From October 29, 2012
I really enjoyed this movie. I'm not sure that I understood everything that went on, but I know I liked what I saw.
It was a very interesting movie. I was surprised at how often (and fluidly) they switched back-and-forth between time periods. It put 'Pulp Fiction' to shame.
I also had a lot of fun picking out the actors in each time period.
There's some very interesting things done withlanguage and culture in the future scenes, how they speak in the future and who gets deified. Neo Seoul (circa 2160s) has some pretty interesting technology, like image-shifting walls, GUI holograms, holographic roads, and human clones (and how they are treated).
I'll write a more thorough review after I let it sink in a while. I might even read the book before writing my review, so that might take a while, but I'll leave you with this from Wikipedia:
Film critic Roger Ebert praised the film for being "one of the most ambitious films ever made", awarding the film four out of four stars. He wrote "Even as I was watching Cloud Atlas the first time, I knew I would need to see it again. Now that I've seen it the second time, I know I'd like to see it a third time ... I think you will want to see this daring and visionary film ... I was never, ever bored by Cloud Atlas. On my second viewing, I gave up any attempt to work out the logical connections between the segments, stories and characters."
Variety described it as "an intense three-hour mental workout rewarded with a big emotional payoff. ... One's attention must be engaged at all times as the mosaic triggers an infinite range of potentially profound personal responses."