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The Wachowski's Cloud Atlas Trailer Is Epic in Scale and Short on Slo-Mo Bullets

By Dustin Rowles | Trade News | July 26, 2012 | Comments ()


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Hey! I read the David Mitchell book upon which this movie was based, and it was really good. What I don't understand is how the Wachowskis and co-director Tom Tykwer (Run Lola Run) will merge thematically similar, but disparate six short stories with different characters and time periods into a coherent film. The five-minute trailer offers clues, and suggest that this whole thing is either going to be one massively amazing film or a gangly unwieldy mess. It has a great cast -- Tom Hanks, Halle Berry, Jim Broadbent, Ben Whishaw, Hugo Weaving, Jim Sturgess, Susan Sarandon -- and excellent source material. I just fear that that source material is not adaptable to film.

The Wachowskis have only made two movies in the last decade -- The Matrix Reloaded and Speed Racer -- and neither were particularly well received. One would imagine there's a lot riding on this movie, which opens on October 26th.

Grab some popcorn and hang out for a while. This trailer is long.

(Via JoBlo)




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  • rachel612

    I love the book. I remember when I heard this was being made, my first thought was "how can they possibly make a movie from that book?"

    The answer appears to be: with endless voiceover.

    I'm filing this under "looks pretty but will be tedious."

  • Ruthie O

    Halle Berry fucking broke my heart in Monster's Ball. I've been waiting for years for her to have another opportunity to display her acting chops, and I hope this is it.

  • winged chorus

    This is one of my favourite books in the whole world and I'm afraid I've already given in to full-blown excitement and anticipation. I've locked that nagging doubtful voice inside me away for the moment, which of course means that if the movie's a pile of steaming poo the pain will be all the worse. But I'll always have the book.

  • Yoyoma

    Six minutes and not a single idea of plot. Not a good sign.

  • Jim Slemaker

    I gave up on the Wachowskis about half way through the second Matrix movie.

  • junierizzle

    This looks interesting. I didn't read the book so I'm going in fresh!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • the_wakeful

    Go, then. There are other worlds than these.

  • AHHhHHHHH Dark Tower! Awesome.

  • Sara Habein

    I loved this book, so I am cautiously optimistic as well.

  • Rooks

    Wow. That is one beautiful trailer slash short movie. It gave me goosebumps on the neck. Problem is, while it's totally okay with me that I don't understand the plot in this trailer - not understanding/not having to understand the complex aspects almost adds to my enjoyment - , it won't be okay that I will not understand the two-and-a-half-hour long movie.
    And I won't, I'm sure of it. Everything in this trailer tells me that this movie is going to be heartbreakingly pretty visually, but will refuse to be understood.

  • supafly

    Cloud Atlas is one of my favorite books of all time. The Matrix is my favorite action movie ever made but I am dreading this adaptation. The book to me is a work of art and until is proven otherwise, way too complicated in my opinion to be adapted for the screen. Especially in just one movie. While the trailer did look interesting, the fear for me is the batshit crazy Wachowskis make a batshit scrazy mess of it all. Fingers crossed for a different outcome!

  • Fabius_Maximus

    Couldn't finish it. The sound quality is atrocious.

  • Protoguy

    That first shot of Hanks looking like Mickey Rourke had a love child with Common was a little odd.

  • hapl0

    Now, why am I reminded of The Fountain?

  • junierizzle

    I thought the same thing.

  • I will watch anything with the Weaving in it. Because he is The Shit. But aside from his presence (and a bit o'Sarandon) I will remain skeptical.

  • bunnyfish

    Everything I read up to now about Cloud Atlas was "dear lord, what a mess..." but that trailer looked pretty boss. I am cautiously optimistic.

  • I haaaaaaaaated this book. HATED. It's one of two or three that I haven't been able to finish in my life. Well, not so much 'been able' to, just 'You couldn't pay me to read another page of this shit' kind of thing.

  • TheOriginalMRod

    And thanks Tom Hanks... now I am going to have to go knit myself a cool hoodie...

  • Snath

    How the hell did the Wachowskis score this kind of talent for their movie? And where did they get the money?

  • QueeferSutherland

    They got $100 million from German investors. As for the talent, their names still carry weight in Hollywood, even after the Speed Racer debacle.

  • And by investors you mean me, the average German taxpayer. :)
    Rollerball was also funded with German tax money, I hope this turns out better...

  • Speed Racer is exactly what it set out ot be...a living, breathing comic book that wears its heart on its sleeve.

    That said, this trailer intrigues me and bedazzles me because having Tom Twyker on board seems to make me feel safe in the knowledge that the storytelling of such a grand endeavor will be tempered by his know how. The Wachowski's bring the cast and imagery, Twyker brings the narrative focus and human element. Mixed together...I can't help but smile that a movie like this got made, and I look forward to reading the book.

  • Our views on Speed Racer are the same. I don't understand why people don't get it.

  • Samantha Klein

    This could...maybe...work? I am afraid to be too positive.

  • Same here. I'm trying to remain cautiously optimistic.

  • TheOriginalMRod

    Okay, now I definitely have to read this and Life of Pi... they are both going in my cart now.

  • BarbadoSlim

    Halle Berry? What, is it 1998 again?

  • KV

    Welcome back! Where have you been all these time?!

  • BarbadoSlim

    Drinking. :)

  • Fredo

    I swear I'm going to finish this book before summer ends!

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