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Cloud Atlas Trailer

Tom Hanks' next film

By Robert T. Trate     July 26, 2012

Andy and Lana Wachowski (The Matrix Trilogy) and Tom Tykwer's (Run Lola Run) have released the trailer for their latest movie adventure, Cloud Atlas.
There are six stories in the movie that the characters will appear in that cross through different genres and takes place of over the course of a thousand years. The stories are thematically related, and they are linked by the intersections of various characters throughout the film. The novel consists of six nested stories that take the reader from the remote South Pacific in the nineteenth century to a distant, post-apocalyptic future. Each tale is revealed to be a story that is read (or observed) by the main character in the next. All stories but the last are interrupted at some moment, and after the sixth story concludes at the center of the book, the novel "goes back" in time, "closing" each story as the book progresses in terms of pages but regresses in terms of the historical period in which the action takes place. Eventually, readers end where they started, with Adam Ewing in the Pacific Ocean, circa 1850.
The Pacific Journal of Adam Ewing: Pacific Ocean, circa 1850. Adam Ewing, an American notary's account of a voyage home from the remote Chatham Islands, east of New Zealand. The next character discovers this story as a diary on his patron's bookshelf.
Letters from Zedelghem: Zedelgem, Belgium, 1931. Robert Frobisher, a penniless young English musician, finds work as an amanuensis to a composer living in Belgium. This story is saved in the form of letters to his friend (and implied lover) Rufus Sixsmith, which the next character discovers after meeting Sixsmith.
Half-Lives: The First Luisa Rey Mystery: Buenas Yerbas, California, 1975. Luisa Rey, a journalist, investigates reports of corruption and murder at a nuclear power plant. The next character is sent this story in the mail, in the form of a manuscript for a novel.
The Ghastly Ordeal of Timothy Cavendish: United Kingdom, early 21st century. Timothy Cavendish, a vanity press publisher, flees the brothers of his gangster client. He gets confined against his will in a nursing home from which he cannot escape. The next character watches a movie dramatization of this story.
An Orison of Sonmi~451: Nea So Copros (Korea), dystopian near future. Sonmi~451, a genetically-engineered fabricant (clone) server at Papa Song's diner (a proxy for large fast-dining chains), is interviewed before her execution after she rebels against the capitalist totalitarian society that created and exploited her kind. The next character watches Sonmi's story projected holographically in an "orison," a futuristic recording device.
Sloosha's Crossin' an' Ev'rythin' After: Hawaii, post-apocalyptic distant future. Zachry, a tribesman living a primitive life after most of humanity dies during "the Fall," is visited by Meronym, a member of the last remnants of technologically-advanced civilization. This story is told when the protagonist is an old man, to seemingly random strangers around a camp-fire.
Cloud Atlas arrives in theaters on October 26th, 2012.

Cloud Atlas - Trailer [VO|HQ] by Lyricis

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DarthBob 7/26/2012 11:35:59 AM

Good book and it will be very interesting to see how they fit this into a movie.  Looks crazy with all of those criss crossing genres.

momitchell7 7/26/2012 11:36:12 AM

Andy and Lana Wachowski - so strange...

 

IRONMANIAC 7/26/2012 11:39:11 AM

This looks to be epic.

monkeyfoot 7/26/2012 11:47:45 AM

This is such a beautiful piece of work! WOW! It's the answer to all those who complain about Hollywood never doing anything original or new.

I've always liked the work of the Wachowskis. Each film they challenge themselves in some cinematic or storytelling way. They never seem to sit still ,though depending on your opinion one may not think they always succeed. But you can't deny the extreme reaches they always go for.

For Bound, as first time directors they did a well-written and visually innovative film noir. In The Matrix I think pretty much everybody agrees the first movie was a genre and film game changer with lasting impact. I personally love the whole Matrix trilogy - all three movies. Speed Racer was a beautiful visual display that  tried to do a live action anime. Storywise it left me lacking. But it looks like they are reaching for the stars again on this project.

violator14 7/26/2012 11:53:16 AM

Wait... this was a trailer?? i thought i was watching an entire movie.

DaForce1 7/26/2012 12:12:14 PM

 For some reason this kind of reminds me of The Fountain.

iceknight52 7/26/2012 12:23:17 PM

Give me a sec, need to take an acid hit and watch this one again.

jedibanner 7/26/2012 1:15:47 PM

I keep getting a message error...

jedibanner 7/26/2012 1:22:34 PM

Ok...jus saw the trailer somewhere else...looks interesting (and original for a change).

noahbody 7/26/2012 2:13:06 PM

Why do you hijack my browser with that bullshit Romney comercial.

I should have the right to not have to watch it, not just the ability to mute it. 

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