Directors Tom Tykwer, Andy Wachowski, and Lena Wachowski team up to helm this adaptation of David Mitchell's popular novel Cloud Atlas. The trio put together an all-star cast including Tom Hanks, Halle Berry, Jim Broadbent, and Hugh Grant to play various characters throughout different historical time periods. The various narrative threads weave in and out of each other, painting a portrait of mankind's quest for tolerance and peace throughout the ages as well as the universe.
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Cloud Atlas is the kind of move that makes me love movies. Brilliantly edited, the film criss crosses 6 separate stories across different centuries, that each are related by themes of love and freedom. Many of the same actors play multiple roles with completely different looks and the makeup is terrific. It's best if you don't worry so much about the details of how exactly each story relates, just relax and enjoy the ride. There is even a stunning re-imagining of a city of the future with fantastic action sequences. At it's core it's sort of kitschy, but that's the movies for you. It's hugely ambitious, with moments of sheer filmic bravura.