On top of all of this recent over-flowing of emotions, I have had some rather odd encounters with people from my distant past in the last week. It is like the ghosts of my history are all crawling out of their graves to reunite with me again, all at once. These encounters have been strange to say the least, and the even stranger thing is that I have had dreams about all of these people only days before I bumped into them again. Isn't it weird how things happen like that, you don't see someone for years and then for some reason they pop into your mind, and then within days you see them...most peculiar, a real recipe for some rather melancholic sentimentality that's for sure.
No, it hasn't been a bad couple of days, but it has certainly been a strange couple of days, and I am hoping that the second week of the holidays will be a little less emotionally charged.
Release Date: 2012
Rating: MA 15+
Running Time: 172 mins
Here we find actors really stretching themselves to take on multiple roles that play out over multiple timelines, to bring together an epic story that spans five centuries on Earth. Written and directed by Lana Wachowski, Tom Tykwer and Andy Wachowski and adapted from the novel by David Mitchell, Cloud Atlas was filmed over four years and with a blown out budget of $102 million, it became one of the most expensive independent films of all time. Never before has a film had such polar reception, and it appears on some of the best and worst movie lists of all time.
Running with six interrelated and interwoven story lines and spanning different time periods from the past, present and future, this is pretty complex viewing, and there is a hell of a lot to take in. In a nutshell, this film explores the implications of an individuals actions and how they impact events across separate time lines. It's a mosaic of characters and a fine demonstration of how souls can evolve and choices can have a long lasting ripple effect.
I was thoroughly impressed with this film, it was almost like watching six movies at once because every story line was so unique and interesting. I loved the way that everything was connected and on some level I thought this was a deeply spiritual movie that spoke volumes about soul connections and the ultimate 'true self'.
FINAL SAY: Our lives are not our own. From womb to tomb, we are bound to others. Past and present.
4 Chili Peppers