Thursday, September 6, 2012

New trailer for Cloud Atlas

Cloud Atlas, based on David Mitchell's novel of the same name, is screening at this year's Toronto Film Festival.
Check out this new trailer below. This book was a slow start for me and I put it aside - I am going to have to try again ... as soon as I finish the rather difficult The Eye of the Storm by Patrick White. I have plenty of time, Cloud Atlas doesn't hit theatres until October 26.

Here's the overview from Barnes and Noble.
"Cloud Atlas begins in 1850 with Adam Ewing, an American notary voyaging from the Chatham Isles to his home in California. Along the way, Ewing is befriended by a physician, Dr. Goose, who begins to treat him for a rare species of brain parasite. Abruptly, the action jumps to Belgium in 1931, where Robert Frobisher, a disinherited bisexual composer, inveigles his way into the household of an infirm maestro who has a beguiling wife and a nubile daughter. From there we jump to the West Coast in the 1970s and a troubled reporter named Luisa Rey, who stumbles upon a web of corporate greed and murder that threatens to claim her life. And onward, to an inglorious present-day England; to a Korean superstate of the near future where neocapitalism has run amok; and, finally, to a postapocalyptic Iron Age Hawaii in the last days of history." But the story doesn't even end there. The narrative then boomerangs back through centuries and space, returning by the same route, in reverse, to its starting point. Along the way, Mitchell reveals how his disparate characters connect, how their fates intertwine, and how their souls drift across time like clouds across the sky."

The film stars Tom Hanks, Halle Berry, Susan Sarandon, Jim Broadbent, Hugo Weaving, Hugh Grant, Jim Sturgess and James D'arcy (that's three potential Jims if you're counting). The husband and wife team of Andy and Lana Wachowski adapted the novel along with Tim Twyker. The imdb credits also list the trio as 'directing'.  I'm not sure how three people can direct one movie but since the scope of the story is so huge and spans such a mammoth amount of time, perhaps each one directed a specific segment.



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