London : Throat slashing scene not censored in Cloud Atlas
I went with a friend to watch Cloud Atlas at one of the Odeons in London, starting Hugh Grant and Tom Hanks on 25th May, 2013.
Cloud Atlas is a novel by British author David Mitchell, and consists of several stories taking the reader from the South Pacific to a post-apocalyptic future. It won the British Book Awards and the Richard & Judy Book of the Year.
It wasn't one of my choices at all. it was my friend's birthday; he likes arty action movies. It had a couple of my favourite comedy actors in it so thought it would be good. I never watch violent movies if I can help it.
Unfortunately the film had so much sadistic violence for a 15 rating in the UK. However, in the US, it was rated 'R' a higher adult category.
The film went on for nearly three hours, mixing comedy with extreme violence. When it came to the attempted garotting scene, which was disgusting it was time to walk out, birthday or not.
The film really affected me. I was nearly sick and I felt disgusted and angry. I felt angry that I had to sit through this. When I entered the cinema, I was upbeat but I was completely disturbed after the film. But there was so much violence, it affected me for several hours afterwards. I had horrible, disturbing images in my head.
Due to the progression of violence in the movies people have become less sensitive and therefore led to a “harder” type of violence throughout the years. This harder violence includes more death and scenes featuring scenes that were more gruesome than those scenes in movies from earlier times.
In 2012, Time magazine selected it as the Worst Movie of 2012. I didn't see this review until today. On Twitter it was reported that several other viewer walked out.
Right now, I am writing this in the morning, with a migraine, so forgive any typos.