Neill Blomkamp is the film director credited with making "District 9", a 2009 science fiction action film, "Elysium", a 2013 American dystopian science fiction action film, and "Chappie" (stylized as CHAPPiE), a 2015 American dystopian science fiction action film. Blomkamp did not direct "Cloud Atlas", a 2012 science fiction film. This is a film that was written and directed by the Wachowskis (Lana and Lilly) and Tom Tykwer, based on the 2004 novel "Cloud Atlas" by David Mitchell.

"Cloud Atlas" was produced by Grant Hill and Stefan Arndt, in addition to the Wachowskis and Tykwer. The film stars Tom Hanks, Halle Berry, Hugo Weaving, and Jim Broadbent. Those in feature roles include Jim Sturgess, Doona Bae, Zhou Xun, Ben Whishaw, James D'Arcy, Keith David, David Gyasi, Susan Sarandon, and Hugh Grant. In the film, it provides a staggering exploration of different manifestations of power and greed over centuries of human history: colonialism, missionary activity, imperialism, and modernity.

"Cloud Atlas" is an overall 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. An act of kindness ripples across centuries to inspire a revolution.

Film critics and audiences were polarized in their response to this movie. Reactions and the film's gross profit were ultimately viewed as "dreadful" in reports provided by many movie magazines and alternative newsweekly tabloids.

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