“Everything is connected.” Remember Cloud Atlas? The latest film from the Wachowskis and German director Tom Tykwer was probably the most ambitious film of 2012. Although the film was a colossal box office disappointment, the genre hybrid film still managed to capture the imagination of many. One of the reasons why the film didn’t perform well in theaters was its three-hour running time and time-jumping narrative structure.
General audiences found Cloud Atlas to be just too weird. Now that it’s out on Blu-ray/DVD, hopefully Cloud Atlas will find a new audience. Warner Bros. has released an infographic with the home entertainment release of Cloud Atlas, which should help people follow along with the film’s complicated narrative structure. Check it out below. (Click the picture for a larger version you can actually read.)
The Cloud Atlas infographic features all of the film’s major characters in their specific storyline and time period. It shows how each character is connected to the others throughout history. It also notes the narrative devices (a journal, letter, or film) that connect each storyline. It’s pretty comprehensive and in-depth.
Last year, Cinema Blend’s Kristy Puchko released her own Cloud Atlas infographic that highlights each character connection in the ambitious film. Although both infographics are very different, both prove that Cloud Atlas is the type of film you really have to think about before you pass judgment. It’s by no means a conventional piece of work.
Cloud Atlas stars 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. Each actor played multiple roles that crossed gender, age, and race, which is probably another reason why general audiences weren’t sure what to make of the film.