Cloud Atlas

Synopsis: Everything is connected: an 1849 diary of an ocean voyage across the Pacific; letters from a composer to his lover; a thriller about a conspiracy at a nuclear power plant; a farce about a publisher in a nursing home; a rebellious clone in futuristic Korea; and the tale of a tribe living on post-apocalyptic Hawaii far in the future.
Genre: Action, Drama, Mystery
Production: Warner Bros. Pictures
  Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. Another 16 wins & 75 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
172 min

Lornsome night.

An' babbits bawlin', wind bitin' the bone.

Wind like this...

full of voices.

It's the ancestry howlin' at ya;

yibberin' stories.

All voices... tied up into one.

One voice different...

One voice

whisperin' out there; spyin' from 'he dark.

That fangy devil,

Old Georgie hisself.

Now you hear up close

and I'll yarn you about the first time we met

eye to eye.

And thus it was that I made the acquaintance

of Dr. Henry Goose,

the man I hoped might cure me of my affliction.

Have you lost something?

Question one:

What secret in Sixsmith's report

would be worth killing for?

Question two:

Is it reasonable to believe that they would

kill again to protect that secret?

And if so, question three:

What the f*** am I doing here?

While my extensive experience as an editor

has led me to a disdain for flashbacks

and flash forwards and all such tricksy gimmicks,

I believe that if you, dear reader,

can extend your patience for just a moment,

you will find there is a method to this tale of madness.

My dearest Sixsmith,

I shot myself through the roof

of my mouth this morning,

with Vyvyan Ayrs' Luger.

A true suicide is a paced, disciplined certainty.

People pontificate "suicide is a coward's act".

Couldn't be further from the truth.

Suicide takes tremendous courage.

Any problem, sir, you just hit this button.

Thank you.

On behalf of my Ministry and the future of Unanimity,

I would like to thank you for this final interview.

- Hello.

- Press pass.

Expecting trouble?

I was Dermot Hoggins' publisher,

not his shrink or his astrologer

and the ruddy, bloody truth is,

I had no idea what the man was gonna do that night.

This beach was once a cannibal's banqueting hall,

where the strong gorged on the weak,

but the teeth, sir, they spat out,

like you or I would expel a cherry stone.

Do you know the price a quarter pound of these will earn?

Remember this is not an interrogation or a trial.

Your version of the truth is all that matters.

Truth is singular.

Its "versions" are... mistruths.

Don't let them say I killed myself for love.

Had my infatuations, but we both know in our hearts

who is the sole love of my short, bright life.


[The Pacific Islands, the year 1849]

There you are, Mr. Ewing.

As binding a covenant there can ever be between men...

outside the province of Scripture.

Thank you, Reverend Horrox, I...

know my father-in-law is profoundly excited about this deal.

Haskell Moore is a great man.

Future generations depend on men like him;

men capable of speaking the truth.


When I first encountered Haskell Moore's writing,

its perspicuity struck me as though delivered

through divine revelation.

The learned doctor here and I have

already spent many a night debating Mr. Moore's tractus.

I'm only willing to concede that he makes a compelling case

as to why we are sitting here, enjoying this divine lamb,

while Kupaka stands there, content to serve.

Indeed. Uh, Kupaka...

you enjoy your life, here with us, do you not?

Oh yes, Reverend, sir.

Kupaka very happy here.

You see, you see? This is Moore's ladder of civilization.

The reason behind this natural order...

Please, Giles, do shut up.

I've been listening to this for weeks, I...

would love to know what his own son-in-law

has to say about it.

Oh... well let's see... ah,

it is an inquiry concerning God's will and the nature of men.

And what does he have to say about the nature of women?

I'm afraid that's a subject he prefers to pass by in silence.

He wouldn't be the first.

Uh, pray, Mr. Ewing, continue.

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David Mitchell

David Stephen Mitchell is an English novelist and screenwriter. He has written nine novels, two of which, number9dream and Cloud Atlas, were shortlisted for the Booker Prize. more…

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