Cloud Atlas (♦♦♦♦)

In the past, a young, aspiring musician gains a coveted position as the assistant of an aging composer; another young man of means embarks on a quest to foreign lands to assist his father-in-law in managing a estate whose labor force is slave; this young man’s life is saved by an escaped slave, thus changing both men perceptions of each other and slavery as a whole. In present day, a journalist stumbles upon a story--surrounding a nuclear plant-- that endangers her life and those of the people connected to it. In a distant future, a mass-produced woman leads a revolution to topple the status quo.

Karma, the connection of lives through the fabric of time is what Cloud Atlas is about. The stories are told in glorious detail; this movie is a feast for the eyes, a giant leap of imagination. Great makeup, costume designs, and astonishing visual effects are almost breathing elements in the story…The subplots are hard to follow, though; it’s difficult to summarize what the movie is about. Aside from that, Cloud Atlas is by far one of the most beautiful films I have ever seen.

A star studded cast delivers top notch acting led by Tom Hanks, Halle Berry, Jim Broadbent (The Iron Lady), Jim Sturgess (Across the Universe), Susan Sarandon, Hugo Weaving (Captain America: The First Avenger), Hugh Grant, Ben Whishaw (Brideshead Revisited), Keith David, and Jim D’Arcy (W.E.).

Overall, Cloud Atlas is a movie event that shouldn’t be missed!