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4 New Images From 'Cloud Atlas'; Test Screening Reactions Hit The Web

by Kevin Jagernauth
August 13, 2012 2:06 PM
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Of the many big-name films unspooling at TIFF in September, perhaps the crown jewel is the world premiere of The Wachowskis and Tom Tykwer's "Cloud Atlas." The star-studded, sprawling, ambitious adaptation of David Mitchell's novel will be unveiled before hitting theaters in October, but it looks Warner Bros. is still gauging audience reactions to this thing.

The folks at JoBlo have compiled a handful of comments from the web and Twitter from test screenings for the film, which as you might expect feature both praise and criticism. On the high end, there's this rather effusive reaction: "I have to say that this film totally blew me away! Leave it to the very creative and innovative Wachowski's and Tom Tykwer to make this complex book into a GREAT film.. .According to my watch, the film ran 2hrs. 50min. but you would never know it because time just flew by. Cloud Atlas has it all... action, adventure, romance, humor, and several very touching moments. It captures every emotion imaginable and keeps you on the edge of your seat throughout. I can honestly say it's one of the best films I've seen in years and definitely like nothing I've ever seen before! And the rest of the audience also seemed to love the film... there was long and loud applause after the film and lots of positive chatter going on around me. I can't wait for each and every one of you to see it!!!"

But not everyone was impressed with the grand scale and multiple narrative threads of the film. "The movie was over 3 hours and it did tend to drag a little. there were 5 different stories going at once so it was a little confusing for the first hour," one viewer said, while another stated "it was one hot convoluted mess." However, one person seemed to put all the feedback in perspective, perhaps offering the most level-headed summation of what we can all expect:

This isn't going to be a major Oscar player, I don't think. It would require near-unanimous critical praise--which it won't get--and massive box office--which seems unlikely. If it's a player, it will probably mostly be for the techs and maybe the elliptically beautiful screenplay. I have a hard time seeing much of anything else. But I don't really care. I'm glad this movie exists, and I hope the studio doesn't f*** it up too much thanks to test screening results. This is a delicate thing, and even the slightest of changes could make it all fall apart. But for a certain type of filmgoer, this is going to be a real treat indeed, and a reminder that American film can still do ambitious as well as anybody else (just so long as it's primarily financed by foreigners). 

Touché. Until you can for see yourself, here are a few new images from the film featuring Jim Sturgess, Jim Broadbent, Susan Sarandon, Halle Berry, Bae Doona and character actor Keith David (who we didn't know was even in this thing). Tom Hanks, Hugh Grant, Hugo Weaving, Ben Whishaw and more round out the cast. "Cloud Atlas" opens on October 26th.

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  • | August 16, 2012 1:58 AMReply

    more junk, yes the oscars are a big fat joke. most people in hollywood are sinners and live a sinful life, right oprah. just another boring movie.

  • eveleenbr | August 13, 2012 11:47 PMReply

    I've attended both projections and I can say this film gonna obliterate any expectation you can even image. It's A.W.E.S.O.M.E, one of the best films of the decade.

  • BEF | August 13, 2012 7:44 PMReply

    You guys miss Keith David's name on the poster/extended trailer? Best, "it's that guy!" of all time.

  • Jack | August 13, 2012 4:52 PMReply

    This film's going to be brilliant. The book was absolutely fantastic and who better to adapt it then the masterminds behind The Matrix!

  • Pierre | August 13, 2012 3:23 PMReply

    Y'know, balls to The Wachowskis for thinking big. If they fail, let them fail spectacularly.

  • Stevo the Magnificent | August 14, 2012 12:56 AM

    I second you there, Pierre, give it to the Wachowskis; even if you think their post-'The Matrix' output has been both sophomoric and just plain hit-and-miss in equal measures, they're at least interesting in what they do... but as genuinely intriguing as 'Cloud Atlas' is, if it craters or under-performs at the box-office, the brothers are going to be seriously damaged goods in Hollywood, the bean counters haven't yet forgotten the massive disappointment of the 'Matrix' sequels nor the colossal flop that was 'Speed Racer', you know.

  • Michael | August 13, 2012 2:58 PMReply

    It's a German film. The test screenings are more likely for marketing purposes than for cutting to satisfying the baboons quoted above as being quoted on another website. You might want to call one of your contacts at the studio to confirm your reporting.

  • Ken | August 13, 2012 2:42 PMReply

    It annoys me to see someone talk about the Oscars after watching a test screening. Why does that have to be the first thing someone thinks about? It offers nothing of value to the discussion.

  • jesse | August 13, 2012 5:10 PM

    The oscars are a fucking joke. Shame most film goers actually consider it relevant.

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