CLOUD ATLAS is a wonderfully crafted film that may possibly be one of those rare films that did not make the blockbuster line-up but completely captures the sensibility of the so-called ‘intelligent’ movie-goers or those that watch not only for entertainment but for the artistic nature of the whole film project.

Cloud Atlas explores how the actions and consequences of individual lives impact one another throughout the past, the present and the future.  Drama, mystery, action and enduring love thread through a story that unfolds in multiple lifetimes as one soul is shaped from a killer into a hero and a single act of kindness ripples across centuries to inspire a revolution.

Everything is connected.

This Warner Bros. Pictures film debuted in the US on October 26 and will open in Philippine Cinemas this coming December 5.  I was one of the few fortunate souls who viewed the advance  screening last Saturday at SM Megamall through the courtesy of SM Cinema and Pioneer Films, the official distributor of Cloud Atlas in the Philippines.

The movie is based on the best-selling novel by David Mitchell, Cloud Atlas is written for the screen and directed by acclaimed filmmakers Lana Wachowski, Tom Tykwer and Andy Wachowski.  It features a stellar ensemble cast led by Tom Hanks, Halle Berry, Jim Broadbent, Hugo Weaving, Jim Sturgess, Doona Bae, Ben Whishaw, James D’Arcy, Xun Zhou, Keith David, Susan Sarandon and Hugh Grant, all appearing in multiple roles.

I don’t want to give out any details about how the novel was translated in film.  But what I can say is, the casting was perfect.  All actors are equally talented and it was a very magical film in the sense of how the whole cast gave life to each of the characters in the story.  I can only imagine how the cast felt in making this movie and having to play multiple roles that are completely different from each other.

It is a very challenging movie to make and the plot made it even more challenging with shifting time frames –  it’s like all the stories are happening at the same time.  Different periods happening all together and somehow inter-connected.  I can only express my admiration for this film so much. You’ll have to see it for yourself to understand what I felt.

To give you a bit of a teaser, here are some of the wonderful quotes in the film:

“Our lives and our choices, each encounter, suggest a new potential direction. Yesterday my life was headed in one direction. Today, it is headed in another. Fear, belief, love, phenomena that determined the course of our lives. These forces begin long before we are born and continue long after we perish. Yesterday, I believe I would have never have done what I did today. I feel like something important has happened to me.”

“A half-finished book is, after all, a half finished love affair.”

“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.”

 “I believe there is a another world waiting for us. A better world.  And I’ll be waiting for you there.”

“There is a natural order to this world, and those who try to upend it do not fare well.’

“My life amounts to no more than one drop in a limitless ocean. Yet what is any ocean, but a multitude of drops? “

Journey across time and explore how fates intertwine when Cloud Atlas opens on December 5, 2012.  Our paths will cross again because I’ll be in cinemas to watch this beautiful film once more.

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