Entertainment

Movie review: Cloud Atlas

Tom Hanks and Halle Berry in a scene from the movie Cloud Atlas.
Tom Hanks and Halle Berry in a scene from the movie Cloud Atlas. Jay Maidment - Warner Bros media website

TO begin to describe the plot line of Cloud Atlas is like trying to find a needle in a haystack. I wouldn't even know where to begin.

Two words to sum up this science fiction fantasy film: too much.

The budget was too much, too many sub story lines within a bigger story line, too many characters, too many directors and too long.

It is a shame that this film was so disappointing given the amazing cast.

The likes of Tom Hanks, Halle Berry, Susan Sarandon and Hugh Grant help play out the adaptation of the novel by David Mitchell.

Mitchell's novel tells six somewhat interrelated stories in a variety of genres spread over a period of 5000 years from 1850 to the future in 2321.

It is not done chronologically and is a willy nilly mish mash of story lines which often are cut during pivotal moments.

I admire the directors for taking on the intricate and often confusing novel, but this one is just too big a project to execute well.

Don't get me wrong, the acting, sets, filming and costumes are amazing, but to be frank, the film is just plain boring.

The film looks at the underlying message of how actions and consequences on individual lives impact one another through past, present or future (or so Warner Bros Pictures tells me).

I enjoyed most of the individual story lines and several of which could become stand alone films.

But put together it just makes for three hours of confusion and pain for the audience.

There is not enough opportunity to get to know individual characters.

The best story line is that of the unscrupulous London publisher who is confined to a retirement home by his brother against his will.

He is cheeky and humorous and plots a plan with his chums to "break out" of their "prison".

The acting has to be applauded.

Each person plays several characters throughout the film-Tom Hanks a scheming doctor aboard a ship in the mid-nineteen century and a Hawaiian tribesman all in one breath.

Cloud Atlas has been well executed and is thrilling at times, but it is just a boring three hours that could be spent better elsewhere.

 


Cloud Atlas

  • Stars: Tom Hanks, Halle Berry, Jim Broadbent, Hugo Weaving, Susan Sarandon, Hugh Grant
  • Director: Lana Wachowski, Tom Tykwer, Andy Wachowski and Larry Wachowski
  • Rated: MA
  • Verdict: Two stars

Topics:  movie review



Stay Connected

Update your news preferences and get the latest news delivered to your inbox.

Police charge man after alleged Kennedy Dr stabbing

Police have charged a man after an altercation in a Tweed Heads West unit.

Police have charged a man after an alleged stabbing in Tweed

Calls for action after six Tweed/Byron police assaulted

Tweed MP Geoff Provest says "no more"

Latest deals and offers

Barnaby Joyce talks Johnny Depp's dogs in Tweed

Deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce talks about Johnny Depp's dogs Pistol and Boo...

Road rage caught on Dashcam

Attack with a baseball bat caught on Dashcam

Video of a violent road rage incident in Orange last December.

Malcolm Turnbull and Barnaby Joyce tour Rockhampton sweet potato farm

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull and Deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce visit a...

Perfect time to invest in Northern Rivers property

The Northern Rivers rental market is tighter than Sydney making it the perfect time for investors to get better returns out of property than superannuation or banks deposits.

Low interest rates and tight rental market are prime time to invest