I really don't know how to review this movie … I've had a hard time figuring out if it was good or bad.
I certainly know that there are elements I really liked (Hugo Weaving) and elements I didn't like (unnecessary nudity and cursing).
The movie (and I presume, the book) follows the lives of 6 people at different time periods and how their stories are connected - even though they really aren't.
Through the discovery of diaries, memoirs, and published works from the various characters - The movie switches between a story from the 1800's that follows a young Lord traveling to America to take part in his fiance's family slave trade to a 1930's composer discovering the memoirs of the Lord's travels to the 1970's with a reporter uncovering a scandal that inadvertently discovers love letters from the '30's composer to a future where a clone rises up to expose a horrific truth about existence to a post-apocalyptic world where some are far advanced and others are barbarians.
The plot borrows elements from so many stories and lacks overall originality.
Some visuals are stunning. Some of the acting is incredible as each "star" plays six or more roles in the film through different subplots.
|Hugo Weaving as Smoke - The Devil|
I would rate Cloud Atlas ★★★★★ (2 out of 5)
I'm not sure if the book is better, but it would seem that it couldn't be and might be even more confusing than the movie was.
I'm also leery of one theme … that there are no heroes - we simply slip into slavery and servitude and the heroes matter not because we will soon slip again.