Cloud Atlas

Theatrical Release: October 26, 2012
Cloud Atlas


“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. Each member of the ensemble appears in multiple roles as the stories move through time.

Dove Review

“Cloud Atlas” is a collection of six stories taking place in various centuries, past, present and future. The proposition is that we are all connected in some way by six degrees of separation – a theme the movie failed to execute well. Adapted from a novel by David Mitchell, this two hour and fifty-two minute panorama seemed familiar, like a combination of “Apocalypto”, “The Matrix”, “Star Wars III”, and “Amistad”. The exhausting part is trying to keep the characters and plots separate, since several different roles are played by the same actors – sometimes the same character in a different phase of life, and other times completely different characters altogether. The major difference between the novel and the movie is that the former is told in chronological order. For some unknown reason, the filmmakers cut the movie into a hodgepodge of scenes, tossing the viewer back and forth like a ship riding out a storm – a proper metaphor since that’s where one of the stories takes place.

As for the stories themselves; each one was fascinating in its own right, albeit the one similarity that tied them together was the amount of graphic violence that takes place with precious little redemption to justify the suffering. There was also a fair amount of nudity, sex, profanity and drug use throughout.

Clearly, “Cloud Atlas” is not family fare and therefore we cannot award it our Dove “Family-Approved” Seal.

Content Description

Sex: Sex between two men, two graphic sex scenes between a man and woman; man humiliates a woman with an obscene gesture.
Language: JC-1; F-13; S-3; GD-1; A-1
Violence: Several battles with killings, dead bodies; men, women and children shot and throats slit; bloody corpse in bed; woman bludgens a man's head; women willingly executed thinking they are going to Nirvana; suicide by gun in mouth; women's bodies hung up like animal carcasses.
Drugs: Drug used to kill; marijuana smoking by principals; drinking.
Nudity: Female frontal nudity-3; male rear nudity-2.
Other: Witchcraft, speaking with demons.


Company: Warner Brothers
Writer: David Mitchell & Lana Wachowski
Director: Tom Tykwer & Andy Wachowski
Producer: Stefan Arndt
Genre: Science-Fiction
Runtime: 172 min.
Industry Rating: R
Reviewer: Dick Rolfe