Cloud Atlas (2012)
Cloud Atlas SynopsisFrom acclaimed filmmakers Lana Wachowski, Tom Tykwer, and Andy Wachowski comes the powerful and inspiring epic Cloud Atlas, based on the best-selling novel by David Mitchell.
Drama, mystery, action and enduring love thread through a single story that unfolds in multiple timelines over the span of 500 years. Characters meet and reunite from one life to the next. Born and reborn.
As the consequences of their actions and choices impact one another through the past, the present and the distant future, one soul is shaped from a killer into a hero, and a single act of kindness ripples across centuries to inspire a revolution.
Everything is connected.
Cloud Atlas Release Date
In Theaters October 26, 2012
Cloud Atlas Credits
Starring: Tom Hanks, Halle Berry, Jim Broadbent, Hugo Weaving, Jim Sturgess, Doona Bae, Ben Whishaw, James D'Arcy, Zhou Xun, Keith David, David Gyasi, Susan Sarandon, and Hugh Grant
Written by: Tom Tykwer, Andy Wachowski, and Lana Wachowski
Directed by: Lana Wachowski, Tom Tykwer, and Andy Wachowski
Produced by: Grant Hill, Stefan Arndt, Lana Wachowski, Tom Tykwer, and Andy Wachowski
MPAA Rating: [ R ]
Distributor: Warner Bros. Pictures
External Info: Cloud Atlas Official Website
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