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The Wachowskis shook the cinematic world with the iconic ‘Matrix’ movies and marked the first decade of the 21st century along with the epic ‘Lord of the Rings’ trilogy by Peter Jackson. Once again, Lana (previously Larry) and Andy Wachowski are expanding the possibilities of cinema with their latest release, ‘Cloud Atlas’.

Cloud Atlas Poster

While showing the concept of synchronicity on the screen is not the easiest thing a moviemaker can do, the Wachowkis did it. Everything is connected; there is a reason for everything, lives overlap, actions of one impact the actions of another, and the best part is that we are not even aware of it. Now, the Wachowkis take that idea step further, showing the synchronicity in relation to reincarnation.

The themes of ‘Cloud Atlas’ (based upon the 2004 novel by David Mitchell) are somewhat similar to the themes of ‘Matrix’, meaning the movie will appeal to the intellectual audiences, and that may be the reason why the critics are extremely polarized about ‘Cloud Atlas’ – while some praise it as the best movie in years, even decades, some completely pan it.

The film was premiered at the 37th Toronto International Film Festival, where it reportedly received a 10-minute standing ovation.  With a budget of $102 million, ‘Cloud Atlas’ is the most expensive independent movie of all time and all of this suggests that we have received a new masterpiece of cinema – what could be better than an independent movie on a Hollywood budget?

The complex storyline required an ensemble cast, featuring Tom Hanks, Halle Berry, Jim Broadbent, Hugo Weaving (remeber Agent Smith?), Jim Sturgess, Doona Bae, Ben Whishaw, James D’Arcy, Zhou Xun, Keith David, Susan Sarandon and Hugh Grant.

The movie was directed by Lana Wachowski, Tom Tykwer and Andy Wachowski and can be seen in all major movie theatres.


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