Director: Tom Tykwer & The Wachowski Siblings
Starring: Tom Hanks, Halle Berry
WTF is going on here! My mind was racing so hard for the entire three hours of this film. It felt like I just watched the entire TV series of 'Lost' - or was it my past self, or maybe my future self. Whoever it was, I can confidently say that all three of me enjoyed it immensely. In fact they should follow up and make a TV series based on it. HBO?
The plot/s revolve around a group of people that are all somehow linked throughout time. There are 6 interrelated and interwoven time periods starting in 1849 then leaping all over the place into the future and beyond. Tom Hanks and Halle Berry seem to be the principle players but there are so many other interesting characters, and the actors all play the roles in each time period. The fun part is trying to guess who is who. Just when you start to get into one time period they jump into another. It takes a while to get used to the jumping around but you eventually begin to follow the story. Watching it again to pick up on things I missed.
"Our lives are not our own. From womb to tomb, we are bound to others"
This reminded me of Aronofsky's 'The Fountain', just not as intense. The official synopsis describes it as the actions of individual lives impacting on one another in the past, present and future. There's lots of layers to this film and what I feel came to the top was that we are re-incarnated to try and do better the next time around until we get it right. What 'it' actually is that we are supposed to get right, will free us from the shackles we put on others like slavery and servitude but most importantly it will free us from ourselves.
Some people finally get it right like Tom Hanks's characters, and some like Hugo Weaving's... well their just assholes for all eternity. One things for sure the Wachowski Siblings got this right and brought to life one hell of a story to pass on to our kids, ROB