#1 Posted by AssInAss (2648 posts) -

Never read the book.

Saw it with a whole group of friends here in Prague. The screenings were packed all day like it was some big franchise movie! I thought it bombed in USA, but I guess Europeans are more receptive to such a movie that balances artiness with commercial. This movie was an event. The levels of Inception, where you're still talking about it long after you've left the cinema.

So much to take away from it. Would gladly watch it again. As days go, I come away with new things like the visual symphony angle.

It was so complex, beautiful, unique, funny, intense, and meaningful. Everyone was laughing during the geriatric mental house parts. The near-western language in post-apolycaptic world was cool to figure out. Some of the best editing/transitions I've ever seen. Ridiculous ambition mixing all genres of movies.

The theme of leaving a positive mark on future generations, how a revolution will have sacrifices and the good consequences won't be immediate until many years later.

"Our lives are not our own, we are bound to others, past and present. And by each crime and every kindness, we birth our future."

#2 Posted by Nightriff (5085 posts) -

It kinda looked like shit and I would rather the Wakowski (?) Siblings do Speed Racer 2. Now THAT was an event

#3 Posted by TooWalrus (13203 posts) -

Nobody can deny that that Cloud Atlas had more Tom Hanks than any other movie this year.

#4 Posted by Veektarius (4837 posts) -

I probably would have seen Cloud Atlas if Tom Hanks weren't in it.

#5 Posted by Wertt (46 posts) -

Loved the book, went into the movie not expecting much, and was pleasantly surprised. Both my wife and I found it moving and effective, more than we anticipated. It actually did manage to capture some of the magic of the book. Each time period really stood on its own and was fun to watch. That said, after the movie was over we heard some audience members who were clearly confused by what they had just seen...so reading the book probably helps a lot.

#6 Posted by MariachiMacabre (7096 posts) -

I saw both Cloud Atlas and Inception and Cloud Atlas is nowhere near as good.

#7 Posted by qawsed (143 posts) -

It's the Catherine of cinema.

It's the greatest thing in the world, and the worst thing ever.

#8 Posted by commonoutlier (136 posts) -

I really enjoyed that movie, probably my favorite that I saw this fall (I'm not sure where it ranks in my overall favorite movies, though). Haven’t read the book, but I certainly want to after seeing it. It is also definitely one of those movies you have to see twice to see everything...unfortunately I did not have the chance to before it left theaters where I live.

It seemed to me to be one of those very ambitious, unusual movies that you’d think would only be made by some indie studio who didn’t have the resources to do the story justice, yet here we are with big names in it like Tom Hanks (which I know isn't everyone's cup of tea). It also reminded me a bit of The Fountain (2006), which is another movie I quite enjoyed. Of course, it is also one of those movies I could see confusing people (luckily I wasn't one of them)...

#9 Posted by stinky (1549 posts) -

hope it does well, its not your regular up of tea movie which is a good thing.   
and probably the most ambitious movie i've ever seen as well. 
 
 
never read the book and i dont think its necessary, but referring to my first line, i can see why people may be confused as it leaves the typical hollywood formula.  bad guys commit a crime, good guys go after bad guys, good guys win. 
  
you have to think in this one, can't just go there to escape the real world.

#10 Edited by Bourbon_Warrior (4523 posts) -
#11 Posted by Wikitoups (822 posts) -

@qawsed said:

It's the Catherine of cinema.

It's the greatest thing in the world, and the worst thing ever.

#12 Posted by DriveupLife (915 posts) -

I thought the movie was great. Every different setting had a good storyline that kept my attention during this marathon of a movie (and I only took one bathroom break I think). Favorite Timeline was the Cloud Atlas Symphony timeline, least favorite was the riding across the ocean during slavery timeline. Overall great movie.

#13 Posted by HistoryInRust (6316 posts) -

@Nightriff said:

It kinda looked like shit and I would rather the Wakowski (?) Siblings do Speed Racer 2. Now THAT was an event

Goddamnit, I fucking loved Speed Racer.

#14 Posted by OllyOxenFree (4973 posts) -

Watched it with my brother and we both enjoyed it. He was a bit taken aback by how confused it left him but I just enjoyed the film as a whole. Really left you thinking after it has ended.
 
And thinking is good. I think.

#15 Edited by Vonocourt (2130 posts) -

Went in with casual disinterest, left with casual disinterest. It was impressive how the movie more or less managed to handle like six storylines at the same time without devolving into a giant mess, but all to often the movie had a monologue from a character going over a montage of "high stakes" moments in the other storylines. That and none of the storyies were really that interesting by themselves(especially the future's future, true true). But goddamn it if Keith David didn't instantly wake me up when he popped up.

#16 Posted by LibraryDues (342 posts) -

I really enjoyed it, and it's a shame that it's bombed as badly as it has. It's flawed in a lot of ways, but it's stuck with me in a way few flicks have this year, and had some really striking moments (I'm thinking of the ship rigging / Neo Soul bridge crosscutting and Hugo Weaving's Old Georgie confronting Tom Hanks as they climb the Hawaiian volcano).

Not to mention how shockingly well paced it was. Almost three hours, and I don't think I was ever bored.

Sadly the film's dialogue doesn't measure up to the visuals, and the themes are far more eloquently expressed through the editing and the connections between the actors (like Jim Sturgess's freeing slaves across different stories) than when a character gives a big speech about the meaning of the movie, which is mainly a dull word salad of new-agey buzzwords. Sonmi's big climactic broadcast kinda lands with a thud. I much preferred Hugo Weaving's big harangue about the naiveté and futility of the abolitionist movement, which *was* actually quite moving, given what the audience knows about that history.

The strengths definitely outweighed the weaknesses, though. And it has Hugh Grant eating people and Keith David running around in pretty much the exact costume from Shaft, so that's a big plus.

#17 Posted by Nightriff (5085 posts) -

@HistoryInRust said:

@Nightriff said:

It kinda looked like shit and I would rather the Wakowski (?) Siblings do Speed Racer 2. Now THAT was an event

Goddamnit, I fucking loved Speed Racer.

Hell yeah you did. Speed Racer was fucking amazing and everyone I have shown it too thought it was going to be terrible and loved it at the end. Fucking awesome movie.

#18 Posted by AssInAss (2648 posts) -

@commonoutlier said:

I really enjoyed that movie, probably my favorite that I saw this fall (I'm not sure where it ranks in my overall favorite movies, though). Haven’t read the book, but I certainly want to after seeing it. It is also definitely one of those movies you have to see twice to see everything...unfortunately I did not have the chance to before it left theaters where I live.

It seemed to me to be one of those very ambitious, unusual movies that you’d think would only be made by some indie studio who didn’t have the resources to do the story justice, yet here we are with big names in it like Tom Hanks (which I know isn't everyone's cup of tea). It also reminded me a bit of The Fountain (2006), which is another movie I quite enjoyed. Of course, it is also one of those movies I could see confusing people (luckily I wasn't one of them)...

Pretty much what Moviebob mentions in his review:

#19 Posted by Colourful_Hippie (4352 posts) -

I should watch that, it looked really ambitious in what it was trying to do but I could easily see the thing caving in on itself.

#20 Posted by envane (1163 posts) -

osamu tezuka's Phoenix does very similar things with its grand story that spans the entirety of human existence , i haven't read the book of cloud atlas but i totally see similarities int he way the films narrative has been constructed, definitely some homage in there.

but yeh ..overall its a pretty awesome , transcendental and evocative movie.

#21 Posted by TheSouthernDandy (3872 posts) -

I thought it was pretty interesting, if somewhat of a huge mess of a movie. Some of the stories fit together better then others and there were pretty great performances all around. The makeup in the future Korea sections was bad enough to be distracting but the rest of the visuals did a good job of picking up the slack. The people I went with pretty much all hated it and I can understand why the movie bombed. But yeah, interesting experiment, I'd probably give it another watch.

#22 Posted by Trainer_Red (314 posts) -

@Nightriff: Hey.. Some of us liked Speed Racer.

#23 Posted by Nightriff (5085 posts) -

@Trainer_Red: I fucking loved the movie, why I wanted to see a sequel over....this

#24 Posted by Mastercheesey (220 posts) -

I thought the idea of reincarnation wasn't complex at all and that the movie was extremely disappointing.

#25 Posted by Trainer_Red (314 posts) -

@Nightriff: Ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh. - Read that differently.

But yeah... Speed Racer was awesome and it deserves at least a solid trilogy AT LEAST.

#26 Posted by GERALTITUDE (3327 posts) -

I don't know, I didn't really enjoy Cloud Atlas at all. It felt very much like the Heaven's Gate of our generation: overly ambitious, stretched thin, and without real heart.

#27 Posted by Little_Socrates (5677 posts) -

I really hope to see it soon.

#28 Posted by the_OFFICIAL_jAPanese_teaBAG (4308 posts) -

Yeah I wanted to watch it but then it got a shitty review in the paper but at the same time people who watched it said it was an interesting movie and that I should watch it.......  I really should stop listening to my local paper's reviews.  Its the reason why I didnt watch 21 Jump Street because the snobby reviewer said she didnt find the movie funny.  All of my friends said that movie was hilarious.  

#29 Posted by GalacticPunt (1057 posts) -

Crap, this thread reminds me that I need to see that movie. Thanks!

Glad to hear that it's doing better overseas. The closer it gets to breaking even, the more that the Wachowski siblings can continue to do their own freaky thing.

#30 Posted by kindgineer (2728 posts) -

It looks like a movie that is trying to hard, or will simply fly over my head. I'm in no means a movie-fanatic, so a lot of times the "meanings" of movies completely miss their mark. It looks interesting, but unless it crosses my path in some way down the road, I doubt I'll fancy it a watch. I'm glad to hear people are enjoying it, though.

#31 Posted by AssInAss (2648 posts) -
@the_OFFICIAL_jAPanese_teaBAG
Yeah I wanted to watch it but then it got a shitty review in the paper but at the same time people who watched it said it was an interesting movie and that I should watch it.......  I really should stop listening to my local paper's reviews.  Its the reason why I didnt watch 21 Jump Street because the snobby reviewer said she didnt find the movie funny.  All of my friends said that movie was hilarious.  
You missed out on the best comedy this year? Yeah stop listening to that rag :P
#32 Posted by Nightriff (5085 posts) -

@Trainer_Red said:

@Nightriff: Ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh. - Read that differently.

But yeah... Speed Racer was awesome and it deserves at least a solid trilogy AT LEAST.

Fuck that, Saga. Shit Star Wars getting a 7th, Speed Racer should be like the Bond franchise then

#33 Posted by commonoutlier (136 posts) -

@AssInAss: Haha, I'm not surprised, my friends and I tend to have similar opinions (of course not always) as MovieBob...plus some of his ideas probably rub off on me since my friends watch his show, and we talk about movies we all see frequently (including "what did MovieBob say about it").

#34 Posted by TheUnsavedHero (1255 posts) -

It looked interesting to me and I did want to see it. Alas, I am single. Going to the movies alone just seems weird to me. When it comes out on DVD, I'll watch it then,

#35 Posted by AssInAss (2648 posts) -

@commonoutlier said:

@AssInAss: Haha, I'm not surprised, my friends and I tend to have similar opinions (of course not always) as MovieBob...plus some of his ideas probably rub off on me since my friends watch his show, and we talk about movies we all see frequently (including "what did MovieBob say about it").

Yeah, sometimes he has a big comic book bias and the Sucker Punch loving still confuses me even after his explanations but on just normal films me and him have aligned opinions.

#36 Posted by Wrighteous86 (3782 posts) -

@Trainer_Red said:

But yeah... Speed Racer was awesome and it deserves at least a solid trilogy AT LEAST.

So does The Matrix.

Boom!

#37 Posted by Getz (3017 posts) -

Cloud Atlas was the shit. Best movie I saw all year.

#38 Posted by Fredddi43 (332 posts) -

I haven't watched it yet, but thanks to bringing it back in focus! I will definitely go watch it now, after seeing the trailer again. Getting some Tron, Hugo, Inception and Drive waves, and I love all of those movies. Hoping it is as good as that makes it feel.

#39 Posted by benpicko (2008 posts) -

People actually liked Speed Racer? Why?

#40 Posted by SSully (4191 posts) -

Easily one of my biggest disappointments this year is missing this movie while in theater's. I loved the book and was ecstatic for the movie, but by the time I was able to go, it was not longer in my local theaters.

#41 Posted by Bourbon_Warrior (4523 posts) -

@AssInAss said:

@commonoutlier said:

I really enjoyed that movie, probably my favorite that I saw this fall (I'm not sure where it ranks in my overall favorite movies, though). Haven’t read the book, but I certainly want to after seeing it. It is also definitely one of those movies you have to see twice to see everything...unfortunately I did not have the chance to before it left theaters where I live.

It seemed to me to be one of those very ambitious, unusual movies that you’d think would only be made by some indie studio who didn’t have the resources to do the story justice, yet here we are with big names in it like Tom Hanks (which I know isn't everyone's cup of tea). It also reminded me a bit of The Fountain (2006), which is another movie I quite enjoyed. Of course, it is also one of those movies I could see confusing people (luckily I wasn't one of them)...

Pretty much what Moviebob mentions in his review:

Uh WTF? Never realized this is what the movie was. I would pay to see those last 2 concepts as they are, maybe the Wachoski siblings back in form.

#42 Posted by Bourbon_Warrior (4523 posts) -

@AssInAss said:

@the_OFFICIAL_jAPanese_teaBAG
Yeah I wanted to watch it but then it got a shitty review in the paper but at the same time people who watched it said it was an interesting movie and that I should watch it....... I really should stop listening to my local paper's reviews. Its the reason why I didnt watch 21 Jump Street because the snobby reviewer said she didnt find the movie funny. All of my friends said that movie was hilarious.
You missed out on the best comedy this year? Yeah stop listening to that rag :P

Never pay attention to most movies critics, they are too pretentious to like a good comedy\action movie. I get my reviews from Spill.com as like this site they seem to fit into the stuff I like.

#43 Posted by Trainer_Red (314 posts) -

@Nightriff said:

@Trainer_Red said:

@Nightriff: Ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh. - Read that differently.

But yeah... Speed Racer was awesome and it deserves at least a solid trilogy AT LEAST.

Fuck that, Saga. Shit Star Wars getting a 7th, Speed Racer should be like the Bond franchise then

YES. I was just too proud to say it, but since its out there... FUCK YESSSSSS.

#44 Posted by the_OFFICIAL_jAPanese_teaBAG (4308 posts) -
@Bourbon_Warrior said:

@AssInAss said:

@the_OFFICIAL_jAPanese_teaBAG
Yeah I wanted to watch it but then it got a shitty review in the paper but at the same time people who watched it said it was an interesting movie and that I should watch it....... I really should stop listening to my local paper's reviews. Its the reason why I didnt watch 21 Jump Street because the snobby reviewer said she didnt find the movie funny. All of my friends said that movie was hilarious.
You missed out on the best comedy this year? Yeah stop listening to that rag :P

Never pay attention to most movies critics, they are too pretentious to like a good comedy\action movie. I get my reviews from Spill.com as like this site they seem to fit into the stuff I like.

Noted.  Now whenever I see her reviews I just roll my eyes and put the paper down.  Ive noticed that she only gives dumb documentaries 5s all the time.  
#45 Posted by Bourbon_Warrior (4523 posts) -

@the_OFFICIAL_jAPanese_teaBAG said:

@Bourbon_Warrior said:

@AssInAss said:

@the_OFFICIAL_jAPanese_teaBAG
Yeah I wanted to watch it but then it got a shitty review in the paper but at the same time people who watched it said it was an interesting movie and that I should watch it....... I really should stop listening to my local paper's reviews. Its the reason why I didnt watch 21 Jump Street because the snobby reviewer said she didnt find the movie funny. All of my friends said that movie was hilarious.
You missed out on the best comedy this year? Yeah stop listening to that rag :P

Never pay attention to most movies critics, they are too pretentious to like a good comedy\action movie. I get my reviews from Spill.com as like this site they seem to fit into the stuff I like.

Noted. Now whenever I see her reviews I just roll my eyes and put the paper down. Ive noticed that she only gives dumb documentaries 5s all the time.

If you haven't visited that site before listen to the Lockout audio review, shit gets out of hand real fast shows how passionate they are about even the dumbest of movies