Cloud Atlas takes place in six completely different time durations, with the primary phase opening within the Pacific Islands in 1849. Sturgess stars as American lawyer Adam Ewing, who witnesses the brutalities of the slave commerce whereas on a seafaring journey. He is joined on his voyage by an African man (David Gyasi) who saves his life from the machinations of a nefarious physician (Hanks). Upon returning dwelling to San Francisco, Ewing and his spouse turn out to be abolitionists.
The second phase takes place in 1936, and stars Whishaw as Robert Frobisher, a bisexual composer who’s threatened with outing by his employer (Broadbent), who needs credit score for Frobisher’s masterpiece, the “Cloud Atlas Sextet.” Impressed by Ewing’s journal (which he had present in his employer’s dwelling), Frobisher refuses to be blackmailed — and takes a stunning plan of action.
The third phase takes place in 1973, and finds Frobisher’s previous flame, Rufus Sixsmith (D’Arcy), who’s a nuclear physicist, making an attempt to show a conspiracy to trigger an accident at his plant by a robust man named Hooks (Grant) with the assistance of a journalist named Luisa (Berry). This ties in with the fourth phase, which takes place in 2012 and stars Broadbent as e book writer Timothy Cavendish, who’s impressed by Luisa’s story to write down a screenplay after he manages to elude a homicide plot set in movement by a gangster (Hanks) intent on siphoning off his income.
The fifth phase leaps all the best way to 2144, and stars Bae as Somni, a “fabricant” (a lifelike android used for slave labor) who’s impressed to insurrection after studying the story of Cavendish’s involuntary institutionalization. She’s launched to a complete insurgent motion, however is finally recaptured and executed after she recounts her story to an archivist. Lastly, the sixth phase takes place in 2321 and stars Hanks as Zachry, a resident of a post-apocalyptic village in a society the place Somni (due to her archived recounting of her expertise) is worshiped.