Cloud Atlas Wednesday, 08 April 2020

Cloud Atlas

Additional Info

  • Rating:

    MA15+: Strong violence, sex scene and coarse language.

  • The pitch:

    The interconnectedness of everything across age, time and space.

  • Starring:

    Tom Hanks, Halle Berry, Jim Broadbent, Hugo Weaving, Susan Sarandon, Jim Sturgess, Doona Bae, Ben Whishaw, Keith David, Hugh Grant, James D'Arcy

  • Directed by:

    Tom Tykwer, Andy Wachowski, Lana Wachowski

  • Running time:

    172 minutes

  • Rated:

    M (Australia), 15 (UK), R (USA)


    A man commits suicide by putting a gun in his mouth then pulling the trigger. A man is tied to a tree and whipped. A man is thrown over a balcony; his splattering demise on the street below is seen. Multiple brutal deaths occur in the film by: gunshots, stabbings, arrows, bludgeoning, sickles, futuristic zapping, a raging wall of water. (Many deaths are seen in graphic close-up.) Bullying, thuggish behaviour, extortion, punching, kicking, fist-fighting. Knives, guns are raised in threat. A plane explodes (bomb). A car is forced off a bridge into a river; the driver is trapped inside. A gun is pointed at a woman then directly at the camera (ie the audience). Gunfire and grenade explosions occur during battle. Blades are held to throats. Serial killing (discussed). Raised voices, yelling, altercations. Objects are thrown in anger. A man is restrained. Escapees are captured and punished. Dangerous driving, car crashes. A pub fight involving men and women. Personal belongings are stolen. Euthanasia and vivisection are mentioned. Suicide by hanging and by gunshot are mentioned.  Blood/gore: Blood is frequently seen on people who have been cut, shot, stabbed, whipped, beaten. A murdered licks his victim's blood. A child suffers from an extremely swollen (poisoned) foot. Corpses (fresh and old) are seen. A ring is cut off a badly swollen finger. A rope cuts into a man's hands. A tooth is knocked out.


    A male couple kiss in bed (sex is implied). A couple have passionate sex; both are naked (breasts and bottoms are seen). A woman has extramarital sex with a young man (oral sex is implied). Masturbation is stimulated (derogatorily). Passionate kissing. A couple is disturbed during sex; the man is seen naked behind a cat then in a tree. S&M, prostitution, sodomy are mentioned. An extramarital affair is discussed. Nudity: A man is seen naked from behind. Exposed breasts are seen. A bottom is slapped (derogatorily). Prostitutes and pole dancers are seen.


    A potion is given to a sick man to treat a worm infestation. A woman self-medicates with a laser healing device. A woman overdoses on a futuristic supplement. A marijuana joint is shared. A man is force-fed poison. Alcohol (wine, beer, champagne, spirits). Smoking (cigarettes, cigars, marijuana).


    C-word, f-words, s-words, n-word, a-word, b*tch, mocking insults and derogatory slang, sexism. Slang words for genitalia are used. Religious exclamations.


    Interconnectivity, influence, power, the ripple effect, redemption, curiosity, memory, shamanism, faith, past lives, reincarnation, enlightenment, philosophy, wisdom, conspiracy, fatalism, premonition, coincidence, consequence, providence, destiny, martyrdom, predestination, reminiscence, revenge, psychic connections, prophecy, homosexuality, heartache, loss.


    Lamb and pheasant are consumed. A man is treated for a Polynesian worm infestation. Two strangers get stuck in an elevator for a lengthy period. A toilet is seen. Slavery/abolitionism feature. A cat scratches a man in self-defense. Extreme heights are seen; a man falls from a very high platform while a woman falls down a cliff face. A man is troubled by unpleasant visions and voices. Coloured strobe-lighting. Storm at sea (lightning and thunder). Dead animals are seen hanging in a marketplace. An animal is shot dead.


    Outstanding story, memorable performances and an intriguing narrative progression. Special effects are extremely good. Ambitious project.


    It can be a little confusing keeping up with the six different narratives that are interwoven throughout the film. Invented dialects and languages can be a challenge to understand at times. The running time is excessive. Left with a feeling that you've seen something extraordinary but can't work out exactly what it is.

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