In Theatres Now: Cloud Atlas.

MissMalini , 29 Oct 2012
Cloud Atlas
Cloud Atlas

Now here’s a movie I’m simply dying to see. I heard about this one thanks to Sushil Charles from Smashh the Salon and it sounds incredible. (And you know it’s legit because its by the same guys who came up with the Matrix Trilogy and Run Lola Run!)

The Watchowskis’ Cloud Atlas starring Tom Hanks, Halle Berry and Hugo Weaving. The unifying concept between the six separate stories that makes up Cloud Atlas is that each features the same souls, reincarnated throughout the ages (played by the same actors and actresses). We also see Doona Bae (The Host) as a human clone from the future, whose sense of individuality puts her at risk, Hugh Grant reappearing throughout the ages as “incredibly evil” people, including a vicious cannibal and Susan Sarandon as the (eternally unobtainable) object of  Jim Broadbent’s affections.

Many Lives Many Masters
Many Lives Many Masters

I don’t know if I ever told you this but I read every single one of Dr. Brian Weiss‘ books that says exactly the same thing. From Many Lives, Many Masters to Same Soul, Many Bodies he explores this very concept; how we are running a constant loop of life reborn in different times with different lessons to learn and teach, often amongst people we have known from another life. I believe, I really do.

PS. I’m going to be an English Lit. nerd now and tell you I remember reading that even Plato believed everything we learn in this life is by remembering knowledge originally acquired in a previous life and that the soul already has all possible knowledge. We just learn by recollecting what in fact the soul already knows.

Cloud Atlas Trivia

In 2005, while on the London set of V for Vendetta, the actress Natalie Portman gave a copy the original novel to Lana Wachowski, who became deeply interested with it. A year later, both Wachowski siblings wrote a first draft. In all those years, Portman was promised the role as Sonmi-451, but had to turn down the role in the last minute after becoming pregnant in 2010.

The whole film was shot with two parallel filming units, one under the helm of Tom Tykwer and the other under the direction of the Wachowski siblings, sharing no crew members beside the cast and the directors themselves.

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