Cloud Atlas: a Paradox, a Deepity, or an Oxymoron?

The buzz around Cloud Atlas is pretty intense (it received a ten minute standing ovation at a recent film festival screening), and here are the film’s three directors–three!–doing a promo:


I’m certainly curious to see the film, but I can’t decide whether I like its title or not. Is it:

  • unironically promising the audience a map to the landscapes of change;
  • something meaningless pretending to be meaningful (a Daniel Dennett “deepity”); or
  • simply oxymoronic?

And the actual trailer itself comes off, at least to me, as Green Mile meets Waterworld. But what say you? Hype or ripe?

About Santi Tafarella

I teach writing and literature at Antelope Valley College in California.
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