‘Cloud Atlas’ Possibly the worst movie ever made

Posted by overmanwarrior 6 years, 5 months ago to Entertainment
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Yikes, I watched recently what may be the worst movie I have ever seen—which is very embarrassing for the movie. I mean, Jesus Christ—it was absolutely terrible. Diabolically ridiculous, lampoonist, flawed, disjointed—it was a wrecked concoction of poor philosophy, disastrously stupid politics, and a sheer waste of the three hours I spent watching it. Tragically, I hoped it would be good, Tom Hanks was in it, Halle Berry was as well, the Wachowski family was involved who did films like the Matrix and Speed Racer—so even though I thought I would dislike the politics—which were noticeably progressive—I hoped the movie would have its moments. It didn’t. It was just terrible and the only reason I am reviewing it is so that I can show readers here that not every movie review is good. Some people have accused me of working for Warner Brothers because of my glowing reviews of the Batman films, and Eastwood projects—but this—this Cloud Atlas—it was just wretched. It was like looking at something a dog puked up after eating feces in the yard mixed with freshly cut grass and garbage out of the hamper. It is unbelievable that anybody ever gave a green light for that movie because if that is what people in Hollywood think is a good movie, we are in big trouble.

I gave the film a chance because Roger Ebert loved it—he said he thought it was one of the most ambitious films ever made and was a complicated riddle that deserved multiple viewings. And parts of it were very ambitious, the budget was large, the visionary attempt was epic, and it had stars. Susan Sarandon’s inclusion almost made me not even watch it because of her active progressivism—but I recorded it on my DVR in March and finally got around to watching it in June out of obligation really. I felt because of what Ebert said that the film deserved attention, but I knew it was a progressive film—so I treated it like a trip to the dentist—something you don’t really enjoy, but is needed from time to time for basic maintenance. My conclusion was that Roger Ebert lost his mind. Cloud Atlas was that terrible.

The foundation of Cloud Atlas is deeply flawed making all the interesting interconnected storylines worthless. The film is about gay love, slavery, feminism, and is clearly against big oil. It is also about the worthless nature of individual lives and only concerned about how they fit into the larger tapestry of existence. Considering Ebert died shortly after Cloud Atlas I’ll give him a pass—maybe the idea of resurrection through a future life was something appealing to him in those last moments and he saw in the Cloud Atlas insanity a ray of hope for himself. The film was released around the same time that Atlas Shrugged Part II hit theaters and I remember well having to defend that film from people who loved Cloud Atlas. So I made a point to see the film at the first available moment which is why I recorded it. Being an open supporter of the filmmakers producing the Atlas Shrugged films, I wanted to understand how the other side could make such comparisons, and what I learned was that Cloud Atlas is the exact opposite philosophy of Atlas Shrugged. The two couldn’t be further apart in values—they have nothing in common other than the word “Atlas” in their titles.
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  • Posted by $ Solver 6 years, 5 months ago
    I'm sure the movie had some message but I found it too contradictory to understand what it was. Maybe the main message embeds itself in the unconscious mind of the viewer and will be triggered at later time.
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    • Posted by 6 years, 5 months ago
      That's an interesting statement--very intelligent. It is possible that it is directed at the subconscious and for that--it would be a treasure. But....................the main point are the progressive messages that they are not shy about. Anything deeper than that is lost in their superficial commitment to a political ideology.
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      • Posted by $ Solver 6 years, 5 months ago
        Maybe it is a bit like the game, Bioshock. A fun, exciting, bad guy shoot-em for kids and adults. But years later it could seem to be more about a clan leader and his followers who justified massive violations of individual rights using Objectivst ideas which created a monstrous world. The game kicker is that only constant self-sacrifice can fix the world.

        You only consciously learn this lesson when you recognize some key quotes of Ayn Rand and match them with the quotes pushed at you in the game.

        One reviwer stated, “...a truly awesome piece of propaganda against Objectivism and for statism and altruism that would have made Stalin and Beria weep with joy.”
        http://archive.today/HI9Jy
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        • Posted by 6 years, 5 months ago
          Funny you bring up that game, I loved the concept, the whole underwater city thing--but they turned it into a Jurassic Park type nightmare against that Objectivist world--turning it on its head. I disliked the game once it was known that the story went in such a warped direction.
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  • Posted by $ ObjectiveAnalyst 6 years, 5 months ago
    Hello Overmanwarrior,
    I am glad to hear someone else of the same opinion. We purchased the DVD because of a recommendation... I watched it once and thought what a bunch of disjointed nonsense... Thinking I may have had a bad night or too many beers I watched it again a week later, sober as a church mouse (mixed metaphor). Same thing. I was beginning to think maybe it was me.
    Regards,
    O.A.
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  • Posted by terrycan 6 years, 5 months ago
    Agreed a horrible movie. Watched it and was very disappointed. The title is a contradiction. A cloud will never hold up the world.
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    • Posted by 6 years, 5 months ago
      Its a mindless enterprise surrendering logic for feeling. It proposes that people are just riding through life good and evil and that their interconnectedness is what matters most--and that the ideal of a "soul mate" is an arrangment conducted by a higher order who knows better. One is supposed to just yield to this decision as if their opinion did not matter--like some arranged marriage.

      The Tom Hanks character was at times a scum bag, and at times a real hero. So the proposal was that his previous actions were to be forgiven because of what he would become in the future and his relationship to Halle Berry's characters. The premise of the story was that judgment was supposed to be surrendered in favor of a guide that is bigger than all of us put togther like drops of water in the ocean. "We" are the ocean but insignificant as individual drops of water--according to the movie.

      Stupid, stuff to say the least.
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  • Posted by $ AJAshinoff 6 years, 5 months ago
    My daughter is an AP student and has been assigned this travesty for summer reading (along with Mythology by Edith Hamilton and Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad). My daughter thinks Cloud Atlas is ridiculous, I've only seen the movie and thought the movie at best was a good sleeping-aid for those with overactive minds.
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    • Posted by 6 years, 5 months ago
      Of course she's an AP student. They want to slug her down with that crap. Good for you guys.
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      • Posted by $ AJAshinoff 6 years, 5 months ago
        She has been solicited from major colleges from across the US since late in her sophomore year. We're getting 1-2 each week this summer and she's set to start her senior year this august. Exciting times.

        Also, she completely understands the messages in my books (she thinks for herself). Thankfully, in no way will she devolve into a liberal.
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        • Posted by desimarie23 6 years, 5 months ago
          Good for your daughter, I'm glad you support that free thinking- my parents didn't.

          I was in AP classes throughout high school- particularly AP English. My Senior English teacher assigned us to read Anthem by AR and Heart of Darkness, among other novels. I read Anthem first, and dismissed the rest. The first day of class, I explained why I refused to read any of the other novels- he accepted my reasoning, and offered no counterargument. In place of the work I was supposed to do for the other ridiculous books, he asked me to read The Fountainhead and Atlas Shrugged instead, and discuss them with him. No written work, just wanted my thoughts on them. Needless to say, that teacher, who is a Liberal by the way, became my favorite (its been 8 years and he still sends me books and asks me to discuss them with him). He saw my passion for Objectivism and he encouraged it.
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          • Posted by $ AJAshinoff 6 years, 5 months ago
            Oh, she'll read the books. But the filter for liberal, anti-American BS that I gave her combined with her fit mind notes and then repels the nonsense. Like you, she questions and even argues counterpoints with her teachers. Her teacher last year would allow the class to form their consensus opinion on a subject and then call on my daughter to offer a different viewpoint. She hated it. in retrospect, she has has a better understanding of the tools teachers use to conform young minds.
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    Posted by Maphesdus 6 years, 5 months ago
    The movie is a little confusing and disjointed, due to jumping back and forth between the different timelines. If you read the book, the structure is a little different. Instead of jumping back and forth, the book just presents each story sequentially, but leaves off their ends. And then in the final story, an old man finishes all the other stories, but in reverse order. It makes the plot easier to follow.
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