Truly In The Clouds Here!

October 27, 2012 at 2:46 AM (current news, human life issues, movie reviews, music and entertainment, social opinion, web gossip) (, , , , , )

What a treat!  I will be honest, in that I am not certain that I can give an accurate description of all that I saw in an adequate blog entry.  Yet, I will do my best effort at putting forth a recollection of what I found to be an amazing cinematic experience!

The film Cloud Atlas follows the stories of characters throughout different versions of themselves over extended periods of time.  A boat leaving New Zealand during the 1800’s is sailing to The Americas, carrying refugees.  Dr. Henry Goose (Tom Hanks) is aboard the ship, and he is poisoning one of the refugees called Autua (David Gyasi)  who has been working to keep the ship together.  Yet, a monstrous storm strikes, and as the ship nearly sinks, Autua saves Dr. Goose from drowning.  This forever changes the doctor’s racist views of the New Zealand refugees.

Robert Frobisher (Ben Whishaw) was a musical composer during the 1930’s.  His musical works involved assisting with the compositions of fellow artist Vyvyan Ayrs (Jim Broadbent).  He goes onto compose his masterpiece, The Cloud Atlas Sextet, during which he flees his home.  Yet, Frobisher has left with a female who does not love him as he loves her, so he completes The Sextet, he mails it to his pal, Rufus Sixsmith (James D’ Arcy), then he kills himself!

At the end of the 20th century, a writer named Luisa Rey (Halle Berry) meets an aged physicist named Rufus Sixsmith.  She has learned that a nuclear power company is planning to gain control of a nuclear reactor.  It’s activation will make it immediately unstable.  Rey knows that if Sixsmith releases a report about the reactor, it will have the possibility to save lives.  She winds up meeting a reporter named Isaac Sachs (Tom Hanks), who means to assist her.

Rey and Sachs suddenly are sidelined when the company C.E.O. Albert Grimaldi (Hugh Grant) gets wind of their actions.  Security agents Joe Napier (Keith David) and Bill Smoke (Hugo Weaving), are sent to catch Rey.  While searching for her, they kill Sixsmith to prevent him from releasing his report, and nearly try to kill Rey!   Meanwhile, scientist Sachs has fallen in love with her, but he is killed in an airplane explosion that was set up by Smoke.  He gets into a death fight with Napier, then, after the reports have been read, it is Rey who is able to start the shutdown of the nuclear reactor!

A publishing company owned by a Mr. Tim Cavendish (Jim Broadbent) is being coerced into paying $500,000.  Cavendish tries to earn the funds through working at a nursing home, yet he is forced to remain at the center, as he is lead to believe that it is a hotel.  The center facilitator, Nurse Hoakes (Hugo Weaving) prevents Cavendish from leaving, yet Cavendish works out a plan to escape with two other trapped residents!

A Korean clone called Somni-41 (Donna Bae) was created to work at Papa’s Song fast food restaurant.  She advances, becoming more aware and seeemingly sentient, so Somni-41 flees the fast food scene to enroll into college.  Somni-41 learns, and she meets a male companion, Hae-Joo Im (Jim Sturgess).  They explore the city, and Im admits that he is a part of the revolution that is acting against the current government.  He shows Somni-41 where clones are being destroyed for their parts, and she proceeds to write a public notice on behalf of clones.  This leads to Somni-41’s arrest, where she goes onto recognize that she merely has been a creation of social whim!

Lastly, Zachary (Tom Hanks) is a tribal resident of a post-apocalyptic Hawai’i.  A woman with a more advanced tribe called The Prescincts asks Zachary to live with them.  She is Meronym (Halle Berry), and she develops a relationship with Zachary.  It is during The Prescinct ritual mountain climbing that Zachary is confronted by their embodiment of Death, Old Georgie (Hugo Weaving).  Old Georgie tempts Zachary to kill Meronym, but Zachary does not kill her.  The seeming outcome is that an enemy tribe attack their clan, killing or enslaving all of those who resist them.  Zachary and Meronym escape the island, managing to survive for many years afterward.

The story actually was very entertaining, though it had MANY twists and turns!  I likely did not get it all right, did not get it all complete, and need to see it again.  I would like to see it again, as it was entertaining, and it indeed was a visually stunning film!  I would recommend it to any and all sci-fi/adventure film fans, as well as those whom like possible mystery stories.  Cloud Atlas indeed could fall within that realm!

Cloud Atlas Poster

The next major films come with the start of November.  The first weekend of the month brings The Man With the Iron Fists, featuring Russell Crowe, Pam Grier. Lucy Liu, and RZA!  That same day also has Flight and Wreck-It Ralph!  More November films to anticipate include Hitchcock, Red Dawn, Rise of the Guardians, Skyfall, and The Twilight Saga:  Breaking Dawn Part 2!


Watchin’ Hottie Berry….  mmph!!!


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