Oct 24, 2012 · Yet “Cloud Atlas” cries out for an explanation, and surely you’ve noticed that I’ve been tap-dancing around one. I could tell you that it relates six stories taking place between the years 1849 and 2346. I could tell you that the same actors appear in different roles, playing characters of different races, genders and ages.
D ai Congrong’s bestselling Chinese translation of James Joyce’s Finnegans Wake and the film version of David Mitchell’s 2004 Booker shortlisted novel, Cloud Atlas, both complex fictions about the cyclical nature of life, should warn us against calling anything unfilmable or untranslatable. They are not necessarily proof, however, that they’re …
By June 2010, Tykwer had asked actors Natalie Portman, Tom Hanks, Halle Berry, James McAvoy, and Ian McKellen to star in Cloud Atlas. By April 2011, the Wachowskis joined Tykwer in co-directing the film. 
I would do book first and then movie. I think watching the movie first might ruin some of the magic of the book, but if you read the book first, you can still enjoy the movie as a nice visualization of many of the book’s best parts.
Larry and Lana Wachowski’s Cloud Atlas Cloud Atlas , the unlikely new adaptation by Lana and Andy Wachowski and Tom Tykwer of David Mitchell’s ingenious novel, should do well on DVD, a format whose capacity for endless replay will enable viewers to study at leisure the myriad concurrences binding the movie’s half dozen plots.
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Oct 26, 2012 · Watch video · It tells a big story in an engaging, difficult fashion. It has big names and a big budget. But it also is thematically dense it wants to tell you something through plot, characters, dialogue and symbols. Cloud Atlas is also thankfully a very enjoyable film, much longer and denser than much of what is available today. …
While it does extend its reach at some points, and some might find it a bit pretentious in the grandeur it seems to bath itself in, “Cloud Atlas” is a work of art that takes remarkable actors and pushes the boundaries of age, race, sex and language to create entire new worlds, recycling these veteran actors and seamlessly blending them all together with …
By normal standards, Cloud Atlas is a disappointing movie. If the six stories were disentangled and laid out separately, it would be clear that none of them has much depth or surprise. The movie cuts corners to rush the multitude of shallow characters through their story arcs, which results in a general lack of rhythm.
Oct 26, 2012 · Summary: Based on the best-selling novel by David Mitchell, “Cloud Atlas” explores how the actions and consequences of individual lives impact one another throughout the past, the present and the future.