Whoa! Not since Clockwork Orange have I seen such a weird movie. But like me, it's weird in a good way. I watched it with 5 other guys. Slowly, but surely, each one gave up. There was a point where the confusion was too much. I stayed the course, and I'm glad I did. Not because it gave me the big payoff, but b/c I discovered the payoff wasn't meant to be understood- kind of like life- whoa right?! I did have to fight off excuses that I heard my friends echo of, "this makes no sense, fuck this." You have to mentally fight off this urge and keep watching, which is easy b/c Halle Barry is hot, Tom Hanks is engaging, and the cinematography is mesmerizing.

After watching Inception, I felt like the people talking about how deep and meaninful it was were victims of The Emperor's New Clothes. The reason I didn't buy into Inception is b/c, for me, their dream within a dream was just a movie within a movie. Inception didn't feel like something that exists in reality, unless you stretch and extrapolate the ideas to the point of pontificating. Cloud Atlas, on the other hand, transcends being just a movie- it's an allegory about life in a language I couldn't quite grasp, but I'm not insecure about not getting stuff, so I had fun trying. If you have hangups about looking dumb for not understanding something you won't last a half hour. You have to put aside your ego to watch this, don't overthink it too much, and like an epiphany, at one point whatever meaning is waiting for you to discover will precipitate.

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  1. Henry George Said,

    This was a beautifully directed piece that put life in its proper context. There is no end to life, we only change forms. Energy is what animates our human forms. And once we "die," this energy either rejoins the creative and supreme energy or takes on another form. It all depends on what level of spiritual development we've reached. I hope this helps. Peace!

    Posted on June 6, 2014 at 5:05 PM


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