clips and trailers: Cloud Atlas (2013)

clips and trailers: Cloud Atlas (2013)

I’m looking forward to Cloud Atlas… Not because it’s the latest film from The Wachowskis, their names long lost their cache with me… but because it just sounds… ambitious.

Ambition is something that I think has been sorely lacking in blockbuster film making in recent years… We’ve had a lot of sequels, remakes, reboots and re-imaginings but there’s been little that’s been… new. Until this year really. 2012 hasn’t been a bad year at all for ambition. Not everything has worked out, Disney’s John Carter is proof of some times reaching for the stars can end with you falling flat on your face, Prometheus harshly divided audiences, but there’s have been some fantastic success stories like Avengers Assemble and The Muppets.

Now I know Cloud Atlas is based on a novel, so it’s you can’t count it as particularly original film-making but I’m not talking about original. I’m talking about taking a chance. We’ve had a lot of safe adaptations. The Hunger Games was always going to make money, The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo was bound to find an audience…

Cloud Atlas isn’t a safe bet. It’s a strange book. 6 interwoven stories spanning time across the 19th century to a post-apocalytic future. Some called it unfilmable… Filming an unfilmable novel? Well what is that if not ambitious? I can’t wait to see what they’re going to do with it.

Cloud Atlas, film, movie, posterRELEASE DETAILS

release date: 22 February 2013 (UK & IRL) / 26 October 2012 (US)
directors: Tom Tykwer, Andy Wachowski, Lana Wachowski
writers: David Mitchell (novel), Tom Tykwer, Andy Wachowski, Lana Wachowski
cast: Tom Hanks, Halle Berry, Jim Broadbent, Hugo Weaving, Jim Sturgess, Doona Bae, Ben Whishaw, James D’Arcy
genre: drama, mystery, sci-fi
running time: 172 mins

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Video clips available

Cloud Atlas trailer #1
Cloud Atlas trailer #2 – Extended
Cloud Atlas featurette #1 – A Multitude of Drops
Cloud Atlas featurette #2 – Connected
Cloud Atlas featurette #3 – Bringing Cloud Atlas to Life
Cloud Atlas featurette #4 – An Actor’s Dream

Cloud Atlas trailer #1

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Cloud Atlas Trailer #2 – Extended

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Cloud Atlas Featurette – A Multitude of Drops

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Cloud Atlas Featurette – Connected

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Cloud Atlas Featurette – Bringing Cloud Atlas to Life

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Cloud Atlas Featurette – An Actor’s Dream

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Cloud Atlas is in Irish and UK cinemas now


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    SeanNovember 9, 2012 - 8:23 pm

    I saw this last week, I thought it worked really well. Thoroughly enjoyable with some flaws.

    Have not read the book.

    Considering the scale of what they were doing, it was mostly easy to follow. And you really don’t feel the just-under 3 hours go by.
    I’d go as far to say that I will probably see it again – there are lots of small connections between the stories that I feel I may have missed or only hinted themselves at me.

    Apart from anything else, I would like to see this film do well. It is great to see a $100m+ movie that isn’t part of a franchise.

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    Nicola TimminsNovember 17, 2012 - 1:02 pm

    Hey Sean,

    Unfortunately I don’t think that’s likely, unless it manages to make a lot of money on DVD… There’s been so much middling press out of the US that I suspect that by the time it makes it to Europe everyone will have forgotten about it.

    It’s a pity how that always seems to turn out, Cloud Atlas is one of those films that seems like it might get a new lease of life in Europe… but when they fail in the US they always seem cut the marketing here and boom, no chance of making its money back at all.

    Then of course everyone feels justified in calling it a flop, some studio exec decides that audiences don’t want new and different ideas, and we all go back to watching “Romantic comedy starring Gerard Butler #47”.

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    SpunderApril 24, 2013 - 8:20 pm

    I saw this film recently. Though I am a big fan of Tom Hanks and the acting was flawless, and each individual story was clear and well played, in the end I could not make a connection between everything that happened in the movie. I was disappointed that I did not understand the movie. I think I will watch it again. The same thing happened with ” The Ethernal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind” and after I saw it the third time, I thought it was one the best film ever made.

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