How to Comprehend the 2h 52m ‘Cloud Atlas’ Movie Message in a 3 min Reading Post

Cloud Atlas is a 2012 independent sci-fi film directed by Lana and Andy Wachowski and Tom Tykwer. Adapted from the 2004 novel of the same name by David Mitchell,

“Cloud Atlas” is the name of a movie from the Wachowisks which literally means a collection of maps or charts about clouds. 12 years after ‘Matrix’, they deliver once again a story aligned with our technological development: the data cloud.

The current “data cloud” is a four-dimensional information environment, a quantum system where everything is stored without linearity of time: a past information can be accessed and a future one be altered by a simple interaction with the cloud in the present (delete a file in your Dropbox and all the information structure of the cloud is changed instantly).

But this is just a small simulacrum of the greater cloud that the film speaks about: “the karmic cloud” that we are all part of. And is in the middle of this cloud of karmic relationships (cause and effect), with no beginning nor end, without past or future, that the theater of our lives comes alive in each one of the infinite presents, and where by every act of interference (conscious or unconscious) we have the full power (free will) to affect, change and transform the entire system in real time (in the now).

By stepping into an unknown journey which is life without the help of a set of maps — an ‘atlas(knowledge) — to guide us to the ‘actual experience(enlightenment, realization or awakening) that we all inhabit the same existential system where ‘we are all one at one time(one consciousness), we end up relating ourselves with the cloud in a wrongly manner, seeking in its content the very meaning of our existence.

In the story, which interweaves six different tales, this knowledge comes in the form of the ‘Cloud Atlas Sextet’, a sextet for overlapping soloists: piano, clarinet, ‘cello, flute, oboe, and violin, each in its own language of key, scale, and color.

This ignorance of the unity off all things then creates the illusion of separation (me and you, yours and mine) and gives rise to all sorts of fears and desires and the consequent need to control them through manipulation, guilt, coercion and abuse — towards our own selves and others — which inevitably results in the generation of suffering — individual and collective (they never actually happen separately).

And thus we ‘reborn’.

Unaware that our true nature is always and essentially complete, free, immortal and infinite.

— ‘Lost in the midst of clouds without actually knowing that we are the sky that holds up everything.’

“Our lives are not our own. From womb to tomb, we are bound to others. Past and present. And by each crime, and every kindness, we birth our future. “ — Sonmi-451.

— Sonmi-451, the fragile recyclable clone born as an ‘empty vessel with no free will’ created to serve ‘humans’ processed fake food, is the one who awakens from the ‘sleep’ of ignorance and transcends the experience of limited existence. Liberated, now she can consciously choose to accept the role of continuing serving humanity, but this time as a powerful ‘free vehicle’ for the ‘true truth’: the oneness of everything and everyone.

note: The story is also told using 6 different narrative genres: historical, romance, mystery/action, comedy of errors, sci-fi and post-apocalyptical.