July 28, 2012

Cloud Atlas: Someday We’ll Understand.

“Our lives are not our own, we are bound to others, past and present. And by each crime and every kindness, we birth our future.”

Could it be that the movie of the century is at the door (of the century)?

Just watch. Don’t open parachute.

Synopsis (Via Apple Trailers)
“Cloud Atlas” explores how the actions and consequences of individual lives impact one another throughout the past, the present and the future. Action, mystery and romance weave dramatically through the story as one soul is shaped from a killer into a hero and a single act of kindness ripples across centuries to inspire a revolution in the distant future.

Lana Wachowski, Tom Tykwer, Andy Wachowski

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

Lana Wachowski, Tom Tykwer, Andy Wachowski

In theaters: 
October 26, 2012


More quotable mojo from the original book, mother of the film, by David Mitchell:

“Power, time, gravity, love. The forces that really kick ass are all invisible.”

“All revolutions are the sheerest fantasy until they happen; then they become historical inevitabilities.”

“What wouldn’t I give now for a never-changing map of the ever-constant ineffable? To possess, as it were, an atlas of clouds.”

“People are obscenities. Would rather be music than be a mass of tubes squeezing semisolids around itself for a few decades before becoming so dribblesome it’ll no longer function.”

“One fine day a predatory world shall consume itself.”

As one of my Facebook friends put it today on my wall: “If this doesn’t make you squeal in delightful anticipation I’ll eat my hat.”

He doesn’t have to. Anticipation is making me devour mine.


Bonus: Main theme, freshly delivered to all epic soundtrack lovers.

Composed by Thomas Bergersen.


“Just trying to understand why we keep making the same mistakes over and over… “

Forward to Min. 1:48. Close your eyes.

Music by M83.

“I feel like something important has happened to me…Is this possible?”

“My life amounts to no more than one drop in a limitless ocean. Yet what is any ocean, but a multitude of drops?”


So, do we have a date?

PS: October 26.


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Daniel Jan 10, 2013 4:20pm

Never change… we are a single drop in a ocean, but we know the truth.. we must die pure and incorrupted.

maybe the nature of the universe be your guide, for ever brothers.


Truth Nov 6, 2012 5:23pm

Seems like David Mitchel is making a commentary about perception, reality, and backward causation in the context of karma.

Reality and Perception in David Mitchell’s Cloud Atlas
by Mark Woodring

"Whether revolutionary or gimmicky, this presentation of intertwined narratives demonstrates that human reality is not determined by actuality or factuality, but rather by the perception of events and how those perceptions are presented and interpreted."

This “whirligig” of reality and uncertainty is at the heart of Cloud Atlas. The longer we read and attempt to determine what is real and what is not, we accelerate ever faster around the idea that, as de Man says, we are simultaneously in both a real and an unreal environment. We cannot know with certainty that any of the events are real at any given time, and thus, like Schrödinger’s cat, simultaneously both alive and dead inside its sealed box, the events contained within the cover of Cloud Atlas are at once real and unreal—true and untrue—even to each other.

Clearly, then, what we see in Cloud Atlas is an interrogation of the accuracy of reality, specifically due to man’s tendency, consciously or unconsciously, to mold it to conform to his current needs or expectations. As a result, no version of reality is able to function as anything but a story which may or may not be accurate to any significant degree.

Rebecca Nov 6, 2012 3:08pm

SOOOOOOOOOOO excited!!!!!

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Co-Founder / Editor in Chief of Rebelle Society, Wellness Alchemist at Rebelle Wellness & Creativity Curator at Creative Rehab. Unfinished book with a love for greens, bikes and poetry; raised by wolves & adopted by people; not trying to make art but to Be Art. Holds a BA in Journalism & Mass Communication, an MFA in Creative Writing & a Holistic Health Coach degree from the Institute for Integrative Nutrition®. In her work she tries to reflect the wholeness of the human experience by combining Art & Health + Brains & Beauty + Darkness & Brilliance into a more alive, unabridged and unlimited edition of ourselves. She is also on a quest to reinstate Creativity as one of our essential Human Rights to (hopefully and soon) be included in the UN Declaration. Connect with her on Facebook, Twitter & Instagram and sign up for her Monthly Stroke of Renaissance.