The Wachowski brothers have a bit of a spotty track record. On the one hand they have directed sci-fi classics such as The Matrix and they wrote the screenplay for the V for Vendetta adaptation, but on the other hand they are also responsible for the second two Matrix films as well as Speedracer. Now they are back once again with their next big science fiction film, Cloud Atlas.
Despite the Wachowski bros’ iffy resume Cloud Atlas looks like it has the potential to blow us away. First off it has a great cast featuring Tom Hanks, Hugo Weaving, Halle Berry, Hugh Grant, Ben Whishaw, and Jim Sturgess. Hanks involvement alone is enough to spark interest in the film and the other familiar faces only serve to sweeten the deal.
On top of that, the plot seems incredibly intriguing. I am not too familiar with the book so a lot of the beautiful footage shown in the extended trailer bewildered me but we know that we are going to be seeing several interweaving storylines over the course of thousands of years. We also know that the same actors are going to be playing multiple roles. After seeing this, the first thing it made me think of was The Fountain which is in no way a bad thing. The Matrix was and is still a groundbreaking science-fiction feat. Regardless of your feelings toward the later films you cannot deny this. Cloud Atlas looks like the Wachowski brothers are aiming to do this once again and from this glimpse into the film it looks like they are on the right track.
All in all, the trailer portrays the film as an intellectual, sci-fi fantasy adventure; kind of a mesh between The Fountain, Mr. Nobody, and Inception. Regardless of the directors’ past failures I believe that Cloud Atlas could be their next groundbreaking hit. The longer than normal trailer has got me excited for a film in a way I haven’t been in years. The trailer also features an M83 song in the background which was just the cherry on top for me.
The first trailer for the film came out several weeks ago but for those of you, who haven’t had the opportunity yet to watch it, check it out below as well as the Wachowski brothers’ brief commentary on it. The latter might not usually be as exciting as the trailer but this is especially notable due to the brother’s stance on never commenting on their films.
So what do you guys think about the trailer? Are you excited about the film? For those of you who have the read the book how are you feeling about the adaptation? Leave your thoughts and feelings in the comments below!