Pine Nuts $6.24
Cloud Atlas $8.00
Dragon Fruit $9.06
Cloud Atlas is just about three hours long, and, while ambitious, if not staggering, they tried to do too much with six "interconnected" stories at different points in the past and future. The switching back and forth in time without much meaning (to me) was confusing. One story was filmed in Hawaii. Again, this was like A Sound of Thunder, in that any act can shape the future. Best as I could figure out, there is such a thing as a soul, which evolves over time. At least the Cloud Atlas Sextet did transcend time, and, perhaps, music is one variation of what might be a soul.
Rotten Tomatoes indicated that reviewers gave it a 63% rating, while audiences averaged 77%. I doubt if the film will earn more than $140 million, the cost of production.
I fell asleep a couple of times and was dismayed that Tom Hanks and Halle Berry were mostly tedious. Hugh Grant is in all six stories, except you wouldn't recognize him. Here is one role:
I equate Cloud Atlas with The Tree of Life. What does Cloud Atlas mean? Not sure, but something to do with the universality of human nature, whatever that means. Maybe I should go see it a second time.