25 October 2012 10:28 PM, PDT | Beyond Hollywood | See recent Beyond Hollywood news »

Everything about “Cloud Atlas”—the latest film from “The Matrix” helmers the Wachowskis and “Run Lola Run” director Tom Tykwer—is big. The film has a big cast—both in name and number—big ideas, big scope, big run time (172 minutes), and, for the most part, big payoff. And the biggest thing of all is the film’s ambition. Boy howdy do the filmmakers set out to accomplish a great many things in adapting David Mitchell’s best-selling novel. And the film features multiple references to “Soylent Green”, which is one surefire way to gain my favor. “Cloud Atlas” could easily have turned out a jumbled mish mash of ideas, time periods, actors, and themes. Half a dozen stories unfold in an equal number of historical epochs, running the gamut from the distant past to a remote, post-atomic future. Though these tales share no immediate ties, they are linked thematically. »

- Brent McKnight

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