This is a good movie. Some reviews suggest that it's messy and unfocused, and that it hits you over the head with a message that's maybe a little too trite. I think the reviews got it wrong on both counts. Cloud Atlas isn't any harder to follow than the last Woody Allen movie. As for the message, that we're all connected in one way or another: That's only the surface theme. There's an underlying theme of deception and abuse of those with less power by those with more.