History Film / CloudAtlas

27th Jul '16 8:45:43 PM Synchronicity
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* ReincarnationRomance: If one interprets the actors playing reincarnated versions of themselves throughout the story.
** Tom Hanks and Halle Berry appear together as Isaac and Luisa (Isaac falls in LoveAtFirstSight with her), Hoggins and the Indian Woman (to whom Hoggins is attracted to), and finally Zachry and Meronym, who become an OfficialCouple.
** Jim Sturgess and Bae Doona play Adam and Tilda Ewing, Megan's parents in the 1970s plot, and Hae-Joo and Sonmi.
24th Jul '16 7:40:36 PM Beatlemania
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* AdaptationNameChange: Nea So Copros (which presumably refers to ''all'' of Korea) becomes Neo Seoul. While the book makes it clear that none of the names he goes by are real, Hae-Joo Im is named Hae-Joo Chang in the film, as his film version is a CompositeCharacter of Im and Chang.

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* AdaptationNameChange: Nea So Copros (which presumably refers to [[UsefulNotes/{{NorthKorea}} ''all'' of Korea) of]] [[UsefulNotes/{{SouthKorea}} Korea]]) becomes [[MegaCity Neo Seoul.Seoul]]. While the book makes it clear that none of the names he goes by are real, Hae-Joo Im is named Hae-Joo Chang in the film, as his film version is a CompositeCharacter of Im and Chang.
24th Jul '16 7:37:05 PM Beatlemania
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* ''An Orison of Sonmi~451'' (2144): Sonmi is a fabricant, a genetically-engineered clone, employed at the Papa Song's diner chain. She lives in Neo Seoul in a dystopian near future. Fabricants have been created as slaves to a capitalist, totalitarian society -- and Sonmi had the misfortune of developing intelligence far beyond the limits of her genetic engineering. Her story is told in a final interview, during which she's allowed to tell an uncensored account of her entire life. The recording of this interview, called an orison, is viewed by Zachry...

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* ''An Orison of Sonmi~451'' (2144): Sonmi is a fabricant, a genetically-engineered clone, employed at the Papa Song's diner chain. She lives in Neo Seoul [[NewNeoCity Neo]] UsefulNotes/{{Seoul}} in a dystopian near future. Fabricants have been created as slaves to a capitalist, totalitarian society -- and Sonmi had the misfortune of developing intelligence far beyond the limits of her genetic engineering. Her story is told in a final interview, during which she's allowed to tell an uncensored account of her entire life. The recording of this interview, called an orison, is viewed by Zachry...
3rd Jun '16 11:45:58 PM Doug86
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* TheUnfavorite: Robert Frobisher is this to his parents, who much prefer his older brother who died in UsefulNotes/WorldWarOne. Frobisher isn't too fond of his Mater and Pater either.

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* TheUnfavorite: Robert Frobisher is this to his parents, who much prefer his older brother who died in UsefulNotes/WorldWarOne.UsefulNotes/WorldWarI. Frobisher isn't too fond of his Mater and Pater either.
23rd Apr '16 11:47:17 PM gemmabeta2
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A film based on David Mitchell's ({{n|amesTheSame}}o, not ''Series/{{that|MitchellAndWebbLook}}'' Creator/DavidMitchell) [[Literature/CloudAtlas 2004 novel]], '''''Cloud Atlas''''' is a sweeping epic that connects wildly different genres and writing styles into a single narrative. It was written and directed by the Wachowski siblings and Tom Tykwer. The Wachowskis directed the 1849, 2144 and 2321 sequences, and Tom Tykwer directed the 1936, 1973 and 2012 sequences.

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A film based on David Mitchell's ({{n|amesTheSame}}o, not ''Series/{{that|MitchellAndWebbLook}}'' Creator/DavidMitchell) [[Literature/CloudAtlas 2004 novel]], '''''Cloud Atlas''''' is a sweeping epic that connects wildly different genres and writing styles into a single narrative. It was written and directed by the Wachowski siblings Wachowskis and Tom Tykwer. The Wachowskis directed the 1849, 2144 and 2321 sequences, and Tom Tykwer directed the 1936, 1973 and 2012 sequences.
21st Apr '16 5:33:50 PM igordebraga
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* LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters: Yet achieved with a limited set of actors.

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* LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters: Yet achieved with a limited set of actors.LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters \ LoadsOfLoadsOfRoles: To show how HistoryRepeats, [[http://azsunblogger.blogspot.com.br/2013/06/cloud-atlas-study-guide.html?view=sidebar almost every actor has different roles in 2-6 stories]].
2nd Mar '16 5:48:25 PM Wuz
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* BigBad: Most characters played by Hugo Weaving. He's a murderous hitman in 1973, an oppressive battleaxe nurse in 2012, a politician who signs Sonmi's death warrant in 2144 and in 2321, he's literally the devil. Characters played by him that are not be big bads of their era are still villainous to a degree, being a slave trader in 1849 and a Nazi in 1936.

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* BigBad: Most characters played by Hugo Weaving. He's a murderous hitman in 1973, an oppressive battleaxe nurse in 2012, a politician who signs Sonmi's death warrant in 2144 and in 2321, he's literally the devil. Characters played by him that are not be big bads of their era are still villainous to a degree, being a slave trader in 1849 and a Nazi in 1936. The big bad for 1849 goes instead to the greedy Dr. Goose played by Tom Hanks, while in 1936 there is [[NoAntagonist no clear antagonist]] - most of the drama comes from the relationship between Frobisher and Sixsmith.
2nd Mar '16 5:46:21 PM Wuz
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* BigBad: Any character played by Hugo Weaving. He's a slave trader in 1849, a murderous hit man in 1973, an oppressive battleaxe nurse in 2012, a politician who signs Sonmi's death warrant in 2144 and in 2321, he's literally the devil. The only character that isn't one is the Nazi composer in 1936. Most of the drama in that era comes from the relationship between Frobisher and Sixsmith and there is [[NoAntagonist no clear antagonist]].

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* BigBad: Any character Most characters played by Hugo Weaving. He's a slave trader in 1849, a murderous hit man hitman in 1973, an oppressive battleaxe nurse in 2012, a politician who signs Sonmi's death warrant in 2144 and in 2321, he's literally the devil. The only character Characters played by him that isn't one is the are not be big bads of their era are still villainous to a degree, being a slave trader in 1849 and a Nazi composer in 1936. Most of the drama in that era comes from the relationship between Frobisher and Sixsmith and there is [[NoAntagonist no clear antagonist]].1936.
2nd Mar '16 5:42:01 PM Wuz
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* BigBad: Any character played by Hugo Weaving. He's a slave trader in 1849, a Nazi in 1936, a murderous hit man in 1973, an oppressive battleaxe nurse in 2012, a politician who signs Sonmi's death warrant in 2144 and in 2321, he's literally the devil.

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* BigBad: Any character played by Hugo Weaving. He's a slave trader in 1849, a Nazi in 1936, a murderous hit man in 1973, an oppressive battleaxe nurse in 2012, a politician who signs Sonmi's death warrant in 2144 and in 2321, he's literally the devil. The only character that isn't one is the Nazi composer in 1936. Most of the drama in that era comes from the relationship between Frobisher and Sixsmith and there is [[NoAntagonist no clear antagonist]].
17th Jan '16 8:38:47 PM Angeldeb82
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A film based on David Mitchell's ([[NamesTheSame no]], not ''[[Series/ThatMitchellAndWebbLook that]]'' DavidMitchell) [[Literature/CloudAtlas 2004 novel]], '''''Cloud Atlas''''' is a sweeping epic that connects wildly different genres and writing styles into a single narrative. It was written and directed by the Wachowski siblings and Tom Tykwer. The Wachowskis directed the 1849, 2144 and 2321 sequences, and Tom Tykwer directed the 1936, 1973 and 2012 sequences.

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A film based on David Mitchell's ([[NamesTheSame no]], ({{n|amesTheSame}}o, not ''[[Series/ThatMitchellAndWebbLook that]]'' DavidMitchell) ''Series/{{that|MitchellAndWebbLook}}'' Creator/DavidMitchell) [[Literature/CloudAtlas 2004 novel]], '''''Cloud Atlas''''' is a sweeping epic that connects wildly different genres and writing styles into a single narrative. It was written and directed by the Wachowski siblings and Tom Tykwer. The Wachowskis directed the 1849, 2144 and 2321 sequences, and Tom Tykwer directed the 1936, 1973 and 2012 sequences.



* ''Letters from Zedelghem'' (1931): Robert Frobisher is a tremendously snarky English musician and aspiring composer, formerly [[RichInDollarsPoorInSense Rich In Pounds, Poor In Sense]] and now penniless after a bad game. On the run, he charms his way into a job as an assistant to a retired composer, settling with his employer in Zedelghem, Belgium. He records his experiences in a series of letters, which he sends to his friend and lover Rufus Sixsmith. Much later in life, the letters are read by Luisa Rey...

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* ''Letters from Zedelghem'' (1931): Robert Frobisher is a tremendously snarky English musician and aspiring composer, formerly [[RichInDollarsPoorInSense Rich In in Pounds, Poor In in Sense]] and now penniless after a bad game. On the run, he charms his way into a job as an assistant to a retired composer, settling with his employer in Zedelghem, Belgium. He records his experiences in a series of letters, which he sends to his friend and lover Rufus Sixsmith. Much later in life, the letters are read by Luisa Rey...



* BittersweetEnding: Each story ends ranges from [[DownerEnding tragic]] to [[EarnYourHappyEnding uplifting]], so in the end, the story as a whole is bittersweet. The very last chronological story involves [[spoiler:civilization fleeing Earth and moving off-world toward an unknown but hopeful future, with Meronym and Zachry HappilyMarried.]].

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* BittersweetEnding: Each story ends ranges from [[DownerEnding tragic]] to [[EarnYourHappyEnding uplifting]], so in the end, the story as a whole is bittersweet. The very last chronological story involves [[spoiler:civilization fleeing Earth and moving off-world toward an unknown but hopeful future, with Meronym and Zachry HappilyMarried.]].HappilyMarried]].



* BrickJoke: Cavendish trying to rally his fellow nursing-home inmates with "Film/SoylentGreen is people!" gets an IronicEcho [[spoiler:when Sonmi~451 discovers what ''really'' happens to Fabricants chosen for Xultation...]]

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* BrickJoke: Cavendish trying to rally his fellow nursing-home inmates with "Film/SoylentGreen is people!" gets an IronicEcho [[spoiler:when Sonmi~451 discovers what ''really'' happens to Fabricants chosen for Xultation...]]Xultation..]].



* BurgerFool: Papa Song's Dinery where Sonmi~451 and her fellow clones work is a nightmare version of a fast food restaurant. In the novel, it's strongly implied to literally just be UsefulNotes/{{McDonalds}}, with multiple references to its "Golden Arches", the red and yellow colour scheme, and the Papa Song mascot resembling a clown. The film (very likely to avoid getting sued into oblivion) avoids this, having Papa Song look like an obese, smiling yellow Buddha-like figure, which is strongly thematically relevant on its own, given that Sonmi eventually becomes a REAL Buddha-like being in history herself and Buddha is mentioned very prominently in her story in the novel.

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* BurgerFool: Papa Song's Dinery where Sonmi~451 and her fellow clones work is a nightmare version of a fast food restaurant. In the novel, it's strongly implied to literally just be UsefulNotes/{{McDonalds}}, UsefulNotes/McDonalds, with multiple references to its "Golden Arches", the red and yellow colour scheme, and the Papa Song mascot resembling a clown. The film (very likely to avoid getting sued into oblivion) avoids this, having Papa Song look like an obese, smiling yellow Buddha-like figure, which is strongly thematically relevant on its own, given that Sonmi eventually becomes a REAL Buddha-like being in history herself and Buddha is mentioned very prominently in her story in the novel.



* DoomedAppointment: Mentioned by the [[GenreSavvy genre-savvy]] [[KidDetective Javier Gomez]]:

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* DoomedAppointment: Mentioned by the [[GenreSavvy genre-savvy]] GenreSavvy [[KidDetective Javier Gomez]]:



* DoomedMoralVictor: Sonmi. To the point that she's worshipped as a god in the future.

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* DoomedMoralVictor: Sonmi. To the point that she's worshipped worshiped as a god in the future.



* {{Greed}}: Dr Henry Goose has a chronic case of this, slowly killing Adam Ewing off to get at the gold in his chest. [[spoiler:He eventually gets hit over the head by the chest, cracking his skull and pooling blood around the gold he so desired. [[{{Anvilicious}} Subtle]].]]

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* {{Greed}}: Dr Henry Goose has a chronic case of this, slowly killing Adam Ewing off to get at the gold in his chest. [[spoiler:He eventually gets hit over the head by the chest, cracking his skull and pooling blood around the gold he so desired. [[{{Anvilicious}} Subtle]].]]Subtle.]]]]



* HumansAreTheRealMonsters: [[ZigZaggedTrope Played straight, subverted, invoked, played straight again, and discussed at length]]. Arguably, the degree of truth to this trope is the main theme of the novel.

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* HumansAreTheRealMonsters: [[ZigZaggedTrope Played straight, subverted, invoked, played straight again, and discussed at length]]. length.]] Arguably, the degree of truth to this trope is the main theme of the novel.



* ImAHumanitarian: Cannibalism, both literal and figurative, is a running motif through most of the stories. A few examples: In the first story Ewing is afraid the Moriori will eat him, and Dr. Goose remarks, "The weak are meat, the strong do eat." Cavendish jokingly references SoylentGreen. In Sonmi's story [[spoiler: Fabricants are recycled into food and other Fabricants]], and the last story has the Kona, a tribe of outright cannibals.

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* ImAHumanitarian: Cannibalism, both literal and figurative, is a running motif through most of the stories. A few examples: In the first story Ewing is afraid the Moriori will eat him, and Dr. Goose remarks, "The weak are meat, the strong do eat." Cavendish jokingly references SoylentGreen.Film/SoylentGreen. In Sonmi's story [[spoiler: Fabricants are recycled into food and other Fabricants]], and the last story has the Kona, a tribe of outright cannibals.



* ManipulativeBastard: Frobisher, very much so. [[NotSoDifferent As is Ayrs]].

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* ManipulativeBastard: Frobisher, very much so. [[NotSoDifferent As is Ayrs]].Ayrs.]]



* MetaTwist: Timothy mentions [[spoiler:Soylent Green]] in connection with cloned Koreans before Sonmi's story even starts; the clones all [[spoiler: drinking the same nutrients each day]] invokes the connection very strongly. But the plot thread seemingly gets dropped very early on in Sonmi's tale, to focus on political intrigue instead. Small hints are dropped -- a reference to Malthus, for example. By the time Sonmi reaches the ship, it's of course a ForegoneConclusion that Xultation isn't real... but the sudden return of [[spoiler: the SoylentGreen theme]] is unexpected, if just because the story already includes such a large number of other famous sci-fi twists in its loving {{pastiche}}. And then it gets taken a step further when it turns out that [[spoiler:not just the Soap is made of discarded clones, but also the regular food in Papa Song's diner]].

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* MetaTwist: Timothy mentions [[spoiler:Soylent Green]] in connection with cloned Koreans before Sonmi's story even starts; the clones all [[spoiler: drinking the same nutrients each day]] invokes the connection very strongly. But the plot thread seemingly gets dropped very early on in Sonmi's tale, to focus on political intrigue instead. Small hints are dropped -- a reference to Malthus, for example. By the time Sonmi reaches the ship, it's of course a ForegoneConclusion that Xultation isn't real... but the sudden return of [[spoiler: the SoylentGreen Film/SoylentGreen theme]] is unexpected, if just because the story already includes such a large number of other famous sci-fi twists in its loving {{pastiche}}. And then it gets taken a step further when it turns out that [[spoiler:not just the Soap is made of discarded clones, but also the regular food in Papa Song's diner]].



** [[spoiler:Frobisher has a short-lived infatuation for Ayrs in the film]].
** [[spoiler:Hae-Joo and Sonmi have sex in the novel too, but the novel's incidence is emotionally sterile GladToBeAliveSex. The sexual encounter in the film is on much better terms; the film also has Sonmi declare her undying love for Hae-Joo in her orison]].
** [[spoiler:Meronym for Zachry]].

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** [[spoiler:Frobisher has a short-lived infatuation for Ayrs in the film]].
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** [[spoiler:Hae-Joo and Sonmi have sex in the novel too, but the novel's incidence is emotionally sterile GladToBeAliveSex. The sexual encounter in the film is on much better terms; the film also has Sonmi declare her undying love for Hae-Joo in her orison]].
orison.]]
** [[spoiler:Meronym for Zachry]].Zachry.]]



* ReleasedToElsewhere: [[spoiler: The fabricants believe Xultation means liberation, and look forward to it -- except they're only taken away to be killed and recycled]].

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* ReleasedToElsewhere: [[spoiler: The fabricants believe Xultation means liberation, and look forward to it -- except they're only taken away to be killed and recycled]].recycled.]]



* TheSecretOfLongPorkPies: [[spoiler: The Soap that the Fabricants drink? It's made from them. And if we are also going by the book, the food at Papa-Song's is essentially SoylentGreen as well.]]

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* TheSecretOfLongPorkPies: [[spoiler: The Soap that the Fabricants drink? It's made from them. And if we are also going by the book, the food at Papa-Song's is essentially SoylentGreen Film/SoylentGreen as well.]]



* StopOrIWillShoot: "[[NoKillLikeOverkill Excessive force authorised]]."

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* StopOrIWillShoot: "[[NoKillLikeOverkill "[[ThereIsNoKillLikeOverkill Excessive force authorised]]."authorised.]]"



** [[spoiler: Frobisher hopes that this will be the fate of himself and Sixsmith. Considering that the entire plot is about reincarnation, not the afterlife, this may be either false hope or they could be together in another timeline. Interestingly (in the film at least), they both die the same way - with a gun in their mouth.)]]

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** [[spoiler: Frobisher hopes that this will be the fate of himself and Sixsmith. Considering that the entire plot is about reincarnation, not the afterlife, this may be either false hope or they could be together in another timeline. Interestingly (in the film at least), they both die the same way - with a gun in their mouth.)]]]]



** Adam Ewing's plot to ''Literature/MobyDick'' (with Melville and whales being mentioned frequently), and Cavendish's story to ''OneFlewOverTheCuckoosNest'' (he saw the film once).

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** Adam Ewing's plot to ''Literature/MobyDick'' (with Melville and whales being mentioned frequently), and Cavendish's story to ''OneFlewOverTheCuckoosNest'' ''Film/OneFlewOverTheCuckoosNest'' (he saw the film once).
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