The Philosophy of Cloud Atlas | How Beauty Will Save the World

The Philosophy of Cloud Atlas | How Beauty Will Save the World


In his novel The Idiot, Dostoevsky made the
ambiguous statement; “beauty will save the world”. The quote puzzled many in the decades that followed, including novelist and historian Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn who, in his Nobel Lecture in 1970, replied; “What sort of a statement is that? For a long time I considered it mere words. How could that be possible? When in bloodthirsty history did beauty ever
save anyone from anything? Ennobled, uplifted, yes – but whom has it
saved?” This, I believe, is the question that lies
at the heart of Cloud Atlas, directed by Tom Tykwer and the Wachowski’s, and based on the book by David Mitchell. Cloud Atlas tells six different stories,
separated by time and genre, and yet, connected by a seemingly thin thread of fate and coincidence as the main characters of each story find inspiration in the stories that preceded theirs to ultimately change their own in a meaningful way. In many ways; it’s a story about stories; about the peculiar way in which we can convey a life experience from one individual to another; from one generation to the next. We do this through diaries, letters, literature, films, and in more abstract ways through religion and mythology. Solzhenitsyn, who is referenced in the film
more than once, uses the overarching term ‘art’ to capture what he sees as “the only substitute for an experience we ourselves have never lived through,” and it is here that he found the essence of
Dostoevsky’s world-saving beauty and came to understand it not as
“a careless phrase but a prophecy.” To really understand the meaning of this we have to dig a little deeper into the themes explored in Cloud Atlas, which author David Mitchell describes as; One is the interconnectedness of cause and effect;
you think you have your own little life and it runs along its own tracks,
especially these days. We think we’re islands but actually we’re
interconnected archipelagos of islands. Number two, it’s about predacity;
the way individuals prey on individuals, tribes on tribes, corporations on their host societies,
states on the individuals within those states. The mechanics, the electronics of predacity,
if I’m allowed to use language like that. Let’s begin with the interconnectedness
of cause and effect. Our lives are not our own. From womb to tomb, we are bound to others,
past and present. And by each crime and every kindness,
we birth our future. Cloud Atlas leans heavy on the notion of
eternal recurrence which is often associated with spiritual concepts like reincarnation and karma. However, the filmmakers expressed that although
they welcomed spiritual interpretations, they also specifically wanted to explore
secular perspectives; There were days where I was preferring
‘like you know within your, let’s say, genetic string that you’re actually playing’ rather than saying ‘the soul that is connecting
your characters’, and there were different words and different descriptions for the whole idea of eternal recurrence, you know, what you might call reincarnation; which is a word that we’re not afraid of but at the same time if you really say it’s a movie about reincarnation we would feel like that’s a limitation of
perspective. the interconnectedness of cause and effect is shown in the book the by the motif of a comet-shaped birthmark found on the main characters of each story, suggesting they are the same soul embodying different characters, but in the film they changed this by using the same
actors to play different roles, turning the journey of one soul into a story of many. By reusing the same actors, they purposefully
alienate the audience from the individual characters to instead encourage them to draw connections between them on a level that transcends their individual stories. I love this idea that you can show just at
the facial level that the main characters in the film are being reincarnated again and again in different time zones. and what you get is a sort of, well the word is actually matrix; a matrix of pilgrims’ progresses of characters on ethical journeys through time,
just through the faces of the actors. Another way the filmmakers expanded on the
theme of interconnectedness is by changing the narrative structure of
the original novel. After a brief prologue, the six storylines are, somewhat similarly to the novel, briefly introduced in chronological order, but then there’s a pivotal moment where
that structure is broken. There’s a very particular moment where, once the field opens up to intercutting between the sequences without any order anymore and with an internal connectedness and internal flow that in our opinion makes even more sense than any other structure could have made for a movie, which is in the beginning of reel 3 where Jim Sturgess’ Chang meets Sonmi for the first time. I know you are Sonmi 451. There’s this moment where you can stay with what you’re used to or you can go elsewhere and join us. And we felt like, okay you’ve had 45 minutes to get prepared for it and now you should take that choice. You can remain here and risk being discovered, or you can come with me. Again, the distinctive qualities of film are used to further diffuse the boundaries between each story and emphasize their interconnectedness,
leading to a structure where stories are intercut based on musical flow, visual connections
and shared emotional states. The purpose of all of this is to show, regardless
of your spiritual or religious beliefs; the deeply intricate ways in which our actions
impact the world around us, captured into words in Sonmi’s revelation; We talked about it a lot, this Jose Saramago
line that we reference; ‘the nature of our immortal lives is in the consequence of our words and deeds that go apportioning themselves throughout all time’; it’s a really beautiful secular way of expressing
karma or reincarnation. This brings us to the second theme of Cloud Atlas which reveals the implications of this
interconnectedness of cause and effect and brings us closer to answering the opening
question of how beauty will save the world. There is only one rule that binds all people, one governing principle that defines every relation on God’s green earth. Predacity is the main source of conflict in Cloud Atlas, it is reflected in the stories of each of the characters as they struggle against greed, power, malevolence and all the other qualities that lead to victors and
victims, oppressors and oppressed, reflected by the simple mantra; The weak are meat, and the strong do eat. If we take the interconnectedness of
the stories into account; there appears to be a demoralizing truth to
this statement, for although the individual stories end with the main characters achieving some form of victory over the oppressing forces they’re facing, on the larger cosmic scale, these victories feel
rather inconsequential as the progress made in each story is diminished by a new form of oppression in the next. There is a natural order to this world, and
those who try to upend it do not fare well. It raises a serious issue for moral behavior
on the individual level; for why should I suffer and sacrifice for a greater good that’s never going to manifest itself? Why should I stand against injustice if my
effort will only end up being inconsequential? Here, Solzhenitsyn writes
“If only it were all so simple! If only there were evil people somewhere insidiously
committing evil deeds, and it were necessary only to separate them from the rest of us and destroy them. but gradually it was disclosed to me that the line separating good and evil passes not through states, nor between classes,
nor between political parties either, but right through every human heart. At this point in my life, all I know Sixsmith, is that this world spins from the same unseen forces that twist our hearts. “During the life of any heart this line
keeps changing place; sometimes it is squeezed one way by exuberant evil and sometimes it shifts to allow enough space
for good to flourish. One and the same human being is, at various ages, under various circumstances, a totally different human being. At times he is close to being a devil,
at times to sainthood. But his name doesn’t change, and to that name
we ascribe the whole lot, good and evil.” He adds that although we can’t expel evil
and injustice on this grand cosmic scale, we can constrict it within our own heart. I owe my life to a self-freed slave, And I cannot in good conscience participate in this kind of business any longer. Here, we do have agency, and we can make a difference, but we ourselves are responsible to assume it, and this takes courage and honesty,
which at last brings us to the purpose of art. Against eternal injustice, art offers beauty
as its equally eternal antidote. In the words of Polish poet Cyprian Norwid; ‘beauty is to enthuse us for work,
and work is to raise us up.’ It’s difficult to define what this beauty is, but this is exactly the point; it is up to you to do it; you have to bring your agency
to it and define what it is. Art, in all its many forms, can you help do you this, or at the very least it will help you discover what it’s not. This process is reflected by the main characters
in the film. Even though their comet-shaped birthmarks
no longer represent a spiritual or genetic connection, it does suggest a new connection
through beauty as they all find meaning and motivation in the beauty transferred to them from those who came before. It allows each of the characters to elevate
their individual and highly particular struggles to something that comes closer to carrying
universal meaning; Freedom; the fatuous jingle of our civilization. But only those deprived of it have the barest inkling of what it really is. This, hopefully, is when we realize that the boundary between our heart and the rest of world is just a
convention, waiting to be transcended. If we can conceive of doing so, then even
the tiniest victory becomes one of cosmic significance. And what if no one believes this truth? Someone already does. Solzhenitsyn wrote that;
“One drop of truth can outweigh an ocean of lies”, To which Cloud Atlas adds; What is an ocean but a multitude of drops? It emphasizes that it only takes one drop
to preserve goodness and justice, and within a limitless ocean; the existence of this drop
is not a lost cause, it is all that matters. And so Cloud Atlas makes its case for how
the human heart, over and over again, will save the world in its entirety. It doesn’t give you a definitive moral path, but it does urge you to take up the responsibility
to find one for yourself. To stop doing the things that make you feel
weak and stand up for what is truly meaningful. To be that one drop in the ocean. On this issue, Pope John Paul the Second presented
a letter to the artists, in which he wrote; “On the threshold of the Third Millennium,
my hope for all of you who are artists is that you will have an especially intense experience
of creative inspiration. May the beauty which you pass on to generations
still to come be such that it will stir them to wonder! Faced with the sacredness of life
and of the human person, and before the marvels of the universe,
wonder is the only appropriate attitude. From this wonder there can come that enthusiasm
of which Norwid spoke in his poem. People of today and tomorrow need this enthusiasm if they are to meet and master the crucial challenges which stand before us. Thanks to this enthusiasm, humanity,
every time it loses its way, will be able to lift itself up and set out again
on the right path. In this sense it has been said with profound insight that “beauty will save the world”.

100 Comments

  • Like Stories of Old says:

    I absolutely love Cloud Atlas! Besides its fantastic direction, it resonated with me on a personal level that I still find difficult to put into the words, which posed quite the challenge for making this video, but I hope I was able to articulate some of it. In case I didn’t or you just want to deepen your understanding; I highly recommend this lecture by Jordan Peterson who also references Solzhenitsyn quite a bit and talks about morality and responsibility in a way that I think fits pretty well with the themes of Cloud Atlas: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gwUJHNPMUyU

    Thanks again to Whitesand for making an amazing cover track of what is definitely one of my favorite soundtracks! You can listen to the track on his channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCe96JG5gdgSRtmqStx0isXA

  • Jonathan Beer says:

    I've watched many video essays on this site, and this has to be one of the most beautiful.

  • Marty McSuperFly! says:

    Synonyms for "predacity": predation / predatism /rapaciousness /rapacity.
    The author, the filmmakers, the performers and the PRODUCER are all Freemasons.
    This is a description of THEM… not us. Glad to see it BOMBED… as is their nature.
    Yes, THEY define the line between good and evil and THEY LIVE.
    "The weak are meat and the strong do eat." … OBVIOUSLY TOM!
    The "greater good" will never "manifest itself" until the world is free of the FREEMASONIC
    CULT OF DEATH…. Hollywood tells THEIR "stories" ( = 33 in English Gematria) and ONLY their stories … Arguments?

  • Iman Fani says:

    unlike many films that are there to justify the political agenda (mainly of U.S) this is a true work of Art with humane intentions

  • TheJunkalos says:

    Jesus christ man, beautiful analysis

  • Brent Testerman says:

    One of my favorite movies.

  • J D says:

    The best movie ever ever seen
    The music and also production
    My respect for this great peace of art

  • Erik Tempelman says:

    Just when I thought this channel could not get any better… it does so, again. Masterful

  • arslongavitabrebis says:

    This theory do not respect the second law of thermodynamics. That's why the film feels artificial.

  • Dash Dandelion says:

    wonderful essay, thank you

  • Steve Owens says:

    When I first watched Cloud Atlas I felt confused, and somehow I knew it would need several viewings for its true meaning to sink in. Now, having sat through this beautiful work of art several times I realise that I have fallen in love with its many meanings and nuances. Quite probably the most compelling and beautifully constructed film I have ever seen. This is special.

  • Patrick Valentino says:

    Loved the film and loved this channel – but watch the film or this vid again and you see a hopeless grasping at an answer to the big questions which one's personal philosophy eliminates or precludes…as if there is an entire, essential puzzle piece missing….one wonders what it can be….generation upon generation, work of art upon work of art, philosophy upon philosophy, all stand incomplete without it, and with it all makes sense…for those who have found it, all makes sense….for those who have not, the best they can hope for is grasping at shadows.

  • Nicholas Rogala says:

    Goddammit how are you able to bring me to tears within 60 seconds of your videos starting? You have a gift, no doubt about it…

  • S. A says:

    I just saw the movie last night and I am left in complete awe from it. It’s truly outstanding

  • Insidious*fastidious says:

    Crazy fucking movie…. I honestly had to be explained on deeper levels over and over but yet I knew suomething more was there, at first it was just me convincing myself this movie was better than it was and I was wanting it to be deeper then it was but the more I was explained the more I realized it was the absolute opposite. Absolutely insane. I just wish I could think and act like this all the time

  • Chris Nelson says:

    One reason I like this channel is because he fucking ends his videos. The others trail off and plug some shit for two minutes at the end without really ending their point or argument.

  • pack180g says:

    There is interconnectedness indeed; but there is a separation that is as natural as the connections. Whole and parts with each part playing its role in the overall workings of the whole. Can you alter the whole by altering the parts? You can try. But good luck with a world half-governed by chance and choice, the two regulators constantly pushing against each other, as outcomes reach into the future to create order. Ah, there it is. Order, Heaven's first law.

    As for beauty, there is seldom a man that has lived to see her true face. For as we struggle to mold and define her essence, we've all become willing dupes in creating what we want as opposed to what could be. It's not beauty that will save us, it's love. For love is the only currency in the universe that can afford to make right all the wrongs wrought by pride, lust, injustice, greed, and selfishness. "And remember the truth that once was spoken: To love another person is to see the face of God."

  • Paul Ticich says:

    You don't know how much I love your videos. How beautiful I think they are. And how much hope they fill me with.

  • Ahmad sarr says:

    Man your videos are powerful and beautifully justified

  • massie muwanga says:

    When this movie came out, I was in Zambia, and my relatives and everyone walked out of the cinema to go watch argo in the next hall, I was left alone in the whole cinema, watched the whole movie by myself. Went home and was speechless, people walked out on knowledge and perspective smh. Amazing movie. Thanks for the review it's crystal

  • Kirill Obraztsov says:

    i see a common thread in life, in our past and perhaps in the future. they say world peace is impossible but i disagree. it is possible in every generation. the the reason we do not have it now is because the previous generation fail to recognize the beauty. there is one true beauty that everyone seems to miss. it is the art of all arts, the miracle of miracles yet it is overlooked by most and truly appreciated by the few. this beauty is life itself. it is The work of art.
    unfortunately most that hear something similar and think they understand but if they did, they would treat all life as a work of art. yet we do not.
    if we see an old painting we would cringe at someone burning it when its just color on an easel but the art of life is something that we take away ourselves or pay others to do it for us.

    "the weak are meet and the strong do eat" this fraise is strong yet we the ones saying it every day with every meal.
    we pay for millions of lives to be killed for our pleasure. we devalue this work of art called life, all life and tell ourselves "its just the way things are. its natural" yet we have a choice and the majority choose personal pleasure over the preservation of life. most do not make this connection and most do not realize that our own lives may be cut short do to the environmental damage our every day choices make.
    our choice to pay for the beauty of other lives to be taken so we can enjoy a taste is driving the planet to an early death from all the negative effects. How can we dream of peace on earth when we as humans are responsible for most of the destruction of life. and not just human life but life of other creatures that we take.

    when one makes the connection between their lives and the lives of other creatures, weather human or other, then there is a chance at peace for if we respect the smallest insect as a life worth loving and appreciating, we would never even consider hurting another human (not talking about self defense) and if we all learn to love all life and not take away lives of thoes we see as below us or weaker or prey, then we naturally will never chose to destroy lives of our fellow humans.

    so next time you go to get food, ask yourselves "Am i the artiest that creates or appreciates all art and wants to protect it, or am i the person who belives that the strong have the right to pray on the week" just some food for thought, excuse the pun. I hope this got at least a few of you thinking. if it did, please like and upvote the comment, it would mean a lot.

  • Tommy Plesky says:

    I've always liked this movie and I didn't know why. Thank you for showing me exactly why. Beautiful film and beautiful review.

  • bene factum says:

    This is like an old friend who reminds me why I pick my self up and reinvent my self in the way bukowski wrote of thank you for this

  • Cloud9 says:

    "Seth Speaks" and "The Nature of Personal Reality" – by Jane Roberts 1970-2, and other "Seth Materials" by the same.

  • Peng Li says:

    Thank you.

  • TimMer1981 says:

    The only problem with Cloud Atlas is that it deals with the ultimate truths of life, of which every single one is complex, which makes it a complex movie, which not a lot of people will fully and truly comprehend. In other words: it's ahead of its time. 🙂

  • TimMer1981 says:

    I could listen to The Cloud Atlas March for the rest of my life and not get bored with it. It's beautiful and magnificent; the most beautiful movie theme I've ever had the pleasure of encountering. 🙂

  • Rebecca Schulz says:

    When I've had a really bad day and feel the futility of my life bearing down on me, I put this video on. It brings me back to the light. From the bottom of my heart, thank you for sharing this wonderful piece of art with the world.

  • Majestic Mojo says:

    Cloud Atlas is a truly beautiful movie. It's so moving and inspiring. It impacted me on a deep level that was already there but helped it surface more. It reminds me of a dream I had. I was an archeologist in a weird time. I found a futuristic treasure chest in the ocean. It had a weird lock on it. The combo was symbols. The combo ended up being a character for where on earth it was located (coordinates), a character for how deep down it was, and one for the location of the stars at thst precise time of its opening. The dream was futuristic and ancient at the same time.

  • Vishant Tomar says:

    thanks for this essay

  • eXtremeDR says:

    The story of Cloud Atlas is part of this interconnectiveness too – that's the tricky part about this universal interconnectiveness, everyone is part of this and so is every single idea and thought.

  • Haiden Geary says:

    To me, LSOO, is most captivating in his works, not due to the content, but to his compassion.

    That is what has kept me coming back so many times. I look forward to each video because his voice seems to get me.

    I am in so much pain, and his voice tends to comfort me. Sir, I salute you.

  • Robert F says:

    gozer! je hebt hiermee weer in de roos geschoten. dank je wel!

  • Avery Bell says:

    Unfortunately, mixing the reincarnations and the same faces to different characters alienated the audience too much.

  • Mike Hillsgrove says:

    The man character was not the actor, but the reborn soul. This is what every Buddhist understood in the story. What we saw was the ascension of the soul.

  • Sunny Wakefield says:

    I LOVE THIS MOVIE !!!

  • REZA M says:

    Beautiful

  • Light Temple Artist 13 says:

    Your work is Beauty! And I am grateful. So many of the movies you work with are movies I’ve been drawn to. Your interpretations are like food for the soul.

  • Eric Day says:

    Amazing, I had a friend tell me that I ABSOLUTELY had to see this movie, that it was spectacular, so naturally I went in with low expectations for the movie, not to be let down. I really wanted to like it, it turned out to be quite possibly the worst movie I ever experienced. Unbelievable.

  • Paul nmn says:

    Beauty is in the eye of the beholder.
    Simple truth that beguiles logic.
    You eschew truth to claim beauty.
    There is truth, there is beauty, there is good there is evil.
    Or there is nothing!

  • jooky87 says:

    I like watching these video essays more than watching the movies.

  • Iron Ballz says:

    Evil prevails when good men do nothing.

  • cmcclive says:

    Thank you for this beautiful narrative. Your words, observations and compilations are brilliant.

  • Jon North says:

    Reason why all communist countries are gray.

  • Alex A says:

    A life changing movie.

  • D T says:

    I hated watching this with closed minded people who just want action packed bullshit

  • Richard Foran says:

    A hard knuckle sandwich is what the critics should of got for there reviews.

  • bestdiver says:

    Well down video essay. Thanks.

  • Pepins Spot says:

    "To stop doing the things that make you feel weak and stand up for what is truly meaningful". F********ck that is deep! Beautiful video essay. My favorite I dare say!

  • Anime Tomboy Enthusiast says:

    https://youtu.be/zemFQADEqi4

  • Attila Varga says:

    We are on the verge of the next revolution to preserve the beauty we achieved.

  • فاطمة الزعابي says:

    This movie is one of my favorites

  • Joker 9ine says:

    I just discovered this gem this year.. 😭😭 Would love to watch more movies like this… Any suggestions please do🤗🙏

  • GERHard Deusser says:

    Englishwithadutchaccent.. Nice.!

  • Eric Gregorious says:

    I have difficulty understanding this film. Been speaking English since I was 8….so 24 yrs….

  • Cliff DaRiff says:

    This movie looks too difficult, too melodramatic, not sure.

  • Ana nimity says:

    Gay ass movie.
    Beyond weird and comprehension.

    A bunch of failed individual mini flicks mashed into 1.

    What's amazing is it managed to trick the idiots that it has hidden meanings and messages to make the idiots think they understand it.

  • Zyklon 1488 says:

    I'll have to give this movie a watch

  • Angelo Amore says:

    If anyone watched this movie, the world would be a better place…

  • Ali Duchesne says:

    "Google and Facebook" spy on all your information and thats creepy " but we are going to make sure you see this in every YouTube video

  • Adaptive Discourse says:

    The gift of beauty is a spiritual gift from God. It resides in our hearts and connects the physical heart to the spiritual gift.

  • Mr. Rolo says:

    I came out of the cinema truly loving this movie back then, sad it is an underrated piece of art!!

  • anthony cooper says:

    Another tremendous video! Thank you for creating this work, and putting it on YouTube.

  • Dina campos lopes says:

    7 ethical journeys.

  • um pouco de prosa says:

    Podia ter legenda em português 😉

  • John Collins says:

    Let me be honest. I did not like this film

  • Carlo Paulo Tolentino says:

    When i watched this movie, i got that same feeling as xenogears.

  • BurgundyandBlue1111 says:

    Cloud Atlas is such a beautiful, moving film. Perhaps its beauty can help save the world!

    Thanks for reminding me of why I love this film, in spite of what some would view as flaws.

  • elijah mikle says:

    Not going to lie, I watched it. Great movie, but I didn't get any of that from watching. LoL

  • Lupe GT says:

    I watched this Gem of a film just a month ago, and I watched it 5 times back to back…film is what moves me and inspires me, this one moved me beyond any film in over a decade, BEAUTIFUL💕💓💕❤💕

  • hjlbjy says:

    Thank you for great essays! They all are great and full of thoughts! This one is particulary inspiring! Keep up the great work!

  • Deborah Victoria Edwards says:

    Blessings from THE TRINITY ✝️👰✨
    TRUE BEAUTY COMES FROM WITHIN. WHAT WE PUT OUT TO THE UNIVERSE IS WHAT MOST WILL INHERIT. THIS IS THE WORLD OF CAUSE AND EFFECT…

  • Clark Parker says:

    I agree with everything except I'd exchange the word beauty with love.

  • JimElford says:

    This movie is beautiful and this essay makes me love it even more than I already did.

  • Jess 89 says:

    Disgusting movie

  • Hardy Raja says:

    I just watched whole movie to understand this .

  • Surreal 99 says:

    Let's begin with setting Dicks on fire, Abratrarily

  • Cassia Chloe says:

    thank you

  • Pierre-Alexis Cossart says:

    A masterpiece, truly amazing

  • S A says:

    This movie was absolutely retarded.

  • Jon Ramsbøl says:

    this was butiful.especialy the letter by the pope at the end.that man was truely insightfull in to the new age of conciouseness.its intaresting how suffering purefies people from sinfull ways and humbles them some call this resoning ageing but in truth it comes from haveing gone threw traumatic exsperiances at a point in life that makes one questing the nature og one self.and chose a maxim to be ones compas from there on. and kindness and good intention will even turn the darkest of hearts to belive this is the principal of polaraty. the kabalion

  • Peter Wuwei says:

    The idea of reincarnation and living in different eras of history is a great concept to present to the masses. There is one major flaw I see based on my understanding of reincarnation, karma and life lessons. That concept being that the stars played out the SAME roles every lifetime. How boring would that be? From my studies on this topic, we are all here to learn both sides of each relationship/dynamic. The laws of karma dictate that too. What you do to someone else, will come back to you and often will be the same being in the opposite role. That means if you kill or betray someone in one lifetime, that person and you will agree to them killing you or betraying you in another one. This will maximize one's potential to learn as you will see both sides of each dynamic, one lifetime you are the perpetrator, the next lifetime you will be the victim. The ultimate goal is to have compassion for both sides and not judge.
    I suppose this mainly feeds the egos of the main characters when they want to play the "good guy/gal" throughout eternity. Would you sign up for that if your close network told you, "we will play out this dynamic in different eras and EVERY time, you will be the bad guy and lose everything in the end." That would get old after one or two replays. What would you learn from that? The popular characters in our clique always get all the glory?

  • 4comment0nly says:

    rarely would beauty save individuals excet indirectly over extended time. its power is for our world, the culture

  • Heavy D says:

    one of the best metaphysical based movies ever made

  • Return 2 Innocence says:

    💧

  • Jacqueline Wernett says:

    There's a Soul and genetics…Reincarnation Estat..Blessings from Jacova 11. Gevurha

  • Kathleen Tague says:

    Tom Hanks is a pedophiles and so is a number of his co-stars. They have been found out. More is coming for Tom Hanks…

  • Marc Guima says:

    The story is about reincarnation.

  • Kyle Ganse says:

    Loved cloud atlas! happy to see this interpretation

  • denise hall says:

    Beauty is truth, truth is beauty.

  • Unum in regno Dei says:

    Best movie

  • survival of the fastest says:

    There are no dreams only nightmares

  • ponybottle says:

    Wonderful insight here! – made me tear-up!

  • TREX LEX says:

    We as humanity believe this or that .From religions like Christianity who very God is a Lunatic and a savage if you care to read the Bible yet there are over 2 billion who claim to belief in the Bible as Good and truth. T he truth is we are all confused and then we claim this is true and that is true and yet we are all wrong.

  • PLN says:

    The shooting star at the end…. Masterful.

  • insaneweasel1 says:

    This could have been a great movie but had too many flaws. One was that the old guy's life would have overlapped with the journalist's. Another is that the theme, while pretty, doesnt stick in the mind well. Personally I also thought somni had an annoying accent.

  • Henk Versteeg says:

    Even een vraagje 🙂 je bent Nederlander neem ik aan (je accent verraad je 😊) laat YouTube dat zomaar toe? Dat je film fragmenten gebruikt? Ik ben nu ook video's aan het maken (voor op YouTube) en ik heb soms beelden nodig uit documentaires om dingen te kunnen illustreren (uitleggen). Hoe werkt dat? Gewoon doen en kijken wat er gebeurd? Of zijn daar methoden voor? vr. gr. Henk Versteeg

  • Aria Acqua says:

    O worship the LORD in the beauty of holiness: fear before him, all the earth. Psm 96:9. Holiness is the true Beauty.

  • QorinHalfhand. says:

    I can rewatch that movie time and time again, it never gets old or boring. Its a timeless masterpiece that really makes you think about certain things. Thank you for this amazing essay.

  • Jamie Bettison says:

    Epicly discussed and evaluated xxx

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