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Cloud Atlas (2012)

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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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Everything is connected: an 1849 diary of an ocean voyage across the Pacific; letters from a composer to his lover; a thriller about a conspiracy 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 on post-apocalyptic Hawaii far in the future. Written by Anonymous

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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)  »

Also Known As:

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Box Office


$102,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$9,612,247, 28 October 2012, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$27,108,272, 7 July 2013

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$130,482,868, 7 July 2013
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Technical Specs


| (Mainland China Cut Version)


Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


The picture of Halle Berry's character's father originally came from the Korean War National Museum. See more »


On the airplane carrying Isaac Sachs in the 1973 storyline, a newspaper is seen with the visible headlines, "PROP. 13 WINS BIG" and "Younger Wins - To Force Brown". Both California Prop. 13 and the gubernatorial race between Jerry Brown and Evelle J. Younger took place in 1978. The same newspaper appears again later, used to paper over the windows of the sweatshop where Luisa Rey and Joe Napier seek refuge from Bill Smoke. See more »


[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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Crazy Credits

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 »


Chimhyang Moo
Written by Byeong-ki Hwang (as Byungki Hwang)
Performed by Byeong-ki Hwang (as Byungki Hwang)
Taken from the album Chimyang Moo (CNLR0903-2)
Courtesy of C&L Music, Inc.
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A bold, audacious tour-de-force in cinematic storytelling
10 September 2012 | by See all my reviews

This movie is a fusion of several genres (drama, adventure, sci-fi, comedy, romantic tragedy) as well as an attempt for an art-house cerebral movie to attain commercial blockbuster status. In my opinion it mostly succeeds, but finding a large mainstream audience is its biggest challenge to be met (at this point, before wide release).

Imagine taking six short (but big-budget) films with different stories and directors and combining them into an anthology feature, united by a common theme and cast of actors in different roles, and then editing the entire thing out of sequence. The "nested" narrative of the book has been re-arranged for the sake of the visual medium of film, and after first being introduced to the 6 worlds, it's not that hard to keep track of who's who, what's what and where & when. Frankly, it's a shoo-in for an Oscar nomination for Best Editing - it works very well considering the challenge of making it flow coherently.

The cinematography, set & art design, music score and performances range from good to great. The make-up in some cases created a distraction (a Korean woman transformed into a red-haired Caucasian; Hugo Weaving as a buxom female nurse) but it adds a bit of fun to the experience. There's a smörgåsbord of material here for most people: human drama, mystery, violence, sex, adventure, farcical comedy, gloomy sci-fi and occasional romance (both gay and straight). It's 6 movies for the price of one! Just be ready to spend almost 3 hours in your seat and suffer a bit of whiplash as the transitions can get frenetic at times, with multiple cliff-hangers happening simultaneously. Like a good roller-coaster, it has its lulls and rushes. Some might find the finale a bit conventional, sappy or anti-climactic. But there's no denying this is a big, expensive gamble on the part of the Wachowskis and their producers. Hopefully it'll achieve the kind of success they got with the first "Matrix" and not the fate of the abysmal "Speed Racer." (PS I saw the film at its world premiere at TIFF.)

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