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UPDATE: Epic 6-Minute Trailer For 'Cloud Atlas,' Directors' Intro, Synopsis, Poster

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by Tambay A. Obenson
July 26, 2012 12:59 PM
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Here the official release trailer, nearly 6-minutes long, of Cloud Atlas, the adaptation of David Mitchell’s epic labrynth of a novel co-directed by Tom TykwerLana Wachowski and Andy Wachowski, stars Tom HanksHalle BerrySusan SarandonKeith David, Jim Broadbent, Hugo Weaving, Jim Sturgess, Doona BaeBen WishawJames D’Arcy and Zhou Xun.

The released synopsis reads:

"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 trailer below promises something heady as you'd expect (quite chatty too), and visually captivating. Running at close to 3 hours, with this team (cast and crew), and the mix in styles/technique from all 3 filmmakers, it should be quite the ride.

Events like this are why I love the movies, and why I love what I do. 

Ahead of its October 26 release, Toronto International Film Festival attendees will get to see it first, since the film will make its world premiere there.

First watch the intro from the 3 filmmakers; then watch the epic 6-minute preview underneath that; and finally, the poster at the very bottom; enjoy!

Cloud Atlas - Andy Wachowski, Tom Tykwer, Lana Wachowski Intro from Tambay Obenson on Vimeo.

Cloud Atlas - 6 Minute Trailer from Tambay Obenson on Vimeo.

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13 Comments

  • Big Styles | July 29, 2012 7:29 PMReply

    When has Tykwer ever let us down? Never made a boring film. Maybe he can give the Wachowskis that deepness that they always crave. Seeing it on the strength of Tommy T alone.

  • noel | July 28, 2012 10:53 AMReply

    Looks real good. Like the score of the trailer and transitions. Nice one.

  • Nadine | July 26, 2012 10:58 PMReply

    Dope.

  • Shebababy | July 26, 2012 7:59 PMReply

    When is someone gonna tell Hollywood that not every "bestselling novel" has to be turned into a movie. This is zzzz

  • saadiyah | July 26, 2012 7:30 PMReply

    This looks awesome!!! The film better be as good as the trailer, because I'll be there expecting to have my mind blown.

  • CareyCarey | July 26, 2012 6:15 PMReply

    I AM ALL IN! This has the feel of a great epic adventure. I say "feel" because it appears to be a film in which the viewer must immerse oneself. I am reminded of "Benjamen Button", Titanic, Inception and any of a number of Tom Hanks films that relied on the tone of the narrator to set a mood and fill in the blanks. And boy do I LOVE a great love story. Now of course I have concerns. First, Halle is paired with a few big hitters so she will have to bring it. Also, the role seems to require that she reach an unbounded range of emotions. Now, reference crossing different genres: Well, that can be a good thing as long as it doesn't become disingenuous. You know, as long as it (the change in genre) moves the story and feels like it's an essential part of the "story", am cool. But when a director includes grand epic scenes and sweeping changes in narrative just because they can ...well, they lose me. I mean, "different" is cool and loads of action is alright, and I can suspend belief as well as the next true film fan, but don't push the limits too far. Do it wisely. Having said that, Cloud Atlas appears to be hitting on all cylinders.

  • LeonRaymond | July 26, 2012 3:00 PMReply

    I loved it and regardless what is said here , I thought it was breath taking film making

  • BluTopaz | July 26, 2012 2:15 PMReply

    Thx for posting--I don't usually get hyped about epic blockbusters but i'm excited to see Tykwer's work in this in particular. He directed Perfume, a great film based on another novel considered too difficult to put into a visual medium. I'm going to start reading Cloud Atlas this weekend. And yeah, maybe this will put Halle back on top--I like her and think she deserves a major hit.

  • Vanessa Martinez | July 26, 2012 6:38 PM

    Really enjoyed Perfume, which my sister recommended to me a few years ago. I didn't know director Tykwer was behind that film. Looking forward to this.

  • sandra | July 26, 2012 1:58 PMReply

    I was intrigued in the beginning, but it soon became overwhelming. There is too much going on in that trailer. I had to stop at 3:39.

  • Sergio | July 26, 2012 1:49 PMReply

    The thing that got me about that introduction with the filmmakers is that this is the first time and anyone has gotten to see and hear the former LARRY Wachowski now as the post-op Lana

  • Laura | July 26, 2012 2:12 PM

    As a Wachowski film fan, its' a little discombobulating. I remember the whole mess with the divorce and the dominatrix side-peice. It seems like she is happy in the skin that she is in. I've never seen Larry as happy and bubbly as I've seen Lana. Even photos ops I've seen a happy Lana but I stoic or sullen Larry. But her voice... um, I'll leave that one alone.

  • TheRealMarissa | July 26, 2012 1:43 PMReply

    Looks OK. Not as great as everyone is trying to make it out to be in my opinion

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