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DVD review: 'Atlas' links past, present and future

Published May 14, 2013 9:18 am

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Grade • B+

DVD • Endlessly inventive, and occasionally off-the-rails nutso, "Cloud Atlas" is a whirling series of six interlocking stories from different eras, from the 1800s to the 2300s.

In each story, the same group of actors — Tom Hanks, Halle Berry, Jim Sturgess, Hugh Grant, Susan Sarandon, Jim Broadbent and Korean star Doona Bae — appear in different roles. And in each, there rises a question of whether someone will step up as a hero or allow evil (usually in the form of Hugo Weaving) to prevail.

Directors Tom Tykwer ("Run Lola Run") and Andy and Lana Wachowski ("The Matrix") collaborate to adapt David Mitchell's novel into an eye-popping examination of cosmic connectedness. —

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