I want to rub this trailer all over me – Cloud Atlas
Cloud Atlas is a 2004 novel by British author David Mitchell. It won much acclaim upon its release, it was even shortlisted for the Booker Prize. It consists of six stories that take place in different time periods, from the South Pacific in the 19th century, to the distance, post-apocalyptic future. Like Paul Thomas Anderson’s Magnolia, all these seemingly unrelated stories end up being related.
It’s perfect fodder for the cinematic fire and the project has drawn some serious talent. By the unfortunate, studio-provided still above, you may have guessed that Halle Berry and Tom Hanks have leads in the story. Other notable actors with roles include Jim Sturgess, Hugh Grant, Hugo Weaving, Susan Sarandon, Ben Whishaw and James D’Arcy to name a few. Some of these actors share allegiances to film’s three (three!) directors: Tom Tykwer, Andy Wachowski, and Lana Wachowski. The Wachowski’s have been quiet since 2008′s Speed Racer. Tom Tykwer’s latest 2010′s Drei, the bi-curious drama that reached von Trier-levels of on-screen graphic nudity.
The sprawling and possibly spoiler-ific five-minute trailer released is found below. It begins normal enough and the featured lines spoken, particularly those of Ms. Berry’s character, test the boundaries of banal dialogue. Quickly enough, however, the film lends itself to science fiction, echoing tones and atmosphere that is easy to recall from the Matrix trilogy. I’m not quite sure what the expect from Cloud Atlas. The acclaimed source material will keep hope alive, but its tough after seeing this trailer.