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Family Movie Review: Cloud Atlas (R)

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MPAA Rating: R        Length: 172 minutes

Age Appropriate for: 16+. If your teenager could handle “The Matrix” trilogy, they can handle this. The six intersecting storylines include frequent violence, including some gory things like whipping, throat-slitting, and systematic murder; both implied and simulated sex scenes, with nudity from both men and women; a fair amount of cursing; and drinking and smoking marijuana.

Directing siblings the Wachowskis go big with ‘Cloud Atlas,’ the passion project they’ve been working on for years. An ambitious story with six interconnecting narratives, a bunch of commentary about the meaning of life, and an important sense of sentimentality, ‘Cloud Atlas’ delivers in a way the Wachowskis haven’t since ‘The Matrix.’

By Roxana Hadadi

You’re going to have pay attention during “Cloud Atlas,” and it’s going to pay off. The latest offering from the Wachowski siblings, creators of “The Matrix” and its fairly disappointing-but-still-super-successful two sequels, “Cloud Atlas” is another foray sci-fi-tinged musings on what makes us human, how individual choices can determine our own lives or those of others. Based on the 2004 novel by British author David Mitchell, “Cloud Atlas” aims high and mostly delivers, smoothly mixing dystopian themes with a sense of sentimental humanism. It gets hokey sometimes, but that’s part of the charm.

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