Cloud Atlas

Cloud Atlas

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Cloud Atlas review

Film description

The Matrix-creating Wachowski siblings are bringing to our screens another complex, mind-blowing film.

The Wachowskis, alongside co-director Tom Twyker (Run Lola Run), have scripted this ambitious adaptation of the critically acclaimed novel of the same name by David Mitchell.

Cloud Atlas follows a collection of characters whose lives are interconnected despite their separation in time and place. The film consists of different narrative strands set in different eras and regions ranging from the 19th Century to the futuristic skyline in 2044. Attempting to tell this convoluted story using the same continuity methods as the book, the film version has intriguingly cast some actors in multiple roles. 

There will be six story strands which will feature a tribe living in post-apocalyptic Hawaii, rebellious fabricants (clones) in the futuristic cityscape of Seoul, a high-powered journalist, a thriller involving a murder at a nuclear power plant, the letters from an disinherited composer to his friend and the diary of an 1849 voyage across the Pacific ocean.

With such an array of different places and times, this time-spanning epic offers the team of directors a freedom from generic constraints, as they are able to mix thriller with sci-fi with action and history.

With a spectacular visual approach in place, juxtaposing luscious jungles with a metallic futuristic skyline, this film looks to be stunning and has a vast stellar cast to add to the mix. With the likes of Hugh Grant, Tom Hanks, Halle Berry, Jim Broadbent, Susan Sarandon, Hugo Weaving, Ben Whishaw, Hugh Grant and Jim Sturgess.

Cloud Atlas is set to open in the UK in October with a specific date still to be confirmed. Is it high up on your most-anticipated list? Drop us a comment below!

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Release Dates

UK Cinema release
February 22nd 2013
UK Blu-ray release
July 1st 2013
US Cinema release
October 26th 2012

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