Cloud Atlas: First Look

Posted by Grey Saturday, July 28, 2012

"Everything is Connected."

This October, brace yourself for one hell of a ride into a bold new cinematic realm courtesy of Lana Wachowski, Tom Tykwer, and Andy Wachowski. The creators of The Matrix Trilogy and the director of Run Lola Run teams together for their most ambitious project ever: Cloud Atlas. The Daily Zombies take a First Look at the much-anticipated film with the release of the astonishing first trailer.

To call The Wachowskis' next film as their "most ambitious project ever" might impress one of an obscene attempt at at hyperbole. But we implore you to reconsider your stance. After all they were the dynamic duo that brought us the original sci-fi epic franchise, The Matrix Trilogy. And with visionary film-maker Tom Tykwer tagging along as a co-director, one does indeed can't help but wonder what cinematic outings are we in for following The Wachowskis' visually-intriguing box office bomb, "Speed Racer" and Tykwer's relatively underwhelming "The International"?

For those who have read British author David Mitchell's 2004 novel of the same name, we are certain that there are no two ways about it in adapting the multiple-award-winning novel to a live-action feature film. Comprising multiple storylines set in eras spanning six millennia apart, the novel presented a revolutionary narrative that it will take the combined mad genius-ness of all three talented film-makers to unleash on the silver screen.

And from the first look of the film courtesy of Warner Bros. Pictures releasing a nearly six-minute trailer and some cool official images, the terrific threesome certainly didn't disappoint. The stunning magnitude of the film is expressively injected into this extended trailer with plentiful preview of sprawling set pieces, gorgeous images, moving scenes, and an unspoken resonance that provide a eye-catching center to the clip. While we only get a brief glimpse at how the remarkable assembly of star-studded international cast will switch between characters of different ethnics, race and eras (for example, Jim Sturgess as a Korean, Halle Berry an Indian), the bold effort in conjuring the effect is a commendable move on the three directors' part. While we can't rule out the propensity of this film turning out to be an epic train-wreck in cinematic history, we like enough of what we saw and can't help but question the opinions of those who remained indifferent with the trailer that is truly a beautiful sight to behold.

With no further ado, hit the jump to check out the beautiful trailer spanning awesome images transcending the boundaries of language, genre and time.

The trailer with Director's Commentaries.

Head over to Apple to view both versions of the trailer in HD.

Here's the official synopsis from the book:

A reluctant voyager crossing the Pacific in 1850; a disinherited composer blagging a precarious livelihood in between-the-wars Belgium; a high-minded journalist in Governor Reagan's California; a vanity publisher fleeing his gangland creditors; a genetically modified "dinery server" on death-row; and Zachry, a young Pacific Islander witnessing the nightfall of science and civilisation — the narrators of Cloud Atlas hear each other's echoes down the corridor of history, and their destinies are changed in ways great and small.

In his captivating third novel, David Mitchell erases the boundaries of language, genre and time to offer a meditation on humanity's dangerous will to power, and where it may lead us.

Here’s the official synopsis for the film:

“Cloud Atlas” explores how the actions and consequences of individual lives impact one another throughout the past, the present and the future. Action, mystery and romance weave dramatically through the story as one soul is shaped from a killer into a hero and a single act of kindness ripples across centuries to inspire a revolution in the distant future.

The first poster of the film.

And courtesy of Entertainment Weekly, check out the slideshow of the official images below, followed by the individual images.

Featuring a star-studded cast of Tom Hanks, Halle Berry, Jim Broadbent, Hugo Weaving, Jim Sturgess, Doona Bae, Ben Whishaw, James D’Arcy, Xun Zhou, Keith David, David Gyasi, Susan Sarandon, and Hugh Grant, Cloud Atlas will premièred at this year’s Toronto International Film Festival, and is set to be released on October 26, 2012 in the United States.


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