Saturday, February 9, 2013

Cloud Atlas might be the best film I have seen in years

I just finished watching Cloud Atlas and it might be one of the best films I have seen in years.  It is a sprawling epic of a film that touches on so many different issues and topics that I have no idea how to even describe the film.  I think everyone will take away a different meaning from a flim like this and that is what makes it so amazing.  For me, I found myself thinking about how we live our lives and how interconnected we are, even when we don't see it or understand it.

A line repeated throughout the film is "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 am not sure why, but something about that line touches me in a way that few things do.  It makes me think more about my actions and the world around me.  I think far too often we think of our lives and actions as our own and forget how everything we do has been influenced and effects others and our lives together.

Cloud Atlas is a film that I honestly can't review because it is so ambitious that I wouldn't even know where to start.  I recommend reading Roger Eberts review linked below.  I highly recommend giving this film a try.  It might not work for everyone but I think it is a film that deserves your attention.

Roger Ebert Review:
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