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New on Disc and Download: 'Cloud Atlas'

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Updated: 5/14/2013 10:26 am

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CLOUD ATLAS
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I can't wait to dive into "Cloud Atlas" again, a movie that's so big and deep in its ambition it took three directors to make it.
    
The Wachowski siblings from the "Matrix" trilogy team up with Tom Tykver from "Run Lola Run" to share all the writing and directing duties. Based on David Mitchell's sprawling novel, the movie basically tells about half a dozen stories spanning different worlds and time periods. Each story is good enough to work as its own movie, and "Cloud Atlas" hop-scotches between them with some excellent editing.

The ensemble cast includes Tom Hanks, Halle Berry, Jim Broadbent and Hugh Grant, and they all play characters in each of the stories with some terrific make-up that was somehow ignored by the Oscars.
    
The movie doesn't tie all the stories together with neat little bows like, say, Crash, but there are over-arching themes. If nothing else, it's impeccably acted and the different worlds we visit are totally absorbing.
    
Just let this thing work you over.

Unfortunately, the Blu-ray doesn't have a lot of extras - just seven short features totaling less than an hour. For such an impressive epic, I want more.

EPPLER'S RATING: * * * * 1/2

Out of five stars


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