Tag Archives: Tom Tykwer

A Hologram for the King

Washed-up salesman Alan Clay (Tom Hanks) goes to Saudi Arabia to secure a major IT contract with the King, but runs into both practical and personal obstacles. Dave Eggers’s novel is a comment on life and realities after the Great Recession, but this film adaptation pays little interest in those themes, settling for well-staged but … Continue reading A Hologram for the King

Cloud Atlas

EVERYTHING IS CONNECTED. The Wachowski siblings hooked up with Tom Tykwer for this unwieldy adaptation of David Mitchell’s ambitious novel that connects several plot lines over six eras, from the 19th century to the distant, post-apocalyptic future. There is coherence in terms of details and overarching themes and it’s a treat to watch a cast … Continue reading Cloud Atlas

The International

IS YOUR MONEY MAKING A KILLING? When a colleague is murdered, Interpol agent Louis Salinger (Clive Owen) and a Manhattan Assistant District Attorney (Naomi Watts) intensify their investigation of a major bank that funds arms deals and terrorism all over the world. A pretty formulaic thriller from Tom Tykwer that divides its time between Germany, New … Continue reading The International

Perfume: The Story of a Murderer

HE LIVED TO FIND BEAUTY. HE KILLED TO POSSESS IT.  In 18th century Paris, a child is born into poverty but with an exceptional sense of smell; his life becomes a very bloody quest for the most unique, enchanting scents. Tom Tykwer’s adaptation of the highly-praised Patrick Süskind novel is a strange beast. Grand locations … Continue reading Perfume: The Story of a Murderer