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Cloud Atlas (2012)

R  |   |  Drama, Sci-Fi  |  26 October 2012 (USA)
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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.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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Dr. Henry Goose / Hotel Manager / Isaac Sachs / Dermot Hoggins / Cavendish Look-a-Like Actor / Zachry
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Native Woman / Jocasta Ayrs / Luisa Rey / Indian Party Guest / Ovid / Meronym
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Captain Molyneux / Vyvyan Ayrs / Timothy Cavendish / Korean Musician / Prescient 2
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Adam Ewing / Poor Hotel Guest / Megan's Dad / Highlander / Hae-Joo Chang / Adam (Zachry's Brother-in-Law)
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Tilda / Megan's Mom / Mexican Woman / Sonmi-451 / Sonmi-351 / Sonmi Prostitute
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Cabin Boy / Robert Frobisher / Store Clerk / Georgette / Tribesman
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Kupaka / Joe Napier / An-kor Apis / Prescient
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Talbot / Yoona-939 / Rose
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Autua / Lester Rey / Duophysite
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Madame Horrox / Older Ursula / Yusouf Suleiman / Abbess
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Robert Fyfe ...
Old Salty Dog / Mr. Meeks / Prescient 1
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Mr. Boerhaave / Guard / Leary the Healer
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Storyline

Everything is connected: an 1849 diary of an ocean voyage across the Pacific; letters from a composer to his lover; a thriller about a murder at a nuclear power plant; a farce about a publisher in a nursing home; a rebellious clone in futuristic Korea; and the tale of a tribe living in post-apocalyptic Hawaii, far in the future. Written by Anonymous

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Drama | Sci-Fi

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for violence, language, sexuality/nudity and some drug use | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

26 October 2012 (USA)  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$102,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$9,612,247 (USA) (26 October 2012)

Gross:

$27,098,580 (USA) (18 January 2013)
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With a budget of over $100,000,000, Cloud Atlas is one of the most expensive german films to date. See more »

Goofs

John Gardner's "Win, Lose or Die" is seen on the 1973 bookshelf of Luisa Rey during the conversation with Joe Napier. This book was first published in 1989. The same bookshelf contains The Defector by Howard Reynolds, which was published in 1987. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Zachry: [shivering beside the fire] Oh, lonesome night. And babbits bawling, the wind biting the bone. Wind like this... full of voices. Ancestry howling at you, yibbering stories, all voices tied up into one. One voice differing. One voice, whispering out there, spying from the dark. The fangy devil, Old Georgie hisself. Mm. Now your ear up close, and I'll yarn you about the first time we met, eye to eye.
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When a montage is shown of all the characters the actors are playing, the font of the names changes with each time period. See more »


Soundtracks

Chimhyang Moo
Written by Byungki Hwang
Performed by Byungki Hwang
Taken from the album Chimyang Moo
Courtesy of C&L Music, Inc.
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A Powerful Spectacle
9 September 2012 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

I didn't find it to be a mess at all, and it was certainly the best thing the Wachowskis have ever done. I'm not sure how the directing duties were distributed, so I'll uniformly praise Tom Tykwer as well.

I haven't read the book, so I can't make any comparisons there, but I don't often leave a film adaptation wanting to read the novel afterwards, as I did after seeing this.

Visually stunning, epic in scope, a strong score; the sort of film that you're constantly amazed was ever made and happy it was. Equal parts comedy, romance, thriller, and dystopian speculative fiction, it really is an astounding mix of disparate elements.

The biggest overall failure was definitely some of the make-up effects

  • trying to turn Doona Bae into a believable red-headed Caucasian woman


was simply distracting - but the overall art & sound design was incredible.

If I could turn channels while watching TV and switch between stories and narratives as seamlessly and as deftly as the editing in Cloud Atlas, it would honestly be hard to go back to simply watching one show at a time.

Truly a marvel of multitasking on so many levels. Great stuff.


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