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Cloud Atlas sees the release of twenty new images from the film and a stunning six minute trailer

07.26.2012
UPDATE: We added a director's commentary video at the bottom of this article featuring the brother/sister Wachowskis, along with Tom Tykwer.

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After a four year absence from cinemas, the Wachowski Siblings (with the help of Tom Tykwer) are on their merry way back in just about the biggest way imaginable with their sprawling and mysterious adaptation of David Mtichell's book CLOUD ATLAS.  It comes to theaters on October 6th, which gives the twenty images below just enough time to begin stirring the pot of your curiosity before you have to decide if you'll be taking a chance on CLOUD ATLAS this fall.

Nothing I can say would prepare you for this trailer, nor could anything I say enhance it.  So let's watch it, and regroup again after all is said and done and you're still a bit stunned.

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And here's a plot recap that doesn't even begin to cover it: A reluctant voyager crossing the Pacific in 1850; a disinherited composer blagging 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 -- the narrators of Cloud Atlas hear each other's echoes down the corridor of history, and their destinies are changed in ways great and small.

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4:21AM on 07/28/2012

I dont know what the confusion is about...

It's the same two characters that are obvious soulmates but keep getting separated by circumstance, time and time again. It's a reincarnation love story. Hanks and Berry are the old dude and Sarrandon and the Brit and Asian, seems that they are catching on at some point in the trailer.
It's the same two characters that are obvious soulmates but keep getting separated by circumstance, time and time again. It's a reincarnation love story. Hanks and Berry are the old dude and Sarrandon and the Brit and Asian, seems that they are catching on at some point in the trailer.
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11:40PM on 07/27/2012
6 minutes long and it stirred no emotions in me at all. Just because its ambitious dosnt mean its good, that trailer was a mess.
6 minutes long and it stirred no emotions in me at all. Just because its ambitious dosnt mean its good, that trailer was a mess.
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8:33PM on 07/27/2012
We have to remember that movies are about more than just fleeting entertainment, sure some are meant to just distract you with blazing action and unrealistic premise. But its been a while since we have had a truly original idea and it is getting harder and harder for them to get made. I have no clue what this is about, but I am jazzed to see it. I for one miss movies that have a pace, connective tissue, and develop the characters over time. It may bomb financially, but if the movie is anything
We have to remember that movies are about more than just fleeting entertainment, sure some are meant to just distract you with blazing action and unrealistic premise. But its been a while since we have had a truly original idea and it is getting harder and harder for them to get made. I have no clue what this is about, but I am jazzed to see it. I for one miss movies that have a pace, connective tissue, and develop the characters over time. It may bomb financially, but if the movie is anything like the trailer it has already scored emotionally for me. Bravo to them for having the will to get this done.
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2:24PM on 07/27/2012
Im lost
Im lost
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9:46AM on 07/27/2012

Looks interesting....

Hope it all comes together in the film because off of that trailer, I am completely lost.
Hope it all comes together in the film because off of that trailer, I am completely lost.
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8:53AM on 07/27/2012
Looks amazing. If they can hold all this together and tie it up in the end without losing the watcher, they will have created something wholly unique and classic.
Looks amazing. If they can hold all this together and tie it up in the end without losing the watcher, they will have created something wholly unique and classic.
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6:12AM on 07/27/2012
Visually amazing, but I was lost. So lost. This could have the potential to be amazing or a big, sprawling mess. A bit like the Wachowski's previous work...
Visually amazing, but I was lost. So lost. This could have the potential to be amazing or a big, sprawling mess. A bit like the Wachowski's previous work...
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3:07AM on 07/27/2012

looks great!

somehow reminded me of Jimmy Kimmel's Movie: The Movie
somehow reminded me of Jimmy Kimmel's Movie: The Movie
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2:53AM on 07/27/2012
I watched the Life of Pi trailer earlier and thought "that was the most visually stunning trailer ever" How I was wrong. Cloud Atlas blew me away. Easily the most ambitious and visually amazing thing I have ever seen. I hope the film is as good as this trailer.
I watched the Life of Pi trailer earlier and thought "that was the most visually stunning trailer ever" How I was wrong. Cloud Atlas blew me away. Easily the most ambitious and visually amazing thing I have ever seen. I hope the film is as good as this trailer.
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10:34PM on 07/26/2012
I'm not a fan of the Wachowskis. Never cared for the Matrix movies, or pretty much any of their work. But I'll be damned if I can't stop watching this trailer. It looks amazing.
I'm not a fan of the Wachowskis. Never cared for the Matrix movies, or pretty much any of their work. But I'll be damned if I can't stop watching this trailer. It looks amazing.
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8:22PM on 07/26/2012
Visually, it looks great, but watching that also leads me to believe it could very well be a clusterfuck of a film....kinda like those last two Matrix movies.
Visually, it looks great, but watching that also leads me to believe it could very well be a clusterfuck of a film....kinda like those last two Matrix movies.
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8:14PM on 07/26/2012

It's about time

As I was watching this, I was thinking; Wow an actual science fiction movie. It's been awhile since I've seen a real one.
As I was watching this, I was thinking; Wow an actual science fiction movie. It's been awhile since I've seen a real one.
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7:55PM on 07/26/2012

INSANE

FUCKING INSANE.
Seriously though, that's a great trailer. I love great trailers. We should be ranking trailers (wink)
Let's hope the film is just as epic.
FUCKING INSANE.
Seriously though, that's a great trailer. I love great trailers. We should be ranking trailers (wink)
Let's hope the film is just as epic.
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7:23PM on 07/26/2012
I fell for the soundtrack... fantastic!
I fell for the soundtrack... fantastic!
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6:30PM on 07/26/2012
WOW. This looks like something else, that's for sure. Looking forward to the film, but if nothing else, that was one hell of a beautiful and inspiring trailer.
WOW. This looks like something else, that's for sure. Looking forward to the film, but if nothing else, that was one hell of a beautiful and inspiring trailer.
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5:59PM on 07/26/2012
It looks like the Wachowskis/Tykwer may have actually pulled this off. Don't wanna get my hopes up too much, though. The book really is rather magical the way it pulls everything together, definitely one of the best I've read in the past decade.

I added vague outlines of the stories included in Cloud Atlas in the comment below for anyone interested. Some of them do contain minor spoilers, read at your own risk.
It looks like the Wachowskis/Tykwer may have actually pulled this off. Don't wanna get my hopes up too much, though. The book really is rather magical the way it pulls everything together, definitely one of the best I've read in the past decade.

I added vague outlines of the stories included in Cloud Atlas in the comment below for anyone interested. Some of them do contain minor spoilers, read at your own risk.
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6:12PM on 07/26/2012
1. Read as the journal entries of a dying man crossing the Pacific circa-1850. Details the abuse he witnesses on the ship and the disturbing events that unfold on the islands the ship stops at.
2. Read as letters between two lovers, one of them disgraced and on the lam from debts owed in England shortly after the first world war.
3. Set in LA during the 1970's, a female reporter tries desperately to get her hands on a report by a scientest detailing the unsafe conditions at a local nuclear
1. Read as the journal entries of a dying man crossing the Pacific circa-1850. Details the abuse he witnesses on the ship and the disturbing events that unfold on the islands the ship stops at.
2. Read as letters between two lovers, one of them disgraced and on the lam from debts owed in England shortly after the first world war.
3. Set in LA during the 1970's, a female reporter tries desperately to get her hands on a report by a scientest detailing the unsafe conditions at a local nuclear power plant.
4. Set in present day, a 60-something vanity publishing house owner is trapped in an old peoples home.
5. In the distant future, a genetically engineered clone working as a slave in a fast food restaurant is being interviewed before her execution for her role in inciting a rebellion.
6. In post-apocolyptic Hawaii, warring tribes do battle amongst the ruins of humanity.
5:10PM on 07/26/2012
Visually, this looks amazing and I wouldnt expect anything less from the Wachowski's. However, I guess I have to be a fan of the book to really "get" the excitement from this very lengthy trailer. Sorry, but I'm not buying what they're selling because frankly, I have no interest in any of these characters or what they will do (or are trying to do-- whatever that is). Clearly, the story is meant to be complex and ambitious but a trailer is meant to sell me the desire to see a film and this
Visually, this looks amazing and I wouldnt expect anything less from the Wachowski's. However, I guess I have to be a fan of the book to really "get" the excitement from this very lengthy trailer. Sorry, but I'm not buying what they're selling because frankly, I have no interest in any of these characters or what they will do (or are trying to do-- whatever that is). Clearly, the story is meant to be complex and ambitious but a trailer is meant to sell me the desire to see a film and this failed miserably. Again, MAYBE if I was familiar with the source material I'd be pumped but until then this looks like [link] version of "Crash". Just a large list of big names whose separate lives somehow intertwine leading into a climatic conclusion.
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4:43PM on 07/26/2012

Seems...different!

Why do directors now put a list of the cast in the end of the trailer? I guess is for international audiences that dont identify those same names in the trailer itself...anyone has a different opinion?
Why do directors now put a list of the cast in the end of the trailer? I guess is for international audiences that dont identify those same names in the trailer itself...anyone has a different opinion?
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4:26PM on 07/26/2012

Wow...

I don't know if maybe I'm just a sucker for these kinds of movies... But this just looks incredible! I sincerely hope it isn't a flop because I want to love this movie! I've always liked these kinds of movies about the journeys of life though, from a thematic standpoint. This is easily one of my most anticipated now.
I don't know if maybe I'm just a sucker for these kinds of movies... But this just looks incredible! I sincerely hope it isn't a flop because I want to love this movie! I've always liked these kinds of movies about the journeys of life though, from a thematic standpoint. This is easily one of my most anticipated now.
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4:07PM on 07/26/2012

Incredible!

That trailer is one of the best movies I've ever seen.
That trailer is one of the best movies I've ever seen.
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4:04PM on 07/26/2012

Incredible!

That trailer is one of the best movies I've ever seen.
That trailer is one of the best movies I've ever seen.
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4:02PM on 07/26/2012

Incredible!

That trailer is one of the best movies I've ever seen.
That trailer is one of the best movies I've ever seen.
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3:47PM on 07/26/2012
Glad to see I'm not the only one who wants to see this weird ass movie. ...And I'm probably going to like it... and yup, even understand it.
Glad to see I'm not the only one who wants to see this weird ass movie. ...And I'm probably going to like it... and yup, even understand it.
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3:39PM on 07/26/2012
This trailer continues to blow my mind over and over again. It just shot up into my top most anticipated for the rest of 2012.
This trailer continues to blow my mind over and over again. It just shot up into my top most anticipated for the rest of 2012.
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3:22PM on 07/26/2012
The sci-fi elements looks great, but the movie does look a little boring. I hope I'm wrong about the boring part, because I love great sci-fi epics.
The sci-fi elements looks great, but the movie does look a little boring. I hope I'm wrong about the boring part, because I love great sci-fi epics.
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4:04PM on 07/26/2012
Boring? Are you friggin' kidding me?!!! That looks incredible! Go back to sleep.
Boring? Are you friggin' kidding me?!!! That looks incredible! Go back to sleep.
2:45PM on 07/26/2012
First "Life of Pi" now this? Two of the most amazing trailers I've ever seen in two days. I think the rest of this year is going to be great for movie fans.
First "Life of Pi" now this? Two of the most amazing trailers I've ever seen in two days. I think the rest of this year is going to be great for movie fans.
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2:41PM on 07/26/2012

eh...

First off its annoying that it takes 6 minutes to show you what this film is about and secondly it was so boring that I could barely finish it. Well see how it turns out but right now it has none of my attention after seeing that.
First off its annoying that it takes 6 minutes to show you what this film is about and secondly it was so boring that I could barely finish it. Well see how it turns out but right now it has none of my attention after seeing that.
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2:48PM on 07/26/2012
Wow, you're so daring and original for hating something that everyone else likes... I realize that all this stuff is subjective, but if you were bored during that trailer then you're most likely dead inside. Might want to have that looked at.
Wow, you're so daring and original for hating something that everyone else likes... I realize that all this stuff is subjective, but if you were bored during that trailer then you're most likely dead inside. Might want to have that looked at.
11:13PM on 07/26/2012
I'm with you on this one pulpfictionfan1. Boring, and absolutely no interest in watching the film at this point.

@ccapel, since when were you the ambassador of "something that everyone else likes"? Just because you're a fan of wachowski's, cloud atlas, tom hanks or whatever doesnt necessarily mean that the rest of the world feels the same. First time I've ever seen a trailer that was so long that it DIDNT somehow peak my interest in the slightest. True story.
I'm with you on this one pulpfictionfan1. Boring, and absolutely no interest in watching the film at this point.

@ccapel, since when were you the ambassador of "something that everyone else likes"? Just because you're a fan of wachowski's, cloud atlas, tom hanks or whatever doesnt necessarily mean that the rest of the world feels the same. First time I've ever seen a trailer that was so long that it DIDNT somehow peak my interest in the slightest. True story.
4:41AM on 07/27/2012
his "everyone else likes" comment is based on the fact that this is the only red line on this page. if six minutes is too much drama for you, just stop watching.
his "everyone else likes" comment is based on the fact that this is the only red line on this page. if six minutes is too much drama for you, just stop watching.
2:28PM on 07/26/2012

WOW

EPIC. BEAUTIFUL. STUNNING. DARING.

thats all.
EPIC. BEAUTIFUL. STUNNING. DARING.

thats all.
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2:04PM on 07/26/2012
Unreal. A bit too early to say for sure, but it looks like so much time and care was put into this film. Not a single fx shot didn't look amazingly polished. And some of the performances look so great. Seems like they intentionally kept this under wraps as well, and waited for the hype of comic con to die down before surprising everyone with this.

The October release date gave me an enormous erection as well...
Unreal. A bit too early to say for sure, but it looks like so much time and care was put into this film. Not a single fx shot didn't look amazingly polished. And some of the performances look so great. Seems like they intentionally kept this under wraps as well, and waited for the hype of comic con to die down before surprising everyone with this.

The October release date gave me an enormous erection as well...
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1:59PM on 07/26/2012

This.. looks... Epic!

Any doubts i had have been kicked to the side. Tom Tykwer's visual style really shines here!
Any doubts i had have been kicked to the side. Tom Tykwer's visual style really shines here!
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12:26PM on 07/26/2012
That looked absolutely unbelievable. The Wachowskis and Tom Tykwer seem to have taken on something absolutely burgeoning - the scope, the scale, the ambition seems really off the charts It's a long trailer but I definitely want to see more of this. It seems to cover every genre, every time period, packed with symbolism and philosophy in addition to spectacle and seems so enveloping - I wonder how they'll wrangle and rein the story in to have it be cohesive and make sense, because it feels a
That looked absolutely unbelievable. The Wachowskis and Tom Tykwer seem to have taken on something absolutely burgeoning - the scope, the scale, the ambition seems really off the charts It's a long trailer but I definitely want to see more of this. It seems to cover every genre, every time period, packed with symbolism and philosophy in addition to spectacle and seems so enveloping - I wonder how they'll wrangle and rein the story in to have it be cohesive and make sense, because it feels a little episodic or like an anthology. I remember hearing that this has a really long running time as well. I can't believe it's coming out so soon, there seemed to be relatively little publicity or hype for this film in comparison to some of the big releases of the year. In terms of scale alone (can't speak for story or quality yet), this looks like it dwarfs The Dark Knight Rises, and that was a huge movie! Definitely looking forward to this.
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12:15PM on 07/26/2012

hmmm

Matrix version 10.2.3 "LSD Time Travel Extravaganza"
Matrix version 10.2.3 "LSD Time Travel Extravaganza"
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10:26AM on 07/26/2012
Well this looks trippy as hell.
Well this looks trippy as hell.
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10:10AM on 07/26/2012
It just seems like so much to cram into a single, even 3 hr movie. This will be either be a masterpiece or a terrible failure. The visuals looking stunning, I just hope the writing matches otherwise this will fizzle fast.
It just seems like so much to cram into a single, even 3 hr movie. This will be either be a masterpiece or a terrible failure. The visuals looking stunning, I just hope the writing matches otherwise this will fizzle fast.
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9:55AM on 07/26/2012

song at the end?

anyone know what song it is that they play during the last couple minutes of the trailer?
anyone know what song it is that they play during the last couple minutes of the trailer?
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12:39PM on 07/26/2012
"Outro" by M83 off their Hurry Up, We're dreaming album! Amazing song and amazing album!
"Outro" by M83 off their Hurry Up, We're dreaming album! Amazing song and amazing album!
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9:51AM on 07/26/2012

Aronofsky's...

...The Fountain came to mind, except its way more ambitious and a way bigger budget. So far the visuals are stunning and the cast is huge. It will be a delicate balancing act to push the plot and carry all of these characters through time and maintain a cohesive narrative without too much confusion. It will also have to be like 3 hours long. Looking forward to seeing more from this. Hope its as at least as good as the trailer.
...The Fountain came to mind, except its way more ambitious and a way bigger budget. So far the visuals are stunning and the cast is huge. It will be a delicate balancing act to push the plot and carry all of these characters through time and maintain a cohesive narrative without too much confusion. It will also have to be like 3 hours long. Looking forward to seeing more from this. Hope its as at least as good as the trailer.
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3:52PM on 07/26/2012
Yeah, it does look like this movie was influenced by The Fountain.
Yeah, it does look like this movie was influenced by The Fountain.
9:03AM on 07/26/2012
The 5-minute trailer was unfucking real. I can't believe they didn't showcase it at Comic-Con. So awesome to see Hanks in a role like this as well.
The 5-minute trailer was unfucking real. I can't believe they didn't showcase it at Comic-Con. So awesome to see Hanks in a role like this as well.
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8:48AM on 07/26/2012
There's a five-minute trailer online as well (which I see you do have in your trailer section, but not as a main article).

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There's a five-minute trailer online as well (which I see you do have in your trailer section, but not as a main article).

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8:46AM on 07/26/2012
Love that second photo
Love that second photo
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