Cloud Atlas

Cloud Atlas

© 2012 – Warner Bros. Pictures The latest ambitious project by the Wachowskis (Andy Wachowski and Lana Wachowski) is Cloud Atlas, an intricate tale of lives through the ages. This is a fascinating film from the creators of The Matrix. The script is imbued with philosophy, as is most of their work. They take us on a journey in Cloud Atlas with a storyteller, who weaves us through lifetimes to show us how a connection in one lifetime can sustain us or undo us. The course of the characters is so intricate that according to IMDb “the directors told the actors to think of their roles as a “genetic strain” rather than a series of individual parts, with actions in one story-line affecting another.” Love, of course, is the eternal bond that snakes its way through the ages. The desire to protect those we love, and shield them from harm can propel us to great deeds, as can the need to repay a debt of gratitude for a kindness extended or a life saved. Along with the love themes are the questions of courage and truth. Which things are worth risking your life, and what is the price to pay for cowardice or indifference? When is a hidden truth worth risking everything to expose? © 2012 – Warner Bros. Pictures – Still of Xun Zhou in Cloud Atlas In Cloud Atlas, you will watch as the cast transforms in each age in which they live. You’ll have to pay close attention because the stories are interwoven and Tom Hanks in one part of the tale is not the same...
Splice

Splice

If you are looking for an intriguing alien/horror film to watch, Splice is a good choice. Splice stars Adrien Brody and Sarah Polley as two scientists who cross the line between research and obsession. Both scientists will do almost anything to keep their research alive, including using their own DNA to move things along. Splice Dren played rather brilliantly in Splice by both Abigail Chu, as the young Dren, and Delphine Chanéac, as the adult Dren, is the result of playing God. The next dilemmas come over whether or not they should disclose the fact that they now have a “child” from the research; and then what do you do when you discover that the cute little alien “child” is actually quite deadly, if provoked. Can they train Dren to use her abilities only to protect herself from a true threat? The scientific questions are actually very interesting and not beyond the realm of what could come about in these days of scientific and technological breakthroughs. Splice Splice has a small cast, which suits the mood, and tension of the film. They are put to good use by the director, Vincenzo Natali. Known best so far for Cube by sci-fi/horror fans, he brings the same detailed thought and attention to the character development in this film. Some fun twists and turns keeps you on your toes, and Dren’s humanity keeps you off-balance and vulnerable. This is not a movie for kids. It deals with adult issues, and the story gets very intense. There is a fair amount of profanity, and sexual material, but more than that there are sections...

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