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Writers critique books, movie counterparts Amelie (but she was the prodigal daughter). A tale of passion, corruption and intolerance, “Cloud Atlas” explores the idea of the endless soul and the hope that as a race, we will triumph. Published in 2004, the sametitled novel by David Mitchell takes place across four different

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John Carter Rated: Pg-13 (violence and provocation) Prefer: Book (3.5 stars)

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With the movie being about two and a half hours long, the directors and producers needed to take out numerous details to

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wo men with their horses set off into the West looking for undisclosed gold. Reaching a cave that looks promising, they begin digging, searching for fortune. Hours, days, hot nights go by and the supplies slowly dwindle, leaving the men with little to use. Both know one has to protect the cave while the other travels back into town for supplies. Not once in the movie of “John Carter” is there mention of this partner. Instead the movie gives you an officer asking Carter to enter into the “military,” but Carter refuses before riding away and finding the cave that the book describes as where he and his partner look for gold.

To really understand the story of John Carter, the series has to be read. In total, there are eleven books, each describing John and his adventures on Mars. The movie mixed different parts from all 11 books so that the audience could see how Carter returned to the place where he belonged.

“We have been worlds apart and yet I know you John Carter. [You are] a man willing to lay down his life for others. A man willing to fight for a cause.”

-Princess, taken from John Carter: A Princess of Mars

improve the flow of the movie. The love story was cut short due to this decision. In the book, the princess and Carter do not see each other often. But for a screenplay, the writers made the love story seem shorter and not as everlasting as the book did. In the movie, there are a minimal number of battle scenes whereas in the book we read how Carter struggles through many obstacles before being sent back to Mars.

“Our lives are not our own. We are bound to others. Past and present. And by each crime; and every kindness we birth our future.” -Somni 451, taken from Cloud Atlas

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magine a steep, treacherous mountain amidst a forsaken white plain of snow. Wind gusts and flurries encircle the mountain, and the icy base makes it impossible to feel your hands. Your hope of survival is slowly diminishing, until you catch sight of it--the most beautiful flag on top of that very peak. Beloved audience, “Cloud Atlas” is that flag. From beginning to end, “Cloud Atlas” is the prodigal son of all movies that have had the misfortune of being born in the past ten years, except

energy plant corruption? Shall the devout Catholic, poisoned for money by his doctor, earn more pity than the trapped editor in an old folks home? There is no one plot, rather a series of sub-plots all dealing with reincarnation and corruption of faith. Truly, the viewer is not seeing a multitude of people but one distinct soul, traveling amongst time and bodies to illustrate the perseverance of humanity. I would recommend the movie because of the countless roles each actor plays. An actor may play six or seven different characters, blind to gender or race. in this way, it is easy to believe in reincarnation, because every human wants to be loved for the color of their soul.

Cloud Atlas

Rated: R (Sex, nudity, language and violence) continents, the Pacific Ocean Prefer: Movie (4 stars) and half-a-dozen different time zones. The book recounts six narratives, ranging from a 19th century sea journey to a 23rd century account of a Korean clone and farther. Though three hours seems long, it is not long enough to explore this masterpiece world Mitchell has created. I cannot say what character is most deserving of our sympathy or our time. Is it the homeless musician who is only known through letters to his lover? Is it the journalist who risks her life to uncover an

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