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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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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 (Hotel Manager) / 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 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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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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Trivia

In 2005, while on the London set of V for Vendetta (2005), Natalie Portman gave a copy of the original novel to Lana Wachowski, who became deeply interested in it. A year later, both Wachowski siblings wrote a first draft of the screenplay. Tom Tykwer, a friend of the Wachowskis, was invited to co-author several subsequent drafts with them in the following two years, constantly keeping in mind observations by the book's author himself, David Mitchell, while looking for international investors. In all those years, Portman was promised the role of Sonmi-451, but had to turn down the role at the last minute after becoming pregnant in 2010. However, she is given a special thanks in the closing credits. See more »

Goofs

When the young teenage customer at Papa Song's squirts the white mayonnaise-looking condiment all over Yoona-939's back, he shoots it all up over her right shoulder, but when Yoona-939 turns around to punch him, all of the condiment is concentrated on the center of her back, it's no longer on her shoulder. 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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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 »

Connections

References Akira (1988) See more »

Soundtracks

Looking For Freedom
Music by Jack White
Lyrics by Gary Cowtan
Performed by David Hasselhoff
© by Radiomusic - International (50% for Germany/Austria/Switzerland) / Young Music Publishing (Remaining World)
Courtesy of Universal Music Publishing Group (Germany)
Mit Freundlicher Genehmigung von Sony Music Entertainment Germany GmbH
Courtesy of Sony Music Entertainment Germany GmbH
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User Reviews

 
The Wachowskis join forces with Tom Tykwer and overhaul the meaning of the word Epic!
8 September 2012 | by (Toronto) – See all my reviews

Kudos to all the filmmakers for adapting this famously "unfilmable" novel in such an inventive way. There are SIX separate timelines that switch after every scene, but instead of the plot, the narrative continuity follows the theme of the film. Once you clue in to that overall theme, it is no longer confusing when the story jumps from a runaway slave in the 1800s to a post apocalyptic future battle between some of the last humans remaining on earth.

All this audacious style and structure makes Cloud Atlas a curiosity to say the least, but the film is lifted to the realm of "Masterpiece" by the all-star ensemble cast. This impressive collection of actors fires off amazing performances like the Expendables 2 fires off high caliber bullets. I mean this will long be considered one of the greatest acting clinics ever filmed, and a high point in some already outstanding careers, as the end credits alone are astonishing to watch.

Overall this is a movie that transcends the simple elements of stars and plots and special effects, and boldly assumes to take the cinema to another level of storytelling, much like Avatar took film to a new level of technology a few years ago. The ambition, the technical brilliance and the passion that was put into this film makes it one of the great epics of our time.


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