Cloud Atlas is visually dazzling – Tom Hanks, Halle Berry, Jim Sturges, Susan Sarandon, Hugh Grant Wow… just wow. This is exactly the kind of film that we claim Hollywood lacks the nerve to make and yet here it is. It’s based on an acclaimed science fiction novel. It stars the likes of Tom Hanks, Halle Berry, Hugo Weaving, Jim Sturges, Susan Sarandon, Hugh Grant, Keith David, Jim Broadbent, and James D’Arcy.

It cost $100 million to make yet looks like it cost $500 million. It’s rated R. It runs 164 minutes. For those who claim that Hollywood doesn’t make movies for adults anymore, you kinda have a duty to check this out in three months. Warner Bros. is seemingly showing some of that old-school hands-off courage that made them my favorite major studio for most of my life, letting Tom Tykwer and the Wachowskis run wild once again. Since I have not read the 2004 book that this film is based on, I cannot say how spoiler-ish this footage is, but considering how under-the-radar this picture is 90 days before its debut, I’d argue that this is a necessary marketing tool to get people talking. Long story short, this looks spectacular and instantly shoots to the upper-realms of my ‘must-see’ list for fall/winter 2012. To be fair my secret wish is for Cloud Atlas to be so good that it causes people to reevaluate the inexplicably undervalued brilliance of Speed Racer and even (to a lesser extent) the Matrix sequels. Cloud Atlas opens on October 26th. I suppose ‘we’ll see’, but yeah, go see it regardless.

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  • July 30, 2012 | Permalink |

    This is NOT a studio film. It is an independently financed German production that is simply being distributed by Warner Bros. The distribution deal only came after the film had been completed. WB are probably the best studio there is, but they did not take this risk, in fact they rejected a studio production of this film, which is why the directors ended up going it alone.

  • July 30, 2012 | Permalink |

    U have no idea what this fiilm already means to me. Watching the trailer now just now, I was instantenously gripped by a visceral surge of volcanic emotions, tremulus and quivering, tears streamed down my face and a cold wave eroded my entire body, it was like a fever entity was invading me and taking over. Not to mention the myriad intellectual and philosophical ideas and concepts firing snd cascading rapidly across my cerebral nerve cells. I cannot wait!

  • July 30, 2012 | Permalink |

    Hollywood DOES lack nerve to do such films, that’s why it’s NOT a Hollywood movie, it’s a German movie. Hollywood and its producers didn’t want to spend a dime on it, claiming it’s impossible for it to be a worthwhile production, so the siblings and Tykwer gathered money on their own from all over the world and shot it in Europe, primarily in Studio Babelsberg, near Berlin. Eventually, WB, seeing it’s actually a cool flick, decided to buy distribution rights in the US, so they can show it in cinemas under their label, that’s all.

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