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Cloud Atlas: A Masterpiece in Film

Updated on May 15, 2013
The official movie poster for Cloud Atlas.
The official movie poster for Cloud Atlas.

A Story Unlike Any Other

When I first saw Cloud Atlas in theaters in 2012 I could not believe my eyes. At first glance I think the movie could be very confusing to some. The plot has literally six different storylines from six different time periods going at once. Somehow the filmmakers connected all of them into this beautiful story of eternal love and the price that is paid for freedom.

The movie is thought provoking and I can't wait to get my hands on the novel. Surprisingly, I have not read the book yet. I am so dumbfounded with the movie after my 2nd time of watching it. It just came out on DVD/Blu-Ray on May 14, 2013.

Cloud Atlas puts me into deep thought. It makes me think about people and the many things we do to reach certain points in our lives. On this particular night I am thinking about waiters and waitresses and what they have to go through on a day to day basis. Now, I realize waiters are not slaves but sometimes I feel like they are treated somewhat like slaves and also as inferior which is a central message throughout Cloud Atlas.

Just recently I witness a rude customer put themselves on a pedestal and basically talk down to and make demands of the people working at the restaurant. They demanded their money back and kept making a scene. I was close by enjoying my meal but feel infuriated and I did feel a desiring to put this person in their place. But I did not say anything and I am not sure if saying anything would have been the right thing to do or not. However, I find myself at times thinking that people deserve to be stood up for and treated better than they are.

People feel entitled, but to what and why do they feel entitled? Do you feel entitled to treat someone as a lower class citizen or do you feel entitled to love and cherish someone?

Cloud Atlas is all about love and transcending that love by breaking down the barriers.

What barriers are there in our society and why are they there? What can we do to break them down? These are important questions we need to be asking ourselves. We need to be asking ourselves: what exactly are we doing to make the world a more loving and equal place?

This is why I love thought provoking movies. This is why I love Cloud Atlas. This is why it is one of my all time favorite movies now. It changed my perpective on life. It makes me wish to be more and do more. It makes me want to create and write more beautiful music. It makes me want to treat the people around me better. I makes to want to just be free and celebrate life.

I hope you will take the time to watch Cloud Atlas. It is a pretty lengthy movie, but it is exciting and the the soundtrack is just gorgeous. It truly is a masterpiece.


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