DW Mault and Amy Roberts review Lee Daniels’ violent thriller The Paperboy, and sci-fi mystery drama Cloud Atlas.
In The Paperboy, reporter Ward (Matthew McConaughey) is on a mission to expose a miscarriage of justice; the conviction of Hillary Van Wetter (John Cusack) who faces the electric chair for a crime he didn't commit. Ward, colleague Yardley (David Oyelowo), and Ward's younger brother Jack (Zac Efron) are helped by the unstable Charlotte Bless (Nicole Kidman), who is Wetter’s fiancée.
Cloud Atlas adapted from David Mitchell’s novel, and directed by Tom Tykwer (Run Lola Run), Andy Wachowski and Lana Wachowski (The Matrix). The story spans the past, present and future: an 1849 diary of an ocean voyage across the Pacific; letters from a composer to his friend; a thriller about a murder at a nuclear power plant; a farce about a publisher in a nursing home; a rebellious clone in futuristic Korea; and the tale of a tribe living in post-apocalyptic Hawaii.