02 Jan
Cloud Atlas Review
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cloudatlas 01Cloud Atlas is an interesting, and at times confusing film. However it does an excellent job of revealing the movement of the soul through various lifetimes. The movie consists of six interrelated and interwoven stories that take the viewer from the South Pacific in the 19th century to a distant, post-apocalyptic future. Unlike the original novel, the film is structured, according to novelist David Mitchell, "as a sort of pointillist mosaic: We stay in each of the six worlds just long enough for the hook to be sunk in, and from then on the film darts from world to world at the speed of a plate-spinner, revisiting each narrative for long enough to propel it forward."
The movie stars Tom Hanks, who plays several characters, both as a "nasty" and as a "goodie." It reveals how easily we can fall into the trap of the illusion of this world and forget our true spiritual nature. It is a long, three hour movie, but well worth watching, probably more than once. There are few spiritual movies these days and give us insights into the movement of the soul, lifetime after lifetime. this movie is both entertaining and informative.
Cloud Atlas is based on a 2004 novel, the third book by British author David Mitchell.  It won the British Book Awards Literary Fiction Award and the Richard & Judy Book of the Year award, and was short-listed for the 2004 Booker Prize, Nebula Award, Arthur C. Clarke Award, and other awards
The movie also stars Halle Berry, Jim Broadbent, Hugo Weaving, Jim Sturgess, Doona Bae,  Ben Whishaw, James D'Arcy, Zhou Xun, Keith David, Susan Sarandon and Hugh Grant. All of whom play several parts in many scenarios.

cloudatlas 02The six interwoven stories are:

Story Thread No: 1 . South Pacific Ocean, 1849. Adam Ewing, is an American lawyer from San Francisco during the California Gold Rush, has come to the Chatham Islands to conclude a business arrangement with Reverend Gilles Horrox for his father-in-law, Haskell Moore. He witnesses the beating of a Moriori slave, Autua, who stows away on Ewing's ship, and convinces him to hide him and then to advocate for him to join the crew. Meanwhile, Dr. Henry Goose slowly poisons Ewing, claiming it to be the cure for a parasitic worm, aiming to steal Ewing's valuables. When Goose attempts to administer the fatal dose, Autua saves Ewing. Returning to America, Ewing and his wife, Tilda, denounce her father's complicity in slavery.
Story Thread No: 2: Cambridge, England and Edinburgh, Scotland, 1936. Robert Frobisher, a young English musician is bisexual and works as an amanuensis to famous composer Vyvyan Ayrs. This allows him the time and inspiration to compose his own work, called: "The Cloud Atlas Sextet". Ayrs demands credit for the piece, and threatens to expose Frobisher's scandalous background if he does not comply. Ayrs is shot by Frobisher in a confrontation between them, and Frobisher flees to a hotel. He then finishes his masterpiece and shoots himself only moments before his lover Rufus Sixsmith arrives to save him.
Story Thread No: 3: San Francisco, California, 1973. Luisa Rey is a journalist who by chance meets an older Sixsmith, now a nuclear physicist. Sixsmith tips off Rey to a conspiracy regarding the safety of a new nuclear reactor, but is killed by hitman Bill Smoke before he can give her the report that proves it. Isaac Sachs, another employee at the power plant who seems to find her familiar, also gives her the information, but he is killed by Smoke, who runs Rey's car off a bridge. With help from the plant's head of security, Joe Napier, she evades another attempt against her life, that results in Smoke's death, and exposes the plot to use a nuclear accident for the benefit of oil companies.
Story Thread No: 4: United Kingdom, 2012. Timothy Cavendish, a 65-year-old publisher, has a windfall when Dermott Hoggins, the gangster author whose book he has published, infamously murders a critic and is sent to jail. When the author's associates threaten Cavendish's life to get his share of the profits, Cavendish turns to his brother Denholme for help. The brother tricks him into hiding out in a nursing home, where he is held against his will and treated poorly by the tyrannical Nurse Noakes. Cavendish and a few of his fellow "inmates" then plot a successful escape.
Story Thread No: 5: Neo Seoul,Korea and the year is 2144. Sonmi-451, is a genetically-engineered fabricant or clone food-server at a fast-food restaurant, is being interviewed before her execution. She recounts how she was released from her compliant life of servitude by Hae-Joo Chang, a member of the local Resistance, and other rebels. They reveal to her that fabricants like her are "recycled" into food for future fabricants, and hold off a brutal armed assault as she speaks on a live broadcast before her capture.
Story thread No: 6: The Hawaiian Islands on post-apocalyptic Earth (dated "106 winters after "The Fall", identified as 2321), a tribesman named Zachry lives a primitive life after most of humanity has died during "The Fall" and is plagued by visions of his people's perception of the devil, "Old Georgie". The character appears to be some kind of foreign entity that exists in Zachry's mind. After Zachry's brother-in-law is murdered by the cannibal Kona Chief, Georgie appears to Zachry in waking visions to manipulate him into giving in to his fear. Zachry is visited by Meronym, a member of the "Prescients", the last remnants of a technologically-advanced civilization. In exchange for saving his young niece from a venomous bite, Zachry agrees to guide Meronym into the mountains in search of Cloud Atlas, an outpost station where she is able to send a message to people who have left Earth and now live on other planets. After returning, Zachry discovers the murder of his tribe at the hands of the Kona. After killing the Kona Chief, Zachry and his niece are chased by a number of his tribesmen into the forest and attacked. Meronym intervenes at a crucial point and they both kill off the remaining tribesmen. Zachry and his niece join Meronym and the Prescients in a journey to a new world.
A seventh time period, several decades after the Hawaiian one, is featured in the film's prologue and epilogue. In the prologue, a lone, elderly Zachry delivers a monologue, and his location is not revealed. In the epilogue, Zachry is revealed to have been telling these stories to his numerous grandchildren, with two moons in the night sky and Earth visible as a pale blue dot. Meronym emerges from their home and they embrace.

Lesley Crossingham



Lesley Ann is a spiritual artist, an author of over twenty books, clairvoyant and spiritual teacher. She was awarded our Find Your Psychic Spiritual Author of the Year award for the past five years due to her many popular spiritual book titles. Lesley has also been voted International Spirit Guide Artist for the year, 2018


Lesley has written over twenty books, numerous magazine articles and many short stories. She has also created three CDs of her music and spiritual meditations. She introduced traditional Native American Indian drummaking to Australia in 1991 and continues to offer these workshops.


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