambitious about a particular project, the resulting film stands a great chance of being a love-it-or-hate-it proposition for audiences, and Cloud Atlas is no exception. This adaptation of David Mitchell's sweeping, award-winning novel was written and directed by Lana Wachowski, Andy Wachowski, and Tom Tykwer, and it juggles a huge cast (the majority of whom are playing multiple characters) in several different time periods in the service of a very simple moral -- be good to each other. The intricate plot can't really be distilled into a few paragraphs, so it's enough to know that the film skips around without much concern for the audience keeping up; it's not a big wave you can surf, but a giant wall of water that crashes all around you. The trio of directors flood the viewer with visual splendor and cutting-edge effects so that their homilies about how love and hate transcend time and space sneak their way in while you're busy marveling at the images. If the effects grow tiresome, there is fun to be had figuring out what roles the various actors play in the different time periods. The makeup team on this film should be nominated for an Oscar, and if the award were not for Best Makeup but Most Makeup, then they'd be a shoe-in. Spotting Tom Hanks, Halle Berry, Jim Broadbent, Jim Sturgess, and Hugh Grant in their various personas actually adds an element of fun to everything, and fun is what's missing from much of Cloud Atlas (except for when Hugo Weaving is in drag). While it's always a guessing game to ponder why a particular filmmaker might be drawn to a specific piece of material, it's hard not to think about what drew Lana Wachowski to make this as her first picture after completing gender-reassignment surgery. The movie's dead-serious plea for tolerance and kindness is heartfelt, but it's also painfully obvious about 45 minutes into its nearly three-hour running time. The result is a lot of sound and fury signifying a sentiment that could be printed on a fortune cookie. Cloud Atlas is hardly the first movie to tackle these deep concepts with such a sweeping narrative, but the most recent example of something similar is Darren Aronofsky's fascinating The Fountain. That equally ambitious film attempts to show how love knows no boundaries and leads to a perpetual rebirth that keeps the species going forever and ever. It also manages to do this with basically two characters in three settings, and in just over 90 minutes. That film is a cosmic tone poem, whereas Cloud Atlas is a behemoth that aims for the thematic weight of Kubrick's 2001: A Space Odyssey with the hyper-stylized look of sci-fi favorites like The Fifth Element, Blade Runner, and Metropolis. Let there be no doubt that some people will be swept up in the film's explosion of light, sound, and ideas and hail it as a masterpiece, but there will also be a number of viewers who reject what the Wachowskis and Tykwer are serving precisely because it's so overblown. The trio are out on a limb with Cloud Atlas, and for an audience member either the view will be breathtaking or the branch will snap and crash the whole thing to the ground.

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Warner Home Video
[Dolby AC-3 Surround Sound]
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A film like no other: see how three visionary directors came together, divided their tasks and created a cohesive masterpiece; Everything is connected: the cast and filmmakers delve deeper into the connections that tie the story together; Spaceships, slaves & sextets: unravel the mysteries, themes and subtext of Cloud Atlas with the cast, filmmakers, author and producers; The bold science fiction of Cloud Atlas: explore the film's cutting-edge future with tales of cloning and extraplanetary exploration; And more!

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Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Tom Hanks Dr. Henry Goose,Isaac Sachs,Zachry,Dermot Hoggins,Hotel Manager,Cavendish Look-a-Like Actor
Halle Berry Jocasta Ayrs,Meronym,Luisa Rey,Ovid,Native Woman,Indian Party Guest
Jim Broadbent Captain Molyneux,Timothy Cavendish,Vyvyan Ayrs,Korean Musician,Prescient 2
Hugo Weaving Haskell Moore,Bill Smoke,Old Georgie,Tadeusz Kesselring,Boardman Mephi,Nurse Noakes
Jim Sturgess Adam Ewing,Hae-Joo Chang,Poor Hotel Guest,Highlander,Megan's Dad,Adam/Zachry's Brother-in-Law
Bae Doo-na Tilda,Mexican Woman,Sonmi Prostitute,Sonmi-351,Sonmi-451,Megan's Mom
Ben Whishaw Robert Frobisher,Store Clerk,Tribesman,Cabin Boy,Georgette
Keith David Kupaka,Joe Napier,Prescient,An-Kor Apis
Susan Sarandon Madame Horrox,Abbess,Yusouf Suleiman,Older Ursula
Hugh Grant Rev. Giles Horrox,Denholme Cavendish,Lloyd Hooks,Seer Rhee,Hotel Heavy,Kona Chief
David Gyasi Duophysite,Autua,Lester Rey
James D'Arcy Young Rufus Sixsmith,Nurse James,Archivist,Old Rufus Sixsmith
Zhou Xun Yoona-939,Talbot/Hotel Manager,Rose
Brody Nicholas Lee Javier Gomez,Jonas,Zachry's Older Nephew
Robert Fyfe Prescient 1,Old Salty Dog,Mr. Meeks
Alex Wuttke Mr. Boerhaave,Leary the Healer,Guard
Robin Morrissey Young Cavendish
Mya-Leica Naylor Miro
Amanda Walker Veronica
Ralph Riach Ernie
Andrew Havill Mr. Hotchkiss
Tanja De Wendt Mrs. Hotchkiss
Raeven Lee Hanan Little Girl with Orison at Papa Song's,Catkin,Zachry Relative 1
Götz Otto Groundsman Withers
Victor Esteban Sole Mr. Roderick
Nial Fulton Mozza Hoggins
Louis Dempsey Haskell Moore's Dinner Guest 3,Jarvis Hoggins
Martin Docherty Haskell Moore's Dinner Guest 4,Eddie Hoggins
Dulcie Smart Ursula's Mother
Alistair Petrie Musician,Felix Finch
Jojo Schoning Papa Song Punk
Zhu Zhu Megan Sixsmith
Sylvestra Le Touzel Aide in Slaughtership,Nurse Judd
Thomas Kugel Ursula's Father
Emma Werz Ursula's Granddaughter
Marie Ronnenbeck Ursula's Daughter

Technical Credits
Tom Tykwer Director,Score Composer,Producer,Screenwriter
Lana Wachowski Director,Producer,Screenwriter
Andy Wachowski Director,Producer,Screenwriter
Stefan Arndt Producer
Simone Bar Casting
Kym Barrett Costumes/Costume Designer
Hugh Bateup Production Designer
Alexander Berner Editor
Steve Bream Set Decoration/Design
Daniel Chour Art Director
Sabine Engelberg Art Director
Sebastian Fahr-Brix Asst. Director
Pierre-Yves Gayraud Costumes/Costume Designer
Frank Griebe Cinematographer
Peter Grossman Associate Producer
Uli Hanisch Production Designer
Reinhold Heil Score Composer
Grant Hill Producer
Deborah Jarvis Makeup
Lora Kennedy Associate Producer
Johnny Klimek Score Composer
Peter Lam Co-producer
Philip Lee Executive Producer
Marcus Loges Co-producer
Roberto Malerba Co-producer
Heike Merker Makeup
Terry Needham Asst. Director
Uli Nefzer Special Effects Supervisor
Malina Nikolic Makeup
Gigi Oeri Associate Producer
Daniel Parker Makeup
Paula Price Makeup
Wilson Qiu Executive Producer
Sian Richards Makeup
David Scheunemann Art Director
Uwe Schott Executive Producer
Ivan Sharrock Sound Mixer
Daniela Skala Makeup
Lesley Smith Makeup
Steve Summersgill Art Director
Lucinda Syson Casting
Tony Teo Co-producer
John Toll Cinematographer
Alexander Van Dulmen Co-producer
Christine Wagner Makeup
Roland Winke Sound Mixer
Jeremy Woodhead Makeup

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Cloud Atlas
1. Scene 1 [9:19]
2. Scene 2 [9:45]
3. Scene 3 [12:20]
4. Scene 4 [8:24]
5. Scene 5 [12:39]
6. Scene 6 [8:53]
7. Scene 7 [10:48]
8. Scene 8 [11:50]
9. Scene 9 [10:41]
10. Scene 10 [11:39]
11. Scene 11 [9:06]
12. Scene 12 [10:06]
13. Scene 13 [10:06]
14. Scene 14 [10:01]
15. Scene 15 [9:51]
16. Scene 16 [6:50]
17. Scene 17 [9:20]


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Cloud Atlas 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Frank_Rizzo More than 1 year ago
One of my top 5 favorite movies. Many people find it too challenging, but if you like being jerked in and out of different realities and being challenged with a complex, twisty plot and many interesting characters.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Fantastic, stimulating movie.
barthy More than 1 year ago
Best movie of all time! Well worth owning.