Watch: Five Minute International Trailer for 'Cloud Atlas'

Tom Hanks and Halle Berry in Cloud Atlas
Tom Hanks and Halle Berry in Cloud Atlas
Photo: Warner Bros.

I guess images weren't enough as a five minute preview for Cloud Atlas from directors Andy and Lana Wachowski and Tom Tykwer has made its way online.

The film, based on the novel by David Mitchell, is described as an epic story of humankind in which the actions and consequences of our lives impact one another throughout the past, present and future as one soul is shaped from a murderer into a savior and a single act of kindness ripples out for centuries to inspire a revolution.

The cast includes Tom Hanks, Ben Whishaw, Hugo Weaving, Susan Sarandon, Jim Broadbent, Jim Sturgess, Hugh Grant, James D'Arcy, Halle Berry and Keith David and what's even more interesting is each actor is said to have upwards of six different roles in the film.

I haven't read the book, but apparenlty we meet a reluctant voyager crossing the Pacific in 1850; a disinherited composer living a precarious livelihood in between-the-wars Belgium; a high-minded journalist in Governor Reagan's California; a vanity publisher fleeing his gangland creditors; a genetically modified "dinery server" on death-row; and Zachry, a young Pacific Islander witnessing the nightfall of science and civilization.

Check out the five-minute trailer below if you're interested, but this is one I am definitely not watching as I'll be catching it at the Toronto Film Festival in September before it hits theaters on October 26. The domestic trailer will be online at 10 AM tomorrow morning, Thursday, July 26.

Also be sure to check out the 22 pictures from the film which I just previewed right here.

  • Rolocop

    This is either going to be absolute genius or an unbelievable disaster. Nothing in between.

    • AS

      I disagree. The odds of any film being "absolute genius" is beyond remote and based on this trailer I'm sure it won't be an "unbelievable disaster." It will probably be somewhere in the middle.

    • Criterion10

      I'm not so sure about it being "absolute genius" but it could definitely be a disaster. I'm really hoping that it's good. I only skimmed the trailer as I don't want to alter my expectations.

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  • Leonardo

    This and Life of Pi are already frontrunners in best effrects and best cinematography for me.

  • Ismal Ishak

    I'm in! The trailer looks fantastic and the cast is definitely worth it.

  • enriqueinglasious

    Berry and Donna rae look good for supporting mind

  • Newbourne

    Looks very gimmicky and melodramatic. Plus it seems like Halle Berry is meant to be a classier version of a MPDG. Obviously, it's the first movie of its kind so I'll keep an open mind. I'm definitely interested to see how it plays out, but the trailer itself didn't really do much for me.

  • Deena Jones’ wig

    Halle's career is back on track. Get it gurl

    • Viral

      Amen to that! ona side note in one of the pictures posted earlier she however looked to me like kerry washington ( the one where she is screaming in the car looking at something )

  • I wrote Impressive (where’d it go…)

    Hmmm.. Anyway... I'll post it again. Impressive. I think it's going to be a great adaptation.. Why the skepticism, let's wait to see the movie.. Trailer (A-)

  • Viral

    Its so far away from what i expected it to be - the first half of the trailer is so Tree of life/fountain in terms of the visuals and then it goes to sci-fi soooo quickly its crazy... crazy good. and even at the end of the 5 minutes i have no clue. Loved the voice over, loved the music, loved the visuals and loved the over all trailer... i wasn't as excited earlier but this trailer has be very very intrigued

  • Yaz

    Know little of this and quite frankly, the trailer confused the heck out of me. But I'm def. intrigued by the visuals and scope of the story. Should be a mind-bender.

  • AJ

    Certainly looks ambitious. As it's based on a successful novel, I'm going to assume that the story actually holds together (which would be my greatest fear after a trailer as all-over-the-map as that one). Visually there are many stunning images, and the themes are appealing.

    My one complaint is with this tendency for films to put Tom Hanks in truly awful hairdos. Maybe he searches out roles where he gets to have ridiculous hair? Hard to say.

    • TORRYZ

      Agreed with Tom Hanks. I can't remember the last movie I saw with him in it. I probably won't see this either. I'm so over Hanks.

  • Tom

    Loved the book, this looks like it's following it pretty closely. I have faith in this.

  • Driver

    Sign me in, looks like an amazing experience.
    This movie will long though.

  • Travis

    Looks decent. I will put it at a lock for visuals, and we'll see how it goes on art direction and Best Picture. Maybe a "Tree of Life" spot (maybe it will take away the pain of Currently using TDKR as a possible Best Picture nom)

  • Winchester

    I've not read the book but the idea of the story and the scope of it appeals. I liked the 5 minute sneak but obviously (and probably understandably) it's not clear how it all ties together as such.

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  • Philip

    Brought shivers down my spine. Awesome trailer, and I have a positive feeling that this will also turn out to be a great movie -- yep, a movie event like Life of Pi.

  • pmc

    Read the book. It is one of the best books written in the last 50 years. Incredible achievement by David Mitchell whose other books you should also read. If you still aren't curious enough to see this movie, you're and idiot.

    How they all connect is that the main characters are all reincarnations of the same soul through six different stories that are told in a fashion that resembles a Russian nested doll. The stories span genres from historical adventure to detective mystery to literary memoir to dystopian future to sci-fi post-apocalypse.

    It isn't an easy story. But nothing worthwhile ever is.