Cloud Atlas DVD cover

Tom Tykwer, Andy Wachowski, Lana Wachowski, 2012


Marvel as Tom Hanks switches between prosthetic noses to play six characters from six eras. Smack your gob at the sight of Hugh Grant as a 24th-century cannibal. Flabber your gast as Susan Sarandon speaks in shamanic tribal gibberish.

The Wachowskis and Tom Twyker tackle David Mitchell’s fantastical, bemusing, genre-hopping novel with commensurate audacity: the nightmarish, clone-populated world of Neo Seoul AD2144 looks like Blade Runner reinvigorated, while the pidgin English spoken on an off-Earth colony in AD2321 is descended from the broken dialects in Russell Hoban and Anthony Burgess’s dystopian fiction. Provided you brush aside the bland metaphysical musings, this is a fine fantasy romp.

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