Wildly ambitious, this epic multi-stranded adaptation of David Mitchell’s equally sprawling 2004 bestseller marks a distinct return to form for the Wachowski writer/director siblings, who haven’t made anything this impressive since their first Matrix outing. Teaming up with Run Lola Run’s Tom Tykwer, the resulting effort is a grand sci-fi fable which interlinks six different stories taking place across half a Century, with interweaving plots, common themes and characters made familiar through the utilisation of the same core set of a dozen actors across each of the tales. Daring and somewhat unprecedented in its approach to such an ambitious subject-matter, the film is certainly not without its flaws, but hopefully you’ll be able to get past them and see the merits behind this unusual sci-fi feature. Recommended.
On Region Free UK Blu-ray, we get the same stunning video and audio that adorned the earlier US release, as well as a decent if marginally underwhelming set of extras. Fans should still consider this a must-have purchase, and I would also recommend it as a blind-buy; it’s the kind of movie which everybody should see, and which may well grow on many. The only question is as to whether we might ever get a more impressive set of extras on some kind of deluxe edition... watch this space.
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