Tom Hanks, Halle Berry, Hugh Grant, Hugo Weaving, Susan Sarandon.
An exploration of how the actions of individual lives impact one another in the past, present and future, as one soul is shaped from a killer into a hero, and an act of kindness ripples across centuries to inspire a revolution. The story is a time-shifting weave of six interlinking narratives, with diverse settings from the savagery of a Pacific Island in the 1850s to a dystopian Korea of the near future.
The make up for this movie included Koreanizing the actors' eyes. Bae Doona and Zhou Xun played non-Asian characters (including Bae's portrayal of a Mexican woman involving five hours of makeup and facial prosthetics), and biracial Halle Balle played a white character.
It stretches the boundaries of its genre a bit, but is still very much 'of' its genre. But that's more how I see it now, the next day. Right after it ended it seemed like it had hit an above average level of depth and meaning. I was thinking 'Wow, the Wachowskis did THAT?!'--as in, it didn't seem like their usual heavy-on-the-action/special effects Matrix-esque fare. (But maybe I just don't know them well enough?) This does heavy action sequences and special effects, but they're not as central as in some films. It's really a movie about connections between people, across time(s). I recommend it.
The best part I can say about this movie are the different characters Tom Hanks plays AND his makeup artists. Otherwise it's confusing back & forth history, future, reincarnation, lots of violence, new age, some gay men thrown in.
Find better ways to spend an evening.
Some say the book is better...earlier I'd tried BOCD and was not intrigued, just confused, after the whole 1st CD, did not continue.
While I enjoyed aspects of this movie, I think it does run on a little long, and it definitely gets very confusing. I've heard that the book is better, and this did give me the incentive to want to try to read the book...someday. Overall, I think this was just one big bid for the best make-up nomination. And really, the make-up and costuming is pretty incredible. Try to make it all the way to the end because that's where you'll really get the full impact of that.
I can see why people love this movie, and I can see why people don't like it. It is a complex twisting story that can be hard to follow at points but can also be interesting in the way it is woven together. It is movie you have to think about, but I think worth while to watch. It covers the lives to serveral people (mostly around two) and their interactions set over multiple lifetimes.
First I must type two words they are: TWO TIMES. If you are going to watch this film you must do two things, first you must pay attention for the entire three hours, second you must watch it twice. The story is there and it is amazing, the instigation of thoughts, theories, ideas, questions, and answers will linger and bounce through your mind for days after you have seen this film the second time. An even better way to enjoy it would be to watch it alone once and with others the second time, then let the discussions fly. How much of what we do in this life is echoed into future lives and past lives? How many people do we know that we have known for hundreds of years or hundreds of years to come? Are you reading this review because you were meant to read what I had typed for you to read, did we know each other before and will we communicate again with one another?
It is very rare for me to see a film that I cannot get out of my mind for days on end. This film has stuck with me and I felt was very well done. It has easily made it into my top 10 favorites of all time.
The warning before you watch is this, if you are looking for a summer action type movie, this is NOT it, if you are looking for a period drama piece this is NOT it, if you are looking for a comedy of slastick or dark humor, this is NOT it, but if you want a film that you can have good discussion about with others and a film that can offer you the opportunity to see your life from a bit of a different angle, then THIS IS A GREAT FILM for you.
I really liked this movie, surprisingly. The movie gets to be a little confusing because it jumps around different time periods. However, the meaning behind the movie is really strong and I thoroughly enjoyed every second of this film.