Sci-Fi Movies That Got Audiences Out
David Mitchell’s 2004 sci-fi novel ‘Cloud Atlas’ was once considered ‘unfilmable’, but that wasn’t enough to scare Lana and Lilly Wachowski, who collaborated with director Tom Tykwer to bring the film to life. ambitious story. “Cloud Atlas” is an almost impossible film to understand after just one viewing, intersecting events in the Pacific Islands in 1849, Cambridge in 1936, San Francisco in 1973, London in 2012, Neo Seoul in a dystopian 2144, and a mysterious island in a post-apocalyptic era. Unfortunately, some viewers didn’t even make it past the first viewing, with film critic Omer M. Mozaffar recalling that many viewers at its screening walked out of the theater after the first hour.
“Cloud Atlas” is a film that demands the attention of the public. If you only watched the first hour of the movie, it probably just felt like a series of chaotic misadventures. It’s also very confusing, as actors like Tom Hanks, Halle Berry, Hugh Grant, Ben Whishaw, Jim Broadbent, Hugo Weaving, and Keith David play multiple characters in different timelines. However, “Cloud Atlas” ultimately pays off by showing the thematic connections between its six eras, with a message of hope about the inherent goodness in humanity. A decade after its release, “Cloud Atlas” is oddly heartwarming as a testament to cinematic ambition at its best. Hopefully the viewers who came out will give it another chance.