2012 Most Under-Appreciated Film Winner

Cloud Atlas


I thought about giving this to Prometheus, but at least people gave that movie a chance.  There’s a line in the movie Easy Rider where Jack Nicholdon’s character says that people love to “talk to you about individual freedom. But [when] they see a free individual, it’s gonna scare ’em.”  That seems to be true of the film world as well, because people love to talk about making more ambitious and creative blockbusters but when someone actually makes one they’re usually greeted with hostility.  The abject failure of Cloud Atlas is going to hurt the next guy who wants to do something original with a larger budget, while the free pass given to The Avengers will only encourage studios to play it safe in the future.

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