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08.13.2012

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CLOUD ATLAS is a-comin', and if these (very) advance reviews are any indication then we're going to be very glad of that fact come its release on October 26th.

Before we get on with the bits and pieces from various responses, here's a comment that seems to sum up the general feeling about the film: "It's wild and ambitious and very funny (Broadbent is amazing), and for a movie that switches genre every few minutes, it's smooth, swift, and always entertaining... It's a wild ride. Mixes different genres together like some crazy magic potion." 

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And now for a selection of response excerpts:

~ @BHirschberger I was lucky enough to view a test screening of Cloud Atlas in Pasadena a little while back. Everyone NEEDS to go see this movie.

~ Saw #cloudatlas tonight @mickeybeans One of the best, most unique films I've seen in years! The audience loved it! @mrjimsturgess is superb.

~ @ArcaneMovieTees Saw #cloudatlas last night. Was really good. Great storytelling and some fantastic acting!

~ @Jon_young Just seen test screening of Cloud Atlas - not the final version but looks like they’ve done a surprisingly good job of adapting it.

~ I have to say that this film totally blew me away! Leave it to the very creative and innovative Wachowski's and Tom Tykwer to make this complex book into a GREAT film.. .According to my watch, the film ran 2hrs. 50min. but you would never know it because time just flew by. Cloud Atlas has it all... action, adventure, romance, humor, and several very touching moments. It captures every emotion imaginable and keeps you on the edge of your seat throughout. I can honestly say it's one of the best films I've seen in years and definitely like nothing I've ever seen before! And the rest of the audience also seemed to love the film... there was long and loud applause after the film and lots of positive chatter going on around me. I can't wait for each and every one of you to see it!!!

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Now it's of course not all rainbows and roses.  But even the people willing to criticize aspects of the movie still seemed inspired to do it in a pretty positive context, which is always encouraging:

~ Saw cloud atlas last night at their first test screening. I sat directly behind the wachowskis and even managed to strike up a conversation. Very cool people. The movie was over 3 hours and it did tend to drag a little. there were 5 different stories going at once so it was a little confusing for the first hour. The editing needs to be reworked., once that is done then that movie will be amazing. Tom hanks was good as well as halls berry. Hugo weaving rocked it and hugh grant was actually pretty cool.

~ The movie was over 3 hours and it did tend to drag a little. there were 5 different stories going at once so it was a little confusing for the first hour. The editing needs to be reworked, once that is done then that movie will be amazing. Tom hanks was good as well as halls berry. Hugo weaving rocked it and hugh grant was actually pretty cool.

~ I saw an early screening of this a few months back and all I have to say is it was one hot convoluted mess. My favorite part was the lights coming on at the end.

And now, to wrap it all up I leave you with this, a comment that may very well be a turn on for some or a put-off for others:

~ This isn't going to be a major Oscar player, I don't think. It would require near-unanimous critical praise--which it won't get--and massive box office--which seems unlikely. If it's a player, it will probably mostly be for the techs and maybe the elliptically beautiful screenplay. I have a hard time seeing much of anything else. But I don't really care. I'm glad this movie exists, and I hope the studio doesn't f*** it up too much thanks to test screening results. This is a delicate thing, and even the slightest of changes could make it all fall apart. But for a certain type of filmgoer, this is going to be a real treat indeed, and a reminder that American film can still do ambitious as well as anybody else (just so long as it's primarily financed by foreigners).

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Extra Tidbit: For fans of the book, you should know it's been observed that CLOUD ATLAS "doesn't follow the narrative structure of the book, which becomes obvious from the first shot of an old Tom Hanks as Zakry. Instead, it criss-crosses constantly across the 6 stories."

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12:03PM on 08/14/2012
I think theres a double post comment in one of those negative reactions.
I think theres a double post comment in one of those negative reactions.
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1:19AM on 08/14/2012
I'm glad for all this good news. Film looks amazing, if a bit incoherent. Once again, I hope this does well and proves to be an amazing experience. A game changer even. The Wachowskis have shown their ability to craft something the likes of which audiences haven't really seen before (The Matrix), so if they can do it again here, I think it could give them the kind of recognition they deserve.
I'm glad for all this good news. Film looks amazing, if a bit incoherent. Once again, I hope this does well and proves to be an amazing experience. A game changer even. The Wachowskis have shown their ability to craft something the likes of which audiences haven't really seen before (The Matrix), so if they can do it again here, I think it could give them the kind of recognition they deserve.
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12:00AM on 08/14/2012

wow

I've attended both screenings. At the end, everybody applauded, me included.
The film is so original, rock-solid interpreted with perfect rythm, it has incredible sci-fi / philosopic / religious concepts and a very good script behind. It's so so amazing that I can say it's , simply, one of the best films I've EVER seen. Lot's of action, humor, drama, adventures, inteligent dialogs, amazing FX and camera placement, collosal makeup and photography, an epic history...
If you have read the book
I've attended both screenings. At the end, everybody applauded, me included.
The film is so original, rock-solid interpreted with perfect rythm, it has incredible sci-fi / philosopic / religious concepts and a very good script behind. It's so so amazing that I can say it's , simply, one of the best films I've EVER seen. Lot's of action, humor, drama, adventures, inteligent dialogs, amazing FX and camera placement, collosal makeup and photography, an epic history...
If you have read the book I can tell you also the directors did an excellent job simplifying and following the original script. Very, very , very good and solid movie. I'm pretty sure the audience will put it at the top #3 of the box-office ever.
AWESOME film, I have no words to describe it, honestly. The Wachoskis returned with another MASTERPIECE, they can be very proud of it.
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1:50AM on 08/14/2012
great to hear and I am absolutely stoked for this movie, but I feel it's going to go largely unnoticed and probably even bomb at the box office -- even if it is great.
great to hear and I am absolutely stoked for this movie, but I feel it's going to go largely unnoticed and probably even bomb at the box office -- even if it is great.
7:39PM on 08/13/2012

Disavow all twitter reactions

"But for a certain type of filmgoer, this is going to be a real treat indeed, and a reminder that American film can still do ambitious as well as anybody else (just so long as it's primarily financed by foreigners)."

Just for this, I'm considering all these reactions null and void. When someone has to throw something so pointless and racist in at the end of an otherwise objective analysis, it negates any validity this person had.
"But for a certain type of filmgoer, this is going to be a real treat indeed, and a reminder that American film can still do ambitious as well as anybody else (just so long as it's primarily financed by foreigners)."

Just for this, I'm considering all these reactions null and void. When someone has to throw something so pointless and racist in at the end of an otherwise objective analysis, it negates any validity this person had.
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9:25PM on 08/13/2012
American is a race now?
American is a race now?
9:46PM on 08/13/2012
What's racist about it? The film is primarily financed by foreign investors. American studios don't like to take risks. What else is new?
What's racist about it? The film is primarily financed by foreign investors. American studios don't like to take risks. What else is new?
9:57PM on 08/13/2012
Be more than your conditioning. It WAS technically financed primarily by people outside of America. I'm a foreigner btw :P

Racist? I'm also white, dude.

For someone with The Dude as their avatar you're acting very undude like.
Be more than your conditioning. It WAS technically financed primarily by people outside of America. I'm a foreigner btw :P

Racist? I'm also white, dude.

For someone with The Dude as their avatar you're acting very undude like.
12:34AM on 08/14/2012
i don't listen to racist people...especially those who don't even know how to use the term correctly.
i don't listen to racist people...especially those who don't even know how to use the term correctly.
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5:53PM on 08/13/2012

looks amazing

this is the kind of movie I've been waiting for, thank you Wachowskis and Tykwer!!
So excited to see this!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
this is the kind of movie I've been waiting for, thank you Wachowskis and Tykwer!!
So excited to see this!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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1:57PM on 08/13/2012
Can't wait to see just how they pull this off - the trailer just completely knocked me out by how ambitious and well-crafted it looked, and it's good to hear that the multiple genres and interweaving time-jumping plot threads don't drown the film out. Any film that looks like it successfully combines substance and spectacle has my interest!
Can't wait to see just how they pull this off - the trailer just completely knocked me out by how ambitious and well-crafted it looked, and it's good to hear that the multiple genres and interweaving time-jumping plot threads don't drown the film out. Any film that looks like it successfully combines substance and spectacle has my interest!
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12:41PM on 08/13/2012
As a fan of the book, I'm not exactly thrilled to hear they've messed with the book's narrative structure, that was what made it unique: the way in which it told the story. Still staying optimistic though, that 5 minute trailer was impressive, just don't wanna get my hopes up too much only to end up disappointed.
As a fan of the book, I'm not exactly thrilled to hear they've messed with the book's narrative structure, that was what made it unique: the way in which it told the story. Still staying optimistic though, that 5 minute trailer was impressive, just don't wanna get my hopes up too much only to end up disappointed.
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10:28AM on 08/13/2012
Most exciting to see Hugo Weaving steal the show.
Most exciting to see Hugo Weaving steal the show.
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8:51AM on 08/13/2012

No thanks

Tom Hanks and Halle Berry are such a snore. I like Tykwar, but this film looks very bland.
Tom Hanks and Halle Berry are such a snore. I like Tykwar, but this film looks very bland.
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8:49AM on 08/13/2012
This is a relief! I hope they don't chop it down too much (if it needs trimming, that's fine, but don't compromise the story to create a studio-mandated two hour cut).

I haven't read the book, but I've really been looking forward to this for many reasons:

1. The extended trailer they released a few weeks back was superb, a work of art in itself.

2. I wasn't a fan of Speed Racer and the Matrix sequels, so I'm curious to see if the Wachowski siblings can redeem themselves (in my eyes,
This is a relief! I hope they don't chop it down too much (if it needs trimming, that's fine, but don't compromise the story to create a studio-mandated two hour cut).

I haven't read the book, but I've really been looking forward to this for many reasons:

1. The extended trailer they released a few weeks back was superb, a work of art in itself.

2. I wasn't a fan of Speed Racer and the Matrix sequels, so I'm curious to see if the Wachowski siblings can redeem themselves (in my eyes, at least).

3. My girlfriend and I watched Perfume last night (my third time, her first time) and Tom Tykwer is one HELL of a director. Seriously, if you haven't seen Perfume you need to get on that immediately.

Very much on board.

I look forward to its release in South Africa in the year 3434 of the Second Age.
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8:44AM on 08/13/2012
I am intrigued and looking forward to seeing it.
And I have no problem sitting through a 3 hour + film, if the film warrants a long running time then by all means bring it on.
God knows I've sat through some 90 minute features that felt like 5 hours.
I am intrigued and looking forward to seeing it.
And I have no problem sitting through a 3 hour + film, if the film warrants a long running time then by all means bring it on.
God knows I've sat through some 90 minute features that felt like 5 hours.
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