I saw one of those lists of “the 10 best movies you never bothered to see,” and noted down four or five of them. Cloud Atlas is the first to arrive, and yes, it’s one of those WOW movies you should add to your list.
Six stories set in divers settings and time periods intertwine, with the same actors portraying characters in each story line. It’s a marvel just to pick out who becomes whom. If you are already a fan of the Wachowski siblings, you probably were in the theater opening day. –I just checked the stats, and the film was budgeted at 102M, and has had a take of 27M, so ouch! Rent this one and help bring up the stats; we need Hollywood green-lighting more ambitious (visually/story/style) projects like Cloud Atlas.