The Grade Book: “Cloud Atlas”







Cloud Atlas

Plot: Six stories (past, present, and future) are interconnected by a soul and how acts of kindness or bitterness affect future outcomes. 

Director: Tom Tykwer, Lana Wachowski, and Andy Wachowski. 

Writer: Tom Tykwer, Lana Wachowski, and Andy Wachowski.

Cast: Tom Hanks, Halle Berry, Hugh  Grant, Jim Sturgess, Hugo Weaving, Jim Broadbent, Doona Bae, and Ben Whishaw. 

Genre: Drama, Mystery, Sci-fi. 

Running Time: 2 hours and 52 minutes.

MPAA Rating: R.




SUMMARY OF THOUGHTS: Cloud Atlas is slow-paced and doesn’t fully work, yet its filmmakers’ ambitious efforts make it worthwhile. The visual effects and cinematography are remarkable, and the cast does a fine enough job with playing multiple roles.



  • Chad Gleason (MovieManCHAD):


Grade: A-

One of the best of 2012 and maybe the most ambitious film I’ve ever seen!

  • Scott Menzel:

Grade: B+

While the film is rather slow-paced and hard to follow at times, Cloud Atlas is beautifully shot, features excellent acting, and tells an interesting story about life and humanity as a whole. This film may not be for everyone, but for those who like to think when they go to a film and want to see something unique, Cloud Atlas is definitely something that is right up your alley.

  • Kevin Morrison:

Grade: B+

While some may differ from other people’s opinions, this is a thought-provoking film with great acting and visuals. The six stories are well-done and the only real way to find out what you think of it is to see it. Only when I see it a few more times will I and others truly be able to know how great this movie is.

  • William Bond Nunn:

Grade: B

Not perfect but a worthy and different epic that requires multiple viewings in order to completely understand and appreciate everything. With fantastic acting, costume design, and special effects, this movie deserves the praise, yet I can understand why some people will not enjoy it.

  • Austin Putnam:

Grade: C-

Cloud Atlas is a very beautiful looking film that has many shots that will put you in awe. Most of the cast does a great job with playing multiple roles, while others aren’t as good. However…..the film was just too long. It felt like I was sitting in the theater for nearly four hours and I got bored at times. The narrative sometimes gets very confusing and jumps from one point to another at times too quickly. Overall, it’s just decent. I didn’t love it…didn’t hate it. I just thought it was decent.

  • Daniel Rester:

Grade: B

Cloud Atlas is mostly fascinating because of its form, having the six stories mixed together. Yet only three of the stories (at least for me) are even interesting by themselves, and intertwining all of the stories together doesn’t seem to fully work. However, props must go to the directors for making this ambitious and thought-provoking film. It’s very flawed (and occasionally boring), but also visually stunning and well acted. However, of the few ambitious sci-fi’s to come out in the past few years, I recommend people see Prometheus and The Tree of Life instead.


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