I Have No Idea What's Going On in the Wachowski's 'Cloud Atlas' Trailer, But It Sure Looks Neat

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I Have No Idea What's Going On in the Wachowski's Cloud Atlas Trailer, But It Sure Looks Neat

By Dustin Rowles | Trailers | September 6, 2012 | Comments ()


A few weeks ago, we unspooled the first, massive trailer for Tom Twyker and the Wachowki's Cloud Atlas. It was over five minutes long, and made very little sense. This new trailer is a more manageable two and a half minutes, and while it looks visually superb, there's so much going on in it that it's impossible to piece together the plot. I suppose that's fitting, given that David Mitchell's Cloud Atlas novel is a collection of short stories, but in weaving them together with the same actors playing different characters from different stories, the Wachowski's have created a movie that ultimately may be very good, but one that's going to be difficult to market.

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  • Brenton

    Cloud Atlas is not just a collection of short stories. It's a chronological series of stories that are tied together.

  • denesteak

    What's sort of odd is that when I read the book, though you got the idea that there are two of the same souls (if you will) going through time, you are not really smothered with it.

    For me, it was more about the world being so large and grand and all these crazy little stories figure into it, but they are only a cog in the little machine that is the history of the world. Not that it makes what we do less significant --if anything, it makes it much more important, because if it doesn't matter what the end is (there is the sense where you are constantly moving on, moving on, moving on to the next grand epic), then what you do, how you do, how you are is what actually counts.

    Anyway, it was of course mitchell's brill writing that tied it together for me, and it's going to be so vastly different to be watching it. I'm excited for it.

  • luckypete

    I think it will be a glorious cinematic event (ok, maybe overselling it a bit, but hey...). It'll be a very interestingly good movie.

  • Archie Leach

    The Fountain on steroids?

  • aroorda

    The book was incredible. Early showings are over 3 hours but it probably needs it as it covers times in 2-3 different millenia. I thought I remembered reading the "The Fountain" was inspired by this book. Completely different story, but here's hoping that they manageto get it right.

  • $27019454

    The header picture has me in FITS!! My love of blue-and-white pottery is all consuming and to see the flagrant destruction of these treasures is...ahhhgggh.
    I may not recover. I may not.

    But then I calm down and I think...who collected all those plates? and...and...ENVY. I burn with envy.

    Is this what they mean when they call something "torture porn?" Something tells me that's just my particular definition...

    Mrs. Julien? Care to chime in?

  • Mickey

    I read the book (and loved it) and I concur that this book is not easily adapted into a coherent movie. From watching the trailer, it looks like they have tried to make the whole messy thing work, but my guess is that many will leave the movie theater shaking their head wondering what just happened.

  • Whoa. I'd been trying to remember for AGES where I'd read a story about a slave type woman in a future society and it just dawned on me that it was in this book. And that I loved the book but remember veeery little about it. Damn. I need to re-read it and then watch this, because it does look beautiful.

  • brite

    Can. Not. Wait.

  • I like that the Wachowskis and and Twyker are crazy enough to tackle this book. I'm excited to see how the same actors, different characters conceit will work. There has to be some kind of link with a thematic short story collection and that might be the way to do it.

    I think their approach to creating a coherent plot is pretty clear. They're framing it as some cosmic epic about trying to find and maintain love no matter how long it takes. Each set of characters is a new chance to get it right. How the stories come together is what's completely up in the air. This could be spectacular or terrible. There will be no in between.

    What gives me hope is that Tom Twyker previously adapted an "impossible" book to film and it turned out quite well. Perfume: The Story of a Murderer hits the right tone and gets the story across even if its a bit too stylized to meet everyone's tastes. The Wachowskis know how to put the visuals together and stage action. The combination could make for a great feature.

  • GunNut2600

    Oh this is going to be a hot train wreck mess of a film. I will proudly come back and admit I am wrong if it turns out good, but this to me looks like a cat 5 hurricane of just shit.

  • Bennetttt

    Seriously are you pretending to be completely void of imagination, unable to speculate on what it could be about with Tom Hanks's clear narration, in same way that a pretty girl tells everyone she believe she's really ugly?

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