The Unfilmable ‘Cloud Atlas’ Drinking Game

Cloud Atlas

David Mitchell’s book Cloud Atlas was long considered one of those infamous “unfilmable” books. However, that didn’t stop the Wachowskis and Tom Tykwer from giving it a go when they made the epic sci-fi/historical/mystery drama. Tying together six different stories in six different genres, the film was seen as a triumph by some and a mess by others.

Running close to three hours, and starring a cast of actors in multiple (and sometimes marginally offensive) roles, Cloud Atlas can be a bit of a challenge to get through, but that doesn’t mean it shouldn’t be given a chance. You might need some liquid courage to make it to the end, that is the true-true, and that is fine. Just don’t be surprised if you start seeing double (or triple or quadruple). That’s just interesting casting and lots of prosthetics.

And now, to cover our butts… This game is only for people over the age of 21. Please drink responsibly, and don’t forget to have a few sips for your past lives.

Suggested drink: Atlas Peak Cabernet


  • Someone dies
  • Someone smokes
  • Someone narrates
  • The narrative shifts to a different storyline


  • A comet birthmark
  • An actor in a new role
  • A manuscript, journal, or letters
  • Old Georgie lurking in the background


  • “ruddy”
  • “Sixsmith”
  • “true-true”
  • “Frobisher”


  • The title is worked into the film for the first time

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Kevin Carr crawled from the primordial ooze in the early 1970s. He grew up watching movies to the point of irritation for his friends and was a font of useless movie knowledge until he decided to put that knowledge to good use. Now, Kevin is a nationally syndicated critic, heard on dozens of radio stations around the country, and his reviews appear in a variety of online outlets. Kevin is also a proud member of the Broadcast Film Critics Association (BFCA), the Online Film Critics Society (OFCS), and the Central Ohio Film Critics Association (COFCA).

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