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FILM DETAILS
Certificate 15
Cast
Tom Hanks
Halle Berry
Ben Whishaw
Hugh Grant
Hugo Weaving
Jim Sturgess
Doona Bae
Directors
Lana Wachowski
Andy Wachowski
Tom Tykwer
Screenwriters
Lana Wachowski
Tom Tykwer
Andy Wachowski
Running Time
172 minutes

Cloud Atlas
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Plot
The threads that bind man’s past and future are revealed in six stories that stretch from a 19th-century Pacific island to a far-flung Hawaii via pre-War Edinburgh, ’70s San Francisco, present-day Britain and a dystopian Korea, although not necessarily in that order.


Verdict
Don’t let its commercial nosedive in the US tell the whole story. Cloud Atlas is a tough sell, but a rewarding journey all the same. It’s an adventure into the very concept of storytelling: magical, enthralling and thrilling as much as bewildering, pompous and potty. In other words, up in the clouds.


Reviewed by Ian Nathan

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