Every once in a while, there are movies that don´t end with the credits. They follow you out of the cinema, and stick with you for a while. They don´t follow the same damn Hollywood trademark pattern that is so washed out, the colors have disappeared twice. Every once in a while there are movies that take you deep inside your own brain, to places you rarely visit intentionally and voluntarily, at least not without being fairly intoxicated. The Wachowski brothers have done it again, together with Tom Tykwer. Or excuse me, the Wachowski siblings… Lana Wachowski did after all do a gender change since their last notable movie Speed Racer from 2008 (they also produced Ninja Assassin in 2009, but that movie was forgotten even before it was watched…). And when I say done it again, I mean making a real mindblowing movie, as they did with The Matrix.
It might not be as revolutionizing as The Matrix, and it might not be flawless. Heck, most critics might even end up hating this mess of a movie. But I see beautiful gems in a pile of rocks, and I see art in even the filthiest of back alleys. This movie is a gem, and it is art. Movie art at its finest.
Through beautiful visuals to an amazing story, you get introduced to the same persons from the past, the present and the future, as their actions decide the fate of their “next versions”. Everything is connected, and everything makes a difference. From a pacific voyager´s notes from mid-nineteenth century, to a musician´s letters in 1931, a journalist´s story in 1975, a publisher´s war with gangsters in present times, a clone´s interview from a future Korea, to a post-apocalyptic Hawaii.
This is an incredibly ambitious project, based on a novel of the same title, and I am amazed they pulled it off. But this is a movie that has to be watched several times to understand fully what is going on. I can´t really describe this movie with words, except that it is three hours of mesmerizing storytelling and an experience you will remember for a long time.
Both Tom Hanks and Halle Berry, as well as all the other actors, do an amazing job in portraying different characters (that are actually the same.. complicated..) in different areas in time. Halle Berry´s performance might be the flattest one, though, as she is pretty much similar in all roles. Jim Broadbent was the most colorful one, adding a lot of humor to the movie in a witty way.
A fresh movie from a washed out industry!
I give it 5/5.
By Daniel Thu