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Cloud Atlas - Film Review

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by Rebecca Kerr (subscribe)
Freelance writer/photographer living in Perth, Western Australia. Visit my website
Published January 1st 2013
A new style of film storytelling
A feature film with three directors - how is this even possible? We are not even talking about co-directing, or second unit directing, we are talking about three directors each with the same amount of responsibility. Producers where at first weary to give this group funding to make their film, but they must have made one hell of a pitch, because they got their funding.

Cloud Atlas
Cloud Atlas - In Cinemas around Australia on 21st February 2013

The film, 'Cloud Atlas', a tells single main story but in the form of six smaller stories found in Past, Present and Future. Each of the time-lines interlink with one another to tell multiple stories, such as how a soul turns from a killer to a hero, and how a single act of kindness can ripple through time and change the future.

In fact, the story is so complex that they needed to make an extended trailer and a featurette in order to explain the story to everyone. Everyone involved in the project admits that this was an ambitious project and that it is something that has never been tried before in film.

"It's exciting in every way and it's a film that hasn't been made before. It's not just another film." - Hugo Weaving

"They were wanting to push, you know, cinematic boundaries and they were very clear about that." - Jim Sturgess

The main actors play six different characters, one for each storyline. To me, this just adds to the beauty of the story. And the complex structure excites me more than it scares me.

To be honest I still have no idea what the whole story is about. Watching the featurette and the trailer just threw more confusion around. But what it did do was spark my interest. Something new to see with a new style and technique. This is what excites me the most.
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