Have you ever watched the trailers for ‘Castaway’, ‘Koyaanisqatsi’, ‘Never Let Me Go’ and ‘AI’ simultaneously, while listening to bland piano-led indie and having Tom Hanks read out passages from Reader’s Digest? No? Well, now’s your chance, with this appropriately epic trailer for the forthcoming adaptation of David Mitchell’s bestselling, time-hopping, globe-spanning novel ‘Cloud Atlas’. Respect is most definitely due to co-directors The Wachowskis (‘The Matrix’ saga) and Tom Tykwer (‘Run Lola Run’) for the jawdropping scope of the piece, which travels from an 18th century trading ship to a distant post-industrial future, via an old folks’ home in rural England and a robot factory in the Far East. But can the whole edifice possibly hang together? From the trailer, it seems as though Mitchell’s underlying themes – human shortsightedness, love, creativity, despair and death – have been placed front-and-centre in an attempt to tie these disparate strands into a coherent whole. We have a strong suspicion that ‘Cloud Atlas’ is going to collapse under the weight of its own soaring ambition – but we’ll be in the front row when it happens nonetheless.
See timeout.com/film for plenty more on the film in advance of its UK release in October.