Yesterday, we got the first look at Cloud Atlas, the film written for the screen and directed by The Wachowski Brothers and Tom Tykwer and today, via The Playlist, we got twenty more. Count them, twenty more images from the science fiction film adapted from David Michell’s acclaimed best seller.
With all that said, the real prize is the trailer that was released this morning. The trailer which runs almost 6 minutes is our first look at actual footage and it features almost the entirety of the huge cast. We get glimpses of Tom Hanks, Halle Berry, Jim Sturgess, Ben Whishaw, Jim Broadbent, Hugh Grant, Bae Doona, David Gyasi, Susan Sarandon, Keith David, James D’Arcy and Hugo Weaving, and the disparate worlds that the directors have created: a Pacific sea expedition in the 19th century, Belgium in the 1930s, San Francisco in the 1970s, London in the present day, Korea in a dystopian future, and Hawaii at the end of time.
As, I wrote yesterday, I haven’t read the book, but am going to pick it up this weekend. This is what I do know about it:
The powerful, inspiring epic Cloud Atlas explores how the actions and consequences of individual lives impact one another throughout the past, the present and the future, as one soul is shaped from a killer into a hero, and a single act of kindness ripples across centuries to inspire a revolution.
Because there are so many different plot lines, and so many different time periods throughout history in the film, it’s hard to get a better explanation than the one above. That is, if you haven’t read the book. So, forget what I have written about it and check out the new trailer. Take a long look at the images too, and you will be able to make some sense of it yourself…. I think.
My hope is that there will be an ultimate conclusion to Cloud Atlas. I like these types of movies, ones that are fractured and broken up and edging on confusion. As long as at the end, they are wrapped up in a bow. I pray this story isn’t just about the statement of life, love and death, some story left open ended for us to diagnose. That will disappoint me. If this film wraps up and there is some sort of ultimate understanding however, then I think this film could be great. In a side note, I could listen to Ben Whishaw read books and narrate all day. He’s like Morgan Freeman in that way. Check out the trailer and you’ll know what I mean.
Cloud Atlas Super Size Trailer
Cloud Atlas Photo Gallery
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