Saturday, 23 March 2013

Cloud Atlas - Everything is Connected

"An exploration of how the actions of individual lives impact one another in the past, present and future, as one soul is shaped from a killer into a hero, and an act of kindness ripples across centuries to inspire a revolution."


Cloud Atlas is a 2012 German drama and science fiction film written, produced and directed by Lana and Andy Wachowski and Tom Tykwer also nominated for the 'Saturn Awards' 2013... Well what isn't?

The Wachowski's of course gave us the Matirx Triology and its highly significant symbolic themes, not least when it comes to 'human enslavement' which is what Cloud Atlas also alludes to.
Where does one start? Well the the film consists of six interrelated and interwoven stories spanning different time periods. The film is structured, according to the British novelist David Mitchell and weaves together many 'parallel narratives - lives' that, as the author states in his book, 

“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. ” 

The struggle for freedom over tyranny is encapsulated in its storyline, along with themes that can be found time after time in all myths and religions and more blatantly in today's art and film.
 In all cases a force seeks to enlighten and liberate humanity, the other seeks to dominate and control and this struggle exists on many levels, even in today’s world. However, when one views opposites from a higher perspective, what we often realize is that both sides are 'projections' of the same source or knowledge. Even the word  ‘evil’ reversed gives us  ‘live’ and our  ‘life force’ can be used to do great works both good and bad. What we call past, present and future are all existing at the same time through our life-force. We are 'actors' playing roles in the great cinema of life, and Cloud Atlas illustrates this very well, in my view. 

How we perceive the past and the future, as always, depends on what knowledge or information that is available to us in the 'present'. With human perception there is always 'more than one movie showing' at any one time. 


Six movies in ‘One’ - Many lives in one
The movie 'moves' through 6 main plots, from the South Pacific, Cambridge, Edinburgh (UK) to San Francisco, a futuristic Korea and of course a place called Big Island where an isolated society are dwelling after what is called the 'Fall' (I’ll come to that later).
 You can read the plot in more detail here
We have a melange of lives (scenes in the movie) played brilliantly by a handful of actors an actresses that symbolically show us how we also live many 'roles' (what some call past lives) interlocking with the same people (souls) no matter what time, or what place we 'see' our selves, within the grand illusion. 

We have themes of enslavement, escape and of course 'life an death'. Especially the 'Cavendish tale' based on the publisher Tmothy Cavendish (no relation to the Duke and Duchess of Cavendish) played by Jim Broadbent (below), and how he wrestles with past choices and decisions relating to 'love'. 

Cavendish's plight is no different to another character in the movie called Issac Sachs (played by Tom Hanks) a man who meets the journalist Luisa Rey (Halle Berry), while 'exposing the agenda' to let loose the horror of a nuclear power company fronted by Lloyd Hooks (Hugh Grant) and the legacy that will eventually leave humanity 'dead'- what is called the 'Fall' in the film. 


On love and destiny the character Issiac Sachs says:

"Belief, like fear or love, is a force to be understood as we understand the theory of relativity, and principles of uncertainty. Phenomena that determine the course of our lives. Yesterday, my life was headed in one direction. Today, it is headed in another. Yesterday, I believe I would never have done what I did today. These forces that often remake time and space, they can shape and alter who we imagine ourself to be, begin long before we are born, and continue after we perish. Our lives and our choices, like quantum trajectories, are understood moment to moment, at each point of intersection, each encounter, suggest a new potential direction.”
 
I have personally felt this many times in my life where different points have intersected, when we encounter someone (or a place), which can bring us back to a memory of a life that was as 'real' as the one we are experiencing now. 

At the same time we see other various parallel scenes (realities): 

In the year 2321 Zachry (Tom Hanks) guides Meronym through what was once an advanced city;
In 1849 as Adam lies ill, Dr Henry Goose (below) cuts off one of Adam's waistcoat buttons and smiles to himself as he is slowly poising him for his wealth...


In 1973 Luisa finds Sixsmith's report in the hood of her car; in 2012 Cavendish sits in his room he sees a note slide under the door; in 1936 Frobisher is scribbling away writing his music (below); in 2144 the Enforcers escort Sonmi-451 out of her cell and 'All worlds collide and all actors are the same souls playing different roles in what we 'perceive to be lives'.

Death (suicide too) of course is a common theme in the main plot of the movie, brought home by the character Robert Frobisher, a bisexual English musician, who works as an amanuensis to composer Vyvyan Ayrs, allowing Frobisher (above) the time and inspiration to compose his own masterpiece, "The Cloud Atlas Sextet. The same Cloud Atlas is the map by which we move through life. Robert Frobisher writes to his true love, Saxsmith in the late 1930's while composing the Sextet, 

“What wouldn't I give now for a never-changing map of the ever-constant ineffable? To possess, as it were, an atlas of clouds.”

It is an older Saxmith who eventually meets the journalist Luisa Rey in 1973 (coincidentally) and places her on her journey to expose the nuclear power plant agenda alluded to above. There is no such thing as a coincidence, if you understand how life flows and how we are interacting with our  'mapping the true nature of life' and following our hearts. The movie is akin to the the British/American film Sliding Doors which also looks at choices and parallel realities that create our lives.


Again later we have amazing imagery of Frobisher breaking ornaments in the 1930's (above left) and saying "All boundaries are conventions, waiting to be transcended."

while in the year 2144 the now freed slave Sonmi and Chang are making love as the scene goes back to Robert Frobisher, saying

" One may transcend any convention, if only one can first conceive of doing so."

While far into the so called future, (2321) Zachry (Tom Hanks) sits on top of a mountain as the sun sets with Meronym asleep by the fire, he takes his cloak off and puts it on her as she sleeps...

And again Frobisher says;  
"Moments like this, I can feel your heart beating as clearly as I feel my own, and I know that separation is an illusion."

Of course the separation is the 'Fall of humanity" as recorded in many ancient texts and art forms and powerful actions through 'acts of love' are what brings us to the realization that we are not separate from each other. All we have to do is be in the love vibration!

The Fall
The movie moves in and out of these mini plots that cleverly attempting to show moments of 'de ja vu, synchronistic timings and feels that we all share when we meet someone and we just "know" that we have met them before? This has happened to me several times and its powerful when it happens. Why? because it is what constitutes the magic of life. And shows us that we are more than just a human in one life, one genetic space suit, in one space time continuum. We are more than this. 

The magic of 'perfect timings' and how we follow our intuition to sometimes suddenly changing our 'life path' and becoming part of 'another way', 'another life' is shown in the movie. Aren't our lives like being in a movie? This concept is shown quite graphically when the character Zachry (Tom Hanks) witness (watches in fear) the canablistic killing of Adam and his son as they make their offerings on Big Island (what is meant to be Hawaii), by the Kona (a tribe of cannibals below). 

Interesting visual links to Mel Gibson’s movie Apocalypto (above right), which alludes to an ancient blood drinking tribes that were also remnants of a much earlier ‘fallen’ global civilisation.

Zachry (Tom Hanks) is thrust back to the very same spot in another time (life) and both realities 'merge' for him, when he confronts his own 'devilish voice, the place his personal 'demon' called 'Old Georgie' (below) in the film, first appears.

 
 

The fall of Zachry is in many ways the ‘fall of man’ symbolically, and what happens to one 'effects us all'. Ain' t that so?

Interestingly, The name Zechariah (Zachry) is derived from the Hebrew meaning "God has remembered", which is what the Hanks character 'does' just that in the film. Muslim theology maintains that Zechariah, along with John the Baptist and Jesus, ushered in a 'new era of prophets' all of whom came from the priestly descent of Amram, the father of the prophet Aaron. The fact that, of all the priests, Zechariah who was given the duty of 'keeping care' of Mary, shows his status as a pious man. Zachry in the movie isn't pious but he certainly a 'religious' man of his kind.

The Devil on Zachry’s shoulder
Zachry's overshadowing presence, an entity called Old Georgie played by Hugo Weaver (Agent Smith in the Matrix), is the nagging 'voice in his head'. The fact that Hugo Weavers character reminded me of Papa Lazarou from the hit comedy The League of Gentlemen, made me chuckle. “You’re my ‘life’ now”…

Old Georgie (the devil) moves unseen and appears and reappears to torment the "mind" of Zachry, just as the Archons in ancient Gnostic literature, do as 'mind parasites'. A mind possession is taking place and this is symbolic of what could be the ‘devil in your ear’ in religious texts. The author Colin Wilson wrote a book called The Mind Parasites in 1967 which told of the story about a about Professor Gilbert Austin's conflict with what were called the Tsathogguans, 'invisible mind parasites' that 'menace the most brilliant people on earth'. Wilson's book was based on the earlier work of the poet Clark Ashton Smith, and of course his Tsathoggua (the Sleeper of N'kai) (see below), a fictional supernatural entity in the Cthulhu Mythos, which also became popularised by The American horror writer H. P. Lovecraft. It was Lovecraft that constantly referred to the "Great Old Ones": a loose pantheon of 'ancient, powerful deities' from space who once ruled the Earth and who have since fallen into a deathlike sleep. I personally don't think so mate, they are alive and still at it! 

Human Fabrication
Other symbolism within Cloud Atlas comes through the parallel life of a genetically-engineered fabricant (a human clone) called Sonmi-451 (below left), whose life cross paths with a Commander (Hae-Joo Chang (right), a member of a rebel movement known as "Union". 

The year is meant to be 2144 and of course anyone who knows anything about the 'global agenda' today in 2013, won't need to 'stretch their imagination' too far to see that the scenes in what are meant to be Neo Seoul, (Korea), and the plight of humans called fabricants that are literally slaves to a 'nature-less' 'shopping class', are too close to what the forces that control our world want for the future generations, not so far in the future!


As David Mitchell writes
“Unlimited power in the hands of limited people always leads to cruelty."



Sonmi-451, after escaping the hive ’worker bee’ and hive-like existence of Shopping Central (above left) with the help of the Commander. She goes into hiding and watches a film based on Timothy Cavendish's adventure and escape from an old folks home in the year 2012 (obviously an old 'banned' movie by 2144).
 
The Union eventually rebels and reveal to her (Sonmi-45) that fabricants 'like her’ are freed from their work servitude and 'made to believe' that they will be exalted only to be killed like animals in abattoirs and "recycled" into food for future fabricants to consume. We see horrid scenes of human clones being led to their slaughter (garbed in Lady Gaga gear - or is it Kylie) while thinking they are being 'freed' to join the higher levels of society, in what look like some kind of religious exhalation. What a shocker!


Fabricants are butchered by machines on ships (above) an turned into liquid food (soap) for "their own consumption", so that the clones can continue to be born and bred in a slave reality - without question... Its the League of Gentlemen again and the 'special stuff'...



How many times has this 'theme' of human ‘food banks’ (trafficking) occurred in one form or another in other movies? From the Matrix, Blade, to V and of course every vampire film, etc, until we get the message? If its in the movies, then it will be 'going on' somewhere in our world in some fashion. Horse meat anyone? Also, with missing people figures in the USA alone being around 2,000 a day, never mind elsewhere, then you have to question what on Earth is happening here?

The "Machine world' from the Matrix movies (above left) and more accurately the Archontic worlds, that are vibrational prisons created to harvest humanity's true power - our imagination, are more real than we dare to think. This is one of the main themes within the Cloud Atlas - oh what a surprise?


 As many writers have shown, we have this possible nightmare within the writings of the above Georgia Guide Stones that explain how the population will be reduced. More obvious is to see all forms of corporate butchery, the banking empire, Big Pharma, the military and of course Agenda 21, (along with the Eugenics policies) of the "ethnic rich" and the priestly class as exposed in David Ickes's books and elsewhere.

 In the movies and in so called reality, what’s the difference really?  

 


The Revelation
 The conversation between Sonmi-451 and Joo Changand explains how she has been brought out of slavery to be part of the plot to awaken the masses, but first her eyes had to be opened so to 'see' the 'true true' as Zachry says in his language on Big Island. 


Their dialogue goes:
Hae-Joo Chang: The genomics industry demands a huge quantity of biomatter for wombtanks, but more importantly to sustain their engineered labor force. Recycled fabricants are a cheap source of protein.
[Sonmi watches in horror with tears rolling down her face]
Sonmi-451: Soap. They feed us to ourselves.
[later in their room, Chang is curled around Sonmi's body as they lie on their bed]
Sonmi-451: That ship...that ship must be destroyed.
Hae-Joo Chang: Yes.
Sonmi-451: The systems that built them must be turned down.
Hae-Joo Chang: Yes.
Sonmi-451: No matter if we're born in a tank or a womb, we are all Pureblood.
Hae-Joo Chang: Yes.
Sonmi-451: We must all fight, and if necessary, die to teach people the truth.
[she turns to look at Chang]
Hae-Joo Chang: This is what we have been waiting for.

What are we waiting for?

She decides that the system of society based on slavery and exploitation of fabricants is intolerable, and is brought to what is suppose to be Hawaii to make a public broadcast of her story and manifesto. The twist (now I've spoilt it for you, if you haven't seen the movie), which is that she becomes a 'deity' for the future villagers of Big Isalnd and elsewhere, who eventually worship for Centuries her ‘revolutionary call’ and  her ‘wisdom’

Religious blueprints anyone? I can just see it. The whole of our civilisation is destroyed and a few thousand years later a small colony from Scotland called the 'Hogworti' are found worshipping Harry Potter as a 'destroyer of darkness'. Because someone found it in a book or saw the movie in a distant era...

Of course it is Meronym (Halle Berry), a member of the "Prescients", (a society holding on to remnants of technology from before the Fall) that reveals this when she enters the Cloud Atlas, (a communications station on Big Island), where Sonmi-451 originally broadcast her revolutionary message to the Earth's colonies back in 2144. 


As the movie moves back and forth between different times (lives) and realities, eventually Hae-Joo is killed in a firefight in Neo Seoul and Sonmi-451 is captured and much of the film shows her telling her story and its intent to the Archivist (James Darcy). She is then ceremonially executed for her crime. It always has to end with a religious sacrificial offering when the Wachowski's make their mark in film.

Here and Now
I have always felt that humanity is crystal like (our DNA is crystalline) at our core and like a crystal, when held up into the ‘light, we 'project and reflect' many different 'possible paths'. We are many different faces of the same source. We are multidimensional and we all have the power to change our reality an therefore our world. Movies like Cloud Atlas offer a glimmer of this truth when we follow our journey.

 Our problems today may not be straight out of a science fiction plot and ‘so in our face’ as it was for the 'Fabricant clones' being slaughtered in the movie to feed a machine (a monster) in Neo Seoul; but nonetheless we 'still have' slavery, money servitude and compliance by the many to the few at the top of the food chain.
If left unchallenged, machines harvesting humans as portrayed in this and many other movies could easily became a 'reality' for the many generations to come.

We also have the power of our imagination  and this movie like many other art forms give us but an inclination of what we are truly capable of, 'now', 'in the moment', the place where our past and future 'roles' intersect. As Mitchell writes in the book,

“Power, time, gravity, love. The forces that really kick ass are all invisible.”

As John O’Donohue wrote:  “The Imagination sees through a thing to the cluster of possibilities which shroud it.”  

Until next time.

Cheers
Neil






6 comments:

  1. Wow!
    This post blew me away,because only this morning I started reading David Icke's book
    "Human Race Get Off Your Knees" and I was admiring your drawings of the "eggshell" prisons thinking what a profound truth that is and how strange I should be reading it Easter week.
    As I was admiring your illustrations I remembered reading your first book and thought "I wonder what Neil is doing these days?",as I haven't heard too much in the circles I move in.
    But I made no effort to find out,it was just a thought.Then tonight I go to see if there are any new postings on the
    "Synchromystic Pop Culture" blog-site and see this review of "Cloud Atlas".
    I think to myself this blog isn't bad and I don't remember seeing this blog before.I look on the side bar to see who the author is and nearly keel over when I see it is Neil Hague.
    Small Universe.

    Funny that you mention the Saturn award too,because the movie the Wachowski's are filming now is called "Jupiter Ascending".

    "In a universe where humans are near the bottom of the evolutionary ladder, a young destitute human woman is targeted for assassination by the Queen of the Universe because her very existence threatens to end the Queen's reign."

    Anyway mind-blowing post for me.
    Cheers,and now back to David's book.

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  2. Dear Heart: an amazing post about an amazing movie (my son recommended the movie and am so happy I followed his nudging. He knew I would begin to "get it".). Thank you...All Love, Padme A'Tea

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  3. Good review Neil. Not the perfect flick some people have made it out to be, but still a pretty entertaining and interesting piece of work.

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  4. Hi Neil
    love your colaboration with David Icke, and have only just come across your filme reviews.
    In the 70's in London I(Mike) was an avid film goer and almost managed to get into making 'em to "try to make the world a better place"... But then life took a U turn.
    I was "reunited" with my "Better Half" (Izzy) and after sometime we returned to her native Portugal.
    Through the 80's and 90's upto the present, I felt that the deep messages in MOST "mainstream blockbusters" has been drowned out by the ever more spectacular CGI effects... so I was pleasently surprised to see Cloud Atlas that just hit a chord with us... Our secret phrase to each other has always been "your the best thing that ever happened to me"
    Light and Love
    Mike&Izzy

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  5. The soylent green is made of people!!

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