The filming of David Mitchell's acclaimed novel Cloud Atlas, like any act that defies commonsense and carries a high risk of failure, deserves the epithet "brave".
The filming of David Mitchell's acclaimed novel Cloud Atlas, like any act that defies commonsense and carries a high risk of failure, deserves the epithet \"brave\".
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There should be a special medal for adaptations like this, which push the boundaries of reason and in so doing disembowel the original book as if it were the enemy, and not the source of inspiration. Released in the United States last week, Tom Tykwer and the Wachowski brothers' film has been hailed by an American critic as "one of the most ambitious films ever made". One English reviewer was more forthright, describing it as "a roaming behemoth of a movie" that "carries all the hallmarks of a giant folly".
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