Plot: Stories told across time share themes of love.
Review: If we were going to base this movie only on ambition then Cloud Atlas would be amazing! And it does sell you for about half the movie. But once you realize how simple the themes are, and how generic the stories with those themes are you kind of get super bored. Which is too bad because the two stories that take place in the future, while not super original, at least acquire some interesting world building and are easily the best part.
This kind of shows the movie’s weakness that we keep cutting between each story as we cut from a super exciting underwater chase in a future city to old men and women trying to break out of an old folks home in a zany way! The stories are just too different that mixing them reminds you that you are watching the movie. Also in another case of ambition versus reality, each actor place different roles in each story changing sex and race. In theory this was to connect the stories but when in use, it looks silly and super distracting!
I really wanted to like Cloud Atlas but sadly it big off more than he could chew.
Trivia: Tom Hanks signing on helped the film get made.