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Watch: Epic 4-Minute Trailer For 'Cloud Atlas' Surfaces

by Tambay A. Obenson
July 26, 2012 9:44 AM
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Cloud Atlas

Well, here it is... not the official USA release trailer, and not complete, but here's your first look at one of the very few films remaining in 2012 that I can say I'm genuinely looking forward to seeing... 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.

You'll recall that, as already noted in past posts, the novel spans centuries and locations, “from Melvillean high-seas drama to California noir and dystopian fantasy.“ And also worth noting is that the core group of starring actors will play multiple roles across all the different storylines, periods and locations, which might make the film even more of a challenge to watch, but a good challenge.

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.

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.

Watch the 4-minute (Chinese) preview below (thanks to our friends at Twitch for the find):

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  • Marissa | July 26, 2012 12:57 PMReply

    Epic? Breathtaking, total genuis? People please don't pretend you would even care about this if halle wasn't in it. It looks OK, nothing more nothing less. And she is NOT in every scene, merely a few and in all of them it looks like Tom Hanks will easily steal the movie from her.

  • Grow Up | July 26, 2012 1:04 PM

    Wah, wah, wah, they're "entitled to [their] opinions," Marissa! Just change your name to "I Hate Halle Berry," because it's all you seem to do. It's fine not to like her, but you take it to an extremely intense and petty level. You are not to be taken seriously.

  • anon | July 26, 2012 12:43 PMReply

    Looks like halle is in this ALOT- she's in almost every scene but the make up and hair on all the actors is TERRIBLE!

  • Cherish | July 26, 2012 12:42 PMReply

    Wow. Go Halle getting a great part in this.

  • other song | July 26, 2012 12:14 PMReply

    wtf. this will either be total genius or unfocused garbage. Reminds me of "Mr Nobody", a Jared Leto film I tried to watch back in the day and I just couldn't make it through. this seems like "The Fountain" meets "Mr Nobody".

  • Donella | July 27, 2012 12:02 PM

    Hopefully, it won't be like Southland Tales. Chock full of stars. Somewhat of a headache to follow the storyline.

  • Cordell | July 26, 2012 10:40 AMReply


  • Evan | July 26, 2012 10:19 AMReply

    That was breathtaking. Could be the most ambitious movie this year. Really excited now and I want to read the book.

  • Kenny | July 26, 2012 9:58 AMReply

    WOW...looks awesome

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