It may be the six minute run time, but I don’t know if I’ve ever seen so much jammed into a single trailer before as I have with the upcoming film adaption of David Mitchell’s novel Cloud Atlas. There’s so much going on in this preview that the consensus thoughts on the trailer seem to be that this will either be some sort of sprawling masterpiece or great big disaster. Admittedly, my first impression is that it sort of looks like a fever dream of Terry Gilliam fusing elements of Aronofsky’s The Fountain and Speilberg’s A.I. None of those parties are involved with the film though as this is actually the brainchild of the Wachowskis (The Matrix triolgy) and Tom Tykwer (Run Lola Run).
Here is the synopsis as reported by io9 is:
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 civilisation — 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.
In his captivating third novel, David Mitchell erases the boundaries of language, genre and time to offer a meditation on humanity’s dangerous will to power, and where it may lead us.