To describe the upcoming film Cloud Atlas as a massive, convoluted film might be the understatement of the century. Based on a book by David Mitchell, the film is an undertaking by by Lana Wachowski, Tom Tykwer, and Andy Wachowski, who you’ll know from their films The Matrix and Run Lola Run. I think they’ve essentially taken on the gargantuan task of filming a movie that’s quite impossible to make, which in my mind only makes it all the more interesting.
Cloud Atlas is an epic story of humankind in which the actions and consequences of our lives impact one another throughout the past, present and future as one soul is shaped from a murderer into a savior and a single act of kindness ripples out for centuries to inspire a revolution.
It’s a huge, lofty concept for a film, though you could distill it to karma, perhaps. I haven’t looked up much about the film, though I did see one interesting tidbit, that the film is technically six interlocking pieces. Each piece, each story, fits into and shapes the others. My hope is that they’ve figured out how to tell this tale correctly, that it won’t be too much of an abstract effort and that the audience won’t get lost while watching. Even so, you have to give the filmmakers and actors credit for believing in such an ambitious project.
Above is an intro from the directors which gives you an idea of what it took to make the film. It sounds like even for the directors of The Matrix this was an extremely tough sell. And for those curious, the woman speaking is Lana Wachoski, who used to be Larry Wachoski. Lana has transitioned from male to female, and this is really the first time she’s put herself in front of cameras since then. A huge congrats to her.