Die opulente Reise durch Zeit (1849, 1936, 1973, 2012, 2144, 2321) und Raum, Epochen und Moden, Gedankenwelten und Weltansichten verdichtet sich zu einem bildgewaltigen Abenteuerfilm der nicht jedemans geschmackt trifft. Durch das hin und her der Zeiten und Epochen, wirkt der Film unübersichtlich und zu Komplex für den durchschnitsszuschauer, wenn man müde ist oder nicht sonderlich aufnahmebereit, wird er einen überfordern. Da ich den Roman selber nicht kenne, kann ich nicht mit diesem Vergleichen, alleridngs schreiben viele daovn, das er Inhaltlich doch abgewandelt ist, wie so oft bei Buch und Romanverfilumungen. Egal aber in welchem Zeitstück man sich hier befindet, die Geschichten sind lieebvoll und mit hang zu detail gestalltet, die Menge der Stars in teils kuriosen Rollen tut seinen Rest. Der Film ist großartiges Kino, ein hauch von Magie... wenn man sich den Zeit und Verständnis nimmt, diesen Film zu erleben und verstehen. Der durchschnittskinogänger wird überfordert sein, sollte sich aber Zeit nehmen... es lohnt sich!
This 2012 sci-fi drama features seemingly random stories set in six differing time periods from 1849 to 106 winters after the fall [2250?] each having multiple plots. As the film progresses so we begin to see the connections between each of the stories. The beginning is somewhat confusing as your suddenly whisked from one era to another but you soon begin to piece it all together. Basically it’s an exploration of how the individual actions can impact one another in the past, present and future, and how history repeats itself through the generations. The acting is truly acting as the participants not only change characters, but often gender as well, depending on the era it is set. The German version has the original English 5.1 audio but you cannot turn off the German subtitles. This isn’t an issue as it is in letterbox format and the subtitles are mainly confined to the bottom black bar. The film is an awesome experience and maintains an intriguing pace throughout its almost 3 hour length and the ending seems very emotional, even though it really isn’t. A definite ***** family view but some will find the ‘devolved’ future language difficult to follow [reminiscent of ‘Firefly’].
Cloud Atlas is ahead of its time. It is quite ambitious and I can understand that many people may find it too complicated and too complex (two different things). It also puts forth some notions about reincarnation and religion that will not please the orthodox in the viewing public.
Years from now, people will look back and talk about this picture like they talk about "Citizen Kane" and "2001 A Space Odyssey", which were not box-office hits in their time but were later recognised as works of art and landmarks in cinema.
The average audience will not understand Cloud Atlas, that's for sure. But then, the average audience elected "Iron Man 3" as the best film of 2013, so there is hardly any point in arguing the virtues of Cloud Atlas with them.
I enjoyed it thoroughly and recommend it to anyone interested in a film that challenges your understanding, yet is more entertaining than your typical "art-house" film. And the make-up artists are serious candidates for the Oscar.
It's one of those films that need watching a few times, this my first time, I found it hard going during the first half of the film trying to link the six stories being told, the time span covering several hundred years past present and future. The characters remain the same 'cast-wise' telling tales throughout their different lives down the ages. Somehow the different stories cleverly inter-link reaching there own conclusion. Watching it a second time would without question bring the stories together at an earlier stage, you wouldn't be struggling to make the link. Great cast list, interesting and clever concept............worth giving it a go.