I recently saw the trailer for the upcoming movie,Cloud Atlas, and I knew the moment the five-minute clip was over that I needed to be the first person in line for a ticket on October 26.
The film is directed by Andy Wachowski, Lana Wachowski (The Matrix Trilogy), and Tom Tykwer(Run Lola Run). Its all-star list of actors include Tom Hanks, Halle Berry, Jim Broadbent, Hugo Weaving, Jim Sturgess, Doona Bae, Ben Whishaw, James D’Arcy, Xun Zhou, Keith David, David Gyasi, Susan Sarandon, and Hugh Grant.
Cloud Atlas explores how the actions and consequences of individual lives impact one another throughout the past, the present and the future. Action, mystery and romance weave dramatically through the story as one soul is shaped from a killer into a hero and a single act of kindness ripples across centuries to inspire a revolution in the distant future.
But before I venture to the theatre next month to watch possibly the most thought-provoking and creative movie of this fall, I need to read the 528 page virtuosic novel first.
First stop… Amazon.
The 2004 novel by British author David Mitchell, consists of six nested stories that take the reader from the remote South Pacific in the nineteenth century to a distant, post-apocalyptic future. Each tale is revealed to be a story that is read (or observed) by the main character in the next. All stories but the last are interrupted at some moment, and after the sixth story concludes at the center of the book, the novel “goes back” in time, “closing” each story as the book progresses in terms of pages but regresses in terms of the historical period in which the action takes place. Eventually, readers end where they started, with Adam Ewing in the Pacific Ocean, circa 1850.
I’ve already ordered the paperback from Amazon. So I can count on Cloud Atlas to be my weekend read this upcoming weekend. (Link below)
Also available on Kindle.
In closing, I am overjoyed to read this innovative novel and look forward to the upcoming adaptation that I am confident the team of directors will nail the authenticity and true essence of David Mitchell’s post-modern vision.
Hope to see you in line!
Check out the movie trailer!
Also check out what Collider.com has to say about the much anticipated movie!