Man, does this Cloud Atlas movie look good on paper.
Anyone who really knows me already knows how much I loved the Wachowski’s V For Vendetta.
Released right at about the mid-point of the Bush years, I thought that V For Vendetta’s vision of a populist uprising against a futuristic, fascist state born out of a series of “false-flag” conspiracies was brilliant. It’s story about a rising party politician who was able to lull society into a willingness to accept obedience in the name of safety and security was a uniquely, eerily accurate reflection of the sweeping powers given our own leaders during those same paranoid, “Patriot Act” enacting times.
V for Vendetta, in my own opinion, was as prophetic then, as it has since proven to be largely accurate, even if somewhat slightly exaggerated for dramatic effect (it was after all, just a movie). For those seeking further evidence, look no further than all of those Guy Fawkes masks seen at those Occupy rallies last fall.
Now, I will grant you that the Occupy revolutionaries were largely a group of paper-tiger hippies, who mostly packed up their tents and bongos and went back home, just as soon as the winter came, and the party was over.
In that respect, the Tea Party crazies took their cues from the Occupy movement — adopting much of that group’s street level populism, but also having the necessary where-with-all to see it through to an effective conclusion once the dropping thermometer signaled nature had given last call.
When it comes to a battle of political wills, the 2010 congressional elections stand as the final proof of just who was able to most effectively “Fight the Power,” once all was said and mostly done. As the saying goes, money talks and bullshit walks.
But on paper at least, and before the reality of wannabe Gen-X hippies reviving their parents dreams of a sixties Woodstock revival took hold, the guys who thought this whole Occupy thing up mostly did have the right idea.
But back to the original movie.
V For Vendetta, and to a lesser extent the Wachowski’s earlier Matrix trilogy (well, at least the first one), mostly hit the nail on the head. I still don’t think the revolution is over either. It may just be televised yet — and the results of the fall election (particularly if it goes the way I still suspect it will — recent positive developments notwithstanding) will likely tell the tale.
But once again, I think the Wachowski’s may have hit upon the real nerve of the time with their upcoming opus Cloud Atlas. Not to be confused with Ayn Rand’s vision of corporate utopia in Atlas Shrugged, this cloud plays more like something that Atlas reversed — at least if the trailers give any accurate indication.
I’ll admit I may be reading a lot into this based on a trailer. But damn, does this ever look good.
Cloud Atlas is either going to be a defining masterpiece of its time or an epic trainwreck. Personally, I’m counting on the former. The Wachowski’s have already made the definitive revolution movie for these times in V For Vendetta. Here, the answer appears to come from an inward, time-travelers journey in search of inner “redemption.”
I’ll admit all of this sounds just a bit “new-agey,” and as Public Enemy might say, the minute you see me signing up for some type of channeled Ramtha type bullshit, you can smack me right here. But if they do this “redemption” idea with Cloud Atlas, even half as good as they did the idea of revolution with V For Vendetta — and man, do these initial trailers look promising — this is going to be one amazing, thought provoking film.
I’m rooting for it.