NJ.com Mark Maurer / The Star-Ledger July 26, 2012
There are three directors behind “Cloud Atlas.” There’s also an ensemble of actors playing multiple roles in six interlocking stories spanning both centuries and genres.
Therefore, it comes as no surprise that the trailer for such an ambitious project would be three times the average length.
Collectively written and directed byAndy and Lana Wachowski (the “Matrix” trilogy) and Tom Tykwer (“Run Lola Run”), the film seeks to make cinematic sense of David Mitchell’s sprawling 2004 novel. The cast includes Tom Hanks, Halle Berry, Hugh Grant, Susan Sarandon, Hugo Weaving, Doona Bae, Ben Whishaw and Jim Broadbent.
Each of the stories involve the same souls (portrayed by the same actors), which have been reincarnated from era to era.
“There is a natural order to this world, and those who try to upend it do not fare well,” says Weaving’s character.
A six-minute glimpse of “Cloud Atlas,” due in theaters Oct. 26, is embedded below.