SOME things never change.

Greed, prejudice, divisions through faith - these are just some of the vulgar but universal themes which have defined humanity and continue to do so.

Cloud Atlas, based on the acclaimed novel by David Mitchell, proves how little human nature has adapted in a hugely ambitious piece of filmmaking by the creators of The Matrix.

With six interconnected stories spanning five centuries from the past and present to the future, the film will certainly convince you of that.

But in each tale, the human spirit is ever-present, indefatigable and strikes victory at various points - only for the same mistakes to be made centuries later. It will leave you breathless.

An act of kindness to a slave on a 19th century voyage across the Pacific sends ripples across time.

A British couple face tragedy due to their sexuality while one has ties with an American journalist who risks her safety to uncover a conspiracy surrounding a nuclear power plant in the 20th century.

In the modern day, a publisher attempts to escape after being falsely locked up in a nursing home.

Fast forward to a 22nd century Blade Runner-style future and slavery has returned in the form of a clones born into captivity as the fast food workers of tomorrow’s Korea.

Then in a vision of the far future, society comes full circle in post-apocalyptic Hawaii when disaster brings back the tribal and savage nature of humanity.

Directors Andy Wachowski and Lana Wachowski came across Cloud Atlas when they saw Natalie Portman reading it during the filming of V For Vendetta.

Some have argued that the novel was unfilmable but the Wachowskis, along with Tom Twyker, have worked their magic.

The benefit of bringing the language of cinema to Cloud Atlas is that the story not only spans centuries but genres which has allowed the filmmakers to get creative.

From slapstick farce to film noir, all the elements enhance the formula which does not topple despite its lengthy three hour run time.

Also expect to see some actors unrecognisable in a variety of roles over the different eras.

Imagine Hugh Grant as a cannibal savage and you will have the right idea. Jim Broadbent, Hugo Weaving and Tom Hanks too are excellent in a variety of guises.

No doubt this film will be analysed over the years for all its layers and meanings.

But for now Cloud Atlas sits neatly alongside reflective libertarian films like Spielberg’s Lincoln and even Tarantino’s Django Unchained. A triumph.