Cloud Atlas trailer


67 Responses to “Cloud Atlas trailer”

  1. Dan Hibiki says:

    how many movies are in this one trailer?

  2. Simon Cohen says:

    Well I’m stunned – after reading the book I was convinced it would be un-filmable (sp?) but it looks like they’ve managed it. Can’t wait.

  3. Alan Gratz says:

    Good heavens.

  4. mattbailey0 says:

    oh no everyone, it’s Tom Hanks

  5. Spezz says:

    Sounds like a neat Buddhist epic. Never heard of the book, but I think i’ll check it out now.

  6. I really want this to be good. But, if it isn’t, at least we’ll still have an amazing trailer and dreams of what could have been.

  7. NikFromNYC says:

    That’s art.

  8. awesomerobot says:

    Can you really call a 5-minute trailer a teaser?

  9. “From the directors of PERFUME and SPEED RACER…”

    Chances are the critics will want this to flop hard, and chances are they will get their way.

    On the other hand, the reason we have cinema is so that people can do something utterly, gloriously ridiculous as this.

  10. Teirhan says:

    So how long is this movie going to be?

    also, kind of reminds me of a weird babel / the fountain mashup.  I mean this in a good way.

    • April Arcus says:

      with a pinch of “the time traveler’s wife” and a nice even glaze of “2046″ over the whole thing!

    • bcsizemo says:

      The Fountain is my all time favorite movie and this is the first I’m hearing about this movie and it certainly has me interested.

  11. Boundegar says:

    Spoiler: true love prevails.

  12. RKTR ♫ says:

    Finally some real sci fi in theathers.  Promethius just didnt do it for me this year.

  13. DreamboatSkanky says:

    “Because when hope is gone, hope is the only thing that’s left.”

  14. KingZilch says:

    If the Wachowskis’ last few movies are any indication, I’m probably going to love this, and take a lot of crap from people over it.

  15. Bottle Imp says:

    It looks like they might have almost pulled it off. My worry after watching the trailer is that they appear to have taken much that was implicit in the book and made it explicit. I’m not sure how much of that is using voice over to cram in more information, or what appears to be significant change in the Frobisher section aimed at making some of the themes easier to catch. Obviously, changes must be made for an adaptation, but it looks like there’s a whole lot of “here’s what’s going on, do you follow, let me explain it to you again” in the movie.

  16. Michael says:

    There are four shots in the trailer of actors smoking. When this happens, I often wonder if the filmmaker also smokes and is trying to normalize aberrant behaviour by depicting it in the movie.  This is not a character trait that should be on display unless the consequences are being addressed, and there’s no indication of that here. Hollywood’s love affair with smoking seems to never end no matter how destructive we know it to be.

    • Scott Slemmons says:

       Christ, what an asshole.

    • Andrew Pendleton says:

      Yeah, you’re probably right.  Aberrant behavior shouldn’t be depicted in film unless it’s in the form of pedantic moralism.  People shouldn’t smoke unless they then get cancer, they shouldn’t eat a hamburger unless they then get heart attack, they shouldn’t swear unless they corrupt a child, and they shouldn’t have sex unless one of them gets unintentionally pregnant and/or gets AIDS.

      Except, oh yeah… movies like that suck, and if that’s how movies were, nobody would see them.  Film is meant to capture and comment on the human condition.  Some humans smoke.  Depicting it doesn’t necessarily glamorize it; it just makes the cinematic universe more real.

      • bcsizemo says:

        Requiem for a Dream was all about drugs and how bad they are and I thought it was a pretty good movie.

        -I realize the reply was on the sarcastic side, but there isn’t much if anything positive in that movie and it was still good.

    • kib says:

      I look forward to the day when you are finally recognized for your wisdom and are put, rightfully, in charge. Then you will be able to protect us all from our own ignorance, misbehaviour, and filthy little perverse desires.

    • Martijn says:

      But what about violence? Is that still okay to have in movies?

    • kjs3 says:

      You must be a fucking *joy* at parties….

  17. Jorpho says:

    I am really quite astonished that they haven’t gone back to milk The Matrix yet.  There’s money to be made!  What’s taking them so long?

    • CSBD says:

      Well… its been almost long enough for a Matrix reboot (more than long enough in Marvel movie terms).
      I hear Justin Beiber is acting now…. If they dyed his hair black and taught him how to say “Whoa” convincingly, some producer(s) would pay to make him Neo 2.0.

  18. Quiche de Resistance says:

    Just trying to understand why we keep making the same mistakes, over and over.

    (The Matrix Reloaded)
    (The Matrix Revolutions)
    (Speed Racer)

  19. Gerald Mander says:

    I had to stop watching this trailer. Anyone who enjoyed the novel should be dismayed that it has been reduced to a coloring book, complete with dialogue bubbles in bold-face type. The narration was almost entirely “on the nose,” as they say in Hollywood, as if they spent the entire production terrified that viewers wouldn’t get it, so they’ve spent their time explaining the concept instead of letting you figure it out.

    Not a chance in hell I will see this.

  20. hakuin says:

     it’s a dream about the book you read

  21. perch says:

    I’ve read the book, though it was a long time ago, and loved it.

    However, this trailer seems fragmented, confusing, and doesn’t remind me of any of the scenes from the book.

    I give it a solid ‘meh.’

  22. elricky says:

    Is it just me, or is the “Asian” prosthetic makeup on Jim Sturgess distracting — if not insulting?

    (Or does he play a character who disguises himself as Asian using a drugstore Halloween costume? I haven’t read the book.)

    • themagician says:

      It’s just you. Only Asian Americans would be offended by something like this. This film is going to be huge in Korea, though, and no one there would be insulted by his make-up.

      I really hate when people get offended by something like this. Why would it be insulting for a man to dress up like an Asian in a non-derogatory role, especially when the purpose is showing a character reanimated? Unless you think that Asians are hideously disfigured, handicapped individuals, and we can’t explore the way they look without “making fun of them”, then what’s the problem?

  23. Marya says:

    The book was brilliant, by one of the best writers of the millennial turn.  Read it.

  24. billstewart says:

    So, for those of you who’ve read the book and seen the trailer, is it something where I should read the book first, or something where I really shouldn’t?  Having re-read Dune before seeing the movie, I’m guessing that I should put off reading Cloud Atlas and see the movie first?

    • ultranaut says:

      The book is awesome. The trailer is intriguing. Personally, I think the odds are the movie will not be as awesome as the book so reading the book first is likely to detract from the movie. That said, I’d rather have an awesome book make an OK movie disappointing than watch an OK movie and not realize how disappointing it was. Also, being that asshole who walks out of the theater saying, “the book was so much better” is a great way to motivate the ignorant to read books.

    • tomrigid says:

      It’s an exciting and beautiful book full of fascinating things folded together like a sweet literary jelly roll. Heck of a writer, what what.

  25. Alan Smithee says:

    I’m afraid it will be bloody long, and I hate long movies, just like Aki Kaurismäki. Anyway I’ll give it a chance.

    I really recommend the commentary too, AFAIK it’s the first public video of Lana Wachowski (formerly known as Larry) in drag:

    •  Aki Kaurismäki hates long movies?

      • Alan Smithee says:

        I quote this from him frequently: “a film should never run longer than 90 minutes”.

        My tolerance is around 2 hours in case of more epic pieces, which were often overshot in the old times and getting longer nowadays too (even getting cut into several parts since Kill Bill).

        I will be surprised if they can keep this below 3 hours.

    • danimagoo says:

      Lana Wachowski is NOT in drag. She identifies as female, lives as a woman, and has taken a woman’s name. In other words, she’s a woman. To refer to her wearing women’s clothing as being in drag is inaccurate, and a little insulting.

  26. Daniel says:

    Inception + The Never Ending Story + Blade Runner + The Matrix + Water World + Gladiator = too much

  27. Wow.  Seriously.  Wow.  Was this trailer cut in the last 20 years?  I’ve not read the book much less heard of it and from the trailer only have a cursory idea of the plot (hence my ‘when was this trailer cut’ comment…) but this spot makes me want to see this tomorrow.  Can’t wait to see the outcome of this and hope it’s as good as its pedigree says it should be.

    • JiveBowie says:

       Man you’re right though. I can’t stand trailers anymore. They’re cut to appeal to meth-addled fuckwits.

      I liked this trailer because I really liked what was on display, but I didn’t realize that it also didn’t have the normal trailer bullshit like ridiculous loud-quiet cycles with snarky inserted dialogue, bowel-vacating low-bass snarls and total plot giveaways. Every time I go to the theater wanting to see trailers I leave hating them. It’s rare that a trailer is actually appealing.

  28. And to address the “last 20 years” comment… everything of late basically gives away the whole movie in about 3 minutes.  This didn’t.

    • Sigmund_Jung says:

      I thought the same: it’s a 5 minute trailer and I still have no idea what’s actually happening. Which is fantastic. I have to say: I hated everything they did after Matrix I, but this seems to be good!

  29. Sigmund_Jung says:

    It’s great that Lana is signing the directing credits.

  30. redfood says:

    inception + romance novel?

  31. arteyephoto says:

    before I think too much about the trailer, I will read the book for sure… as a dad, I insist that my kids read any book prior to seeing the movie (currently my teen is part way through The Hobbit).  Immersing your imagination with the faces & voices of those cast to somehow recreate a complex, epic story can only serve to detract one’s ability to truly appreciate it in retrospect.  Kids (and adults, too) shouldn’t always have the characters present in their minds just because they’ve already seen a trailer / teaser and / or the movie first.  On another note, knowing nothing about this book, am I the only one who thought of love & hope prevailing as the characters of “Lost” rediscovered each other after Desmond’s machinations in the last few episodes?

  32. arteyephoto says:

    One more thing… lol, as I heard (and appended in my imagination)  “…there’s a natural order to this world, and those who try to upend it do not fare well, Mr. Anderson!”

  33. tubacat says:

    In confirmation of the phenomenon wherein emotional memories are stored separately from intellectual ones, I remember that I immensely enjoyed Cloud Atlas when I read it. But I remember nothing of what I read, even (especially?) when watching the trailer. The only thing that rang a very muffled bell was Song-Me – not the name, but a feeling of empathy for the character…

    I’ll see the movie, for sure…

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