Just to clarify, I am a very empirical person. I don't belong to any established religious group, I don't believe in the existence of the God or Gods. I don't think there is somewhere you go after you die, I don't think there is reincarnation, I don't think there is a cosmic reason to everything or anything, and I don't think somebody will count your karma and give you a better luck for it. I think what happens when you die is that your brain stops working, your mind ceases to exist and your body rot, or gets incinerated. There is no soul, no spirit, no ghosts or any other supernatural beings. Life originated on Earth from organic compounds by chance, and then evolved into various life forms through evolution by natural selection. There is no Alien intervention, no Alien abduction or any of those things.
Still, I feel a strong connection with this film. I can't really explain it, it's like I know it's not true, but it does not change the fact that these are beautiful stories. Just like how many of the best stories ever told never happened, they're fiction, and that's what they are.
I think it is exactly the kind of movie I like with the themes of love, righteousness and ideals. Some of the stories don't make a whole lot of sense. For example in the last story I still don't understand why can't the high-tech black people just fly to the communication station. I mean they drive around in this hydrofoil ship with fusion reactors but they don't have a helicopter on it? And in the Neo Seoul story how is it efficient to feed these cloned people back to themselves because this process of converting meat into your own body is incredibly inefficient. But in the case of this movie, I would argue that these problems don't matter because they're not the point, the point is that these things happened, and the characters responded in the way they did.
|I love this, I hate how people always try to explain things away with "opinions" and "perspective"|
|She looks like crap but she makes an excellent point, unfair treatment for women is still rampant today.|
|Except the act itself is more than enough.|
And then we have the second story taking place in 1939. It is about this young talented composer who works for this old famous composer and coming up with the Cloud Atlas Sextet. The old guy wants to claim it for his own so the young guy shoots him and then shoots himself so he could be known to be the true author of his work.
At first I thought that the young guy really did write it by himself. And then I realized that it actually is a collaboration between the two guys. They almost had an agreement on that but then the old guy somehow didn't want to be sexually involved so he sort of turned to the devil and wants to take it for himself. The young guy in anger of this also lied to himself and thought that it was entirely his work.
This one I think is about doing the right thing, no matter the cost, when the reporter says in this line, "You must do, whatever you can't not do."
The next story which takes place to modern day London, I don't even have a screenshot for. You know, who cares about old people.... That's the exact mentality we are talking about here. Clearly I'm not learning from it.
That's something I wanted to talk about, sometimes you just can't help it. People have done studies that show somehow we automatically think black people are criminals and stuff and then claims it to be discrimination. I don't think so, because there are certain characteristics recognized by everyone to be a sign of something. Not just in America, even in Asian films you often see bad people as depicted in darker colors and good people in lighter colors.
It's the same thing for old people, do I think we should treat them nicely? absolutely, and I do my best to accomplish that goal. But when it comes to story telling, I'm just not very interested in old people because it doesn't connect with me very well.
The next story is probably my favorite. Neo Seoul in the future employs these clone people as workers in cafes and I would assume, everywhere else. These clone people are basically slaves they have absolutely no freedom, just work, eat and sleep.
One of these workers is freed by an underground resistance force, this guy to be exact.
|"I'm Asian, trust me!"|
|Ninja bullet dodge on a super narrow bridge.|
|Future Korean like to spray random rockets everywhere without aiming|
|Police force with too much money on their hands|
|Ultimate hentai factory|
|The actress was already 32 years old, not exactly. But she is a beautiful character.|
So the resistance's goal is to show the clone girl the truth behind the industry, which is how they produce these slave labor, have them work, kill them, and turn them into food and source material to make more of them.
And then they attack a TV station and have the girl go on TV to talk about her revelations, which is the speech you can see in the trailer. But the attack was just a suicide mission, they broadcast and then everyone dies.
I make it sound stupid and cold but it is really a powerful story, trust me.
So she did find a guide who would walk her there, which is our protagonist of the story. He's got a inner devil who is personified and tells him to do the wrong thing all the time.
I always thought these things are funny, how the tribes people don't have technologies but they have inner devils to tell them what to do...
Then the movie just skips forward for a couple of decades when the woman and the protagonist guy are both grand parents and they are now on another planet looking back at Earth.
Yea, I don't think you can see the Earth from another star system, even with the biggest telescopes. And it will definitely not be blue. It would be more red/orange because you'll be seeing the Sun instead.
Anyway, great movie, I hate how I lack the literacy skills to show how strongly I felt about it. I can imagine how it has a mixed review because some people don't really like it that much. I think it boils down to how some people like to see stories that reveal nasty and realistic sides of humanity. And there are stories that are much more romantic (the classical sense) and idealistic about the positive sides. I'm for the latter and I don't like the prior type.