Intriguing doesn't come close to capturing the swirl of mystery around Cloud Atlas. Not only have Andy and Lana Wachowski and Tom Tykwer adapted the seemingly unadaptable in David Mitchell's multi-genre Matryoshka doll of a book, but they've done it with actors playing multiple roles in a variety of weird and wonderful locations and time periods. A dazzling new five-minute trailer is now online for your viewing pleasure.
Also on Apple is an added bonus commentary from directors Tom Tykwer, Andy and Lana Wachowski.
And, courtesy of Entertainment Weekly, there are closer looks at two of the film's characters: Tom Hanks and Halle Berry as a tribesman and a technologically-advanced future-being in a post-apocalyptic Pacific, and Jim Broadbent and Ben Whishaw in 1930s Belgium as a composer and his young apprentice, Robert Frobisher.
“We thought about these individual characters as aspects of larger characters,” Lana Wachowski tells EW. “Their lives are interwoven over one big story that takes place over a thousand years.”
I've always put off reading the novel, but watching this trailer makes we want to read the book right now, amazing, this film looks as ambitious as it is breathtaking. We haven't seen anything quite like this for a long time and probably won't for a long time to come, opening night for me off the back of this trailer. More
Like someone wrote previously...the film can potentially be great, its visuals look absolutely stunning, but Cloud Atlas is a complicated book..let's just hope the directors know how to handle the plot, otherwise it'll just be one beautiful, narrative mess. The visuals of it alone will be enough to make me watch it though, really haven't seen anything like this in a while. More
It's being released in October for crying out loud. I think it's time to release a trailer. If you're going to act like this, warner, why don't you just buy me a bottle of scotch and a hand gun so I can blow my freaking head off! More
Although this has unmitigated fiasco written across it, you have to immediately give the makers six stars for taking a crack at filming the near-impossible; that said, like David Cronenberg & David Lynch, it takes madness to make madness work, and considering the brilliant maniacs involved, it might just come off.
Also worth adding that, (following on from 'Extremely Loud') very-very interesting new career phase for Tom Hanks at a point when he could be consolidating his status with 'Saf More