Phenomenal 5 Minute 'Cloud Atlas' Trailer + Huge New Photo Gallery

July 26, 2012
Source: Apple

Cloud Atlas Trailer

"Yesterday, my life was headed in one direction. Today, it is headed in another." Here we go. This looks utterly phenomenal. An international trailer for the Wachowskis & Tom Tykwer's Cloud Atlas that runs a full 5 minutes has debuted at Mtime, and while it may not be approved for our viewing, it looks so insanely good I'm saying screw the movie studios, this needs to be seen! Cloud Atlas is the vast, ambitious, epic adaptation spanning six storylines and six worlds millennia apart that we've been hyping up for a while. There's a batch of nearly 20 photos that also debuted, but they don't even begin to compare to the sheer beauty and magnitude of this trailer. Wow. This is the kind of stunning cinema I have been truly waiting for.

You can now view this full 5-minute trailer in high def on Apple! We've now embedded the HQ version.

Here's the first 5-minute official trailer for the Wachowskis & Tom Tykwer's Cloud Atlas, via Apple:

In case that trailer gets pulled, here are the photos, first revealed on sites like RopeofSilicon and Bleeding Cool. They originally came from some Warner Bros widget with a slideshow, also linking to their Facebook. They highlight the Cloud Atlas cast: Tom Hanks, Halle Berry, Hugo Weaving, Jim Sturgess, Susan Sarandon, Hugh Grant, Ben Whishaw, Keith David, Jim Broadbent, James D'Arcy, Doona Bae.

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I am totally losing my shit over Cloud Atlas, it looks so unbelievably good, everything about it. Cannot wait!

Cloud Atlas is the ambitious adaptation of David Mitchell's novel, co-written/directed by Andy and Lana Wachowski (Bound, The Matrix, Speed Racer) and Tom Tykwer (Run Lola Run, The International), that features six century-spanning storylines, all using the same actors playing characters across time and space. The film 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. Warner Bros has Cloud Atlas set for release on October 26th. Thoughts?

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Reader Feedback - 129 Comments


WOW. Nothing else to add.

Buzzfunk on Jul 26, 2012


Indeed. Well I'll add that it damn near brought a tear to my eyes. Looks better than I'd imagine after reading the book but shouldn't be surprised coming from the Wachowski siblings

rocky728 on Jul 26, 2012


That looks INCREDIBLE!

Roebot Films on Jul 26, 2012


I have NO clue what the movie will be about, but... but... that was INCREDIBLE!

Mithun Divakaran on Jul 26, 2012


the book is very sophisticated and i see the movie is so as well

cellchild on Jul 26, 2012


How the Heck are they going to fit all of that into 1 movie? Looks almost like one of those 'year in cinema' recap videos.

JohnIGottschalk on Jul 26, 2012



Buzzfunk on Jul 26, 2012


anyone know the running time?

Ayotunde Afolabi on Aug 1, 2012


164 min

cool on Aug 3, 2012


OMG.. this looks truly epic.. cant w8 :O

JB on Jul 26, 2012


Congratulations to the Warner Bros. marketing department for an epic trailer. Now try to convey the same ideas and themes in a 30 second TV spot!

Liam on Jul 26, 2012


More like congrats of showing 5 minutes yet it seems to not give anything away. Ridley scott are you seeing this?

Buzzfunk on Jul 26, 2012


This trailer is one of the best short-films I've seen.. If the full movie brings that same feel then it's going to be a triumphant return for these fellas.. Also I was totally expecting a Speed Racer MKII.

Heci on Jul 26, 2012


Best Picture and Screenplay written all over it. Will have to watch how the Wachowskis weave together the multi layers and the characters.

P on Jul 26, 2012


WOW is a complete understatement. More like GAWDAYUMN!!!! This looks waaayyy better than anything I imagined, Im so psyched to watch this! ๐Ÿ˜€

LosZombies on Jul 26, 2012


MIND = BLOWN. Sensory overload. I'm not even sure how the hell to describe what I just saw. This looks like the most ambitious movie I've ever seen.

RobOh on Jul 26, 2012


Surely this is too much to cram into one movie. It can't be good, can it?

Richie G on Jul 26, 2012


Who the hell knows, the movie isn't out yet, only one way to find out. ๐Ÿ˜‰

Billdus on Aug 6, 2012


We need a release date. LOOKS AWESOME

BoxOfficeFuture on Jul 26, 2012


We have one! October 26th in the US, premiering at TIFF in September. Can't wait.

Alex Billington on Jul 26, 2012


That's why you guys are the best in the business when it comes to movies!!

BoxOfficeFuture on Jul 26, 2012


Feels as if you know and have felt everything Tom Hanks was speaking somewhere or the other in our lives and yet this looks so new and imaginative. Wachowskis have always been special and each frame and the dialog speaks a lot of what they canned for the film. Looks promising and I would love to watch it. Damn, time to wait for my future to happen. Fast!

Prudhvi on Jul 26, 2012


I have read the book and it is an over hyped and very loosely connected stories with almost no link or superficial link at best. In my opinion it doesn't make for a very strong material for a movie.

Skay on Jul 26, 2012


Like other humans here, have trust in Wachowskis my dear and sleep well.

Prudhvi on Jul 26, 2012


Why do you talk about W bro-sista only? It is 50% of Tykwer movie and I think he is better filmmaker and have stronger credits in the past.

Alexey Lazarenko on Jul 26, 2012


Might want to read it again....

matt mullins on Jul 26, 2012


You obviously completely missed the whole point of the book...

Tesla's Cat on Jul 26, 2012


I have watched this trailer. I know not what it means. But my word, it is GLORIOUS.

Ganaesh Devaraj on Jul 26, 2012


I loved the book and had high hopes for the movie but this... this blows anything I could have dreamed for out of the water. I am so unbelievably excited I might just pee.

Alex on Jul 26, 2012


THAT WAS FREAKING AMAZING. I can't believe they did so much with $100 million budget. My new most anticipated film of the year.

Sean on Jul 26, 2012


WOW!!! Insane!!! TIFF needs to start NOW!!!!

Diego Turro on Jul 26, 2012


Awesome? Really? Seems like a bunch of pretentious talking heads. Meh.

guess on Jul 26, 2012


Where is Mr.Anderson? Also ,this looks intriguing.

Agent Smith on Jul 26, 2012


Awh I HATE when the trailer gives away the whole story... Yeah no, I'm kidding. I have no idea what I just saw or how that was an add for one movie, but I'm intrigued

Richie G on Jul 26, 2012


5 minutes and I'm still not sure what I just watched. It looks like a real mish mash of characters and events, I hope they pull it off because at the moment it all seems to clash a little.

dom on Jul 26, 2012


agreed - so much of it seemed like a music video - with quick images of people and stuff breaking.....

beevis on Jul 26, 2012


dudes , Cause it's a TRAILER !! don't have time to tell YOU the whole story . Challenge yourself sometime ! look carefully and you'll see the different timelines . Almost didn't recognize Hanks when he's looking like Philip Seymour Hoffman , realizing he knows Halle .....

Dominic A on Jul 27, 2012


i don't have to look close to see different timelines.....that was VERY obvious. i'm not trying to be insulting, but much of it seemed like an enigma video.

beevis on Jul 27, 2012


A great comeback of one of the best hollywood visionaries

dawko on Jul 26, 2012


Looks like they are on the right track, but hitting the reincarnation theme pretty heavily over the head, whereas I preferred Mitchell's lighter touch. Still, can't wait, and thanks tons for the trailer!!!

matt mullins on Jul 26, 2012


I agree somewhat. But at the same time I can see them making the connections a little more obvious so the audience can grasp some of the more ambiguous themes. Hey I read it once and I'm halfway through it on my second reading to try and better understand some of the more vague and subtle connections. I'm not the sharpest but not the dullest tool in the shed either ;),

rocky728 on Jul 26, 2012


I'm exactly the same place - halfway through the 2nd time! Even better...Mitchell is fantastic. And maybe the themes, spread out over 2.5 hrs, will not feel so "Hey! look at this!" Maybe they just all got jammed into the trailer to make the point quickly (if a 5-minute trailer can be called quick.)

Debra Kakos on Jul 26, 2012


There is no reincarnation in the film

Linkfx on Jul 26, 2012


What's the music in the second half of the trailer? It's beautiful

JohnnyS on Jul 26, 2012


M83 - Outro

Jeff Metzger on Jul 26, 2012



Reznik on Jul 26, 2012


Hugh Grant, there's a name I haven't heard in a while.

bat0u on Jul 26, 2012


Also, 5 min trailer = 5hr movie? I'm having a hard time imagining them fitting all this in 2 or even 3 hrs.

bat0u on Jul 26, 2012


It'll be 2 hours 44 minutes.

Liam on Jul 26, 2012


what is the name of this song?amazing

nickolas on Jul 26, 2012


m83 - outro

Alexey Lazarenko on Jul 26, 2012


M83- outro. All of M83's music is this good or better

Linkfx on Jul 26, 2012


I'm gonna wait for the HD version on Apple. I'd rather see an epic trailer in good quality than like this. Can't wait though.

David Diaz on Jul 26, 2012


Same, the quality is terrible for what sounds like terrific footage.

mmmmmm on Jul 26, 2012


the way the book is cuz I read it is it begins in the pacific in like the 1860s with the dying lawyer on his way to san Francisco from the Pacific. The movie, like I think the book is, will portray a portion of that story midway before leaping into the next story that is intertwined with the first story ala 1 -> 2. It is the same way for the rest till the last story which is in a post apcolyptic world. The post ap world is told all teh way through before trickling back down all the way to finish the conclusions of all the stories. Easier to under stand is the first 5 are succession at the midpoints of hte their story with the 6 fully told and then descend down to conclude. Storyline 1->2->3->4->5->6<-5<-4<-3<-2<-1....its a very complicated book to read but very good

steve on Jul 26, 2012


It is absolutely different editing in the movie than in the book and it works great!

Alexey Lazarenko on Jul 26, 2012


Nope. The movie will go 12345-12345-12345...

Joe Parham on Jul 27, 2012


I'm in!

TerraTrader on Jul 26, 2012


Undeniably great visuals! I will see it simply for the ambition of the project alone. But if the script is filled with the expositional and pandering pseudo-philosophical drivel heard in this trailer it may be an ambitious wreck. Good sci-fi is subtle with its themes and doesn't need to bludgeon you with the ham-fisted monologues to make you get its "point." Ugh. Matrix 2 and 3 anyone? The Wachowski's should outsource their scripts to others, they lack nuance.

drew on Jul 26, 2012


I would not call it pseudo-philosophical. It says some really important things in a language you have to use to be understood by general movie audience. I would call it popcorn-philosophy but why to complecate things. Life is easy)))

Alexey Lazarenko on Jul 26, 2012


Hold it, Hugh Grant acting in something that's NOT a RomCom? Is this real.

Jessie Begum on Jul 26, 2012


Check the trailer, he's the barbarian killing people near the end!!

Isaiah Gilliland on Aug 5, 2012


No idea what the hell I just watched, but I am totally on board.

Jay on Jul 26, 2012


Truly the best trailer I've seen all year! Wow!!!

Nate on Jul 26, 2012


It looks like a faithful rendering of the book - overwrought, convoluted and ultimately forgettable.

Joe Aguirre on Jul 26, 2012


Is it just me or is Halle Berry one of the worst actresses ever? Evren on the trailer she looks bad. It's really hard to get a grip on this even after 5 minutes. Could be great or could suck...

ff on Jul 26, 2012


From what I've seen, it looks like an ambitious attempt to deal with the last great mystery: Death. I'm in.

Quanah on Jul 26, 2012


Reminds me of The Fountain in some respects.

Ali Miller on Jul 26, 2012


Yes. It does.

Quanah on Jul 26, 2012


The Fountain was crap. This is a Redbox rental at best.

Clouteaux on Jul 27, 2012


Isn't one of the stories in Cloud Atlas a novel? I wonder if they'll honour that in the film.

Simon Scott on Jul 26, 2012


I got the impression from the book that Cavendish assumed it was a fictional novel, but only because he didn't know or recall the real-life story of Luisa Rey (it would have been national news, but nearly forty years before his story). In a lot of ways, if each story is just what the next character is seeing/reading, each story might just be an imperfect recollection from one person's perspective.

Sonmi-451 on Aug 23, 2012


Holy crap?!?!

BinaryChaos on Jul 26, 2012


Obviously we are talking about a 9 hours movie, right?... RIGHT??

leinergroove on Jul 26, 2012


2h44 only)))

Alexey Lazarenko on Jul 26, 2012


I really dislike this trend to release long trailers that either show the whole movie or critical scenes. And then there's this, a 5min long trailer, takes some serious balls But I simply could not stop watching !! Breathtaking

Tester on Jul 26, 2012


they simply had no choice to present this movie in different way. It is like 6 films with its own story and acme. Devide its duration by 6 and you'll get 6 ususal teasers)))

Alexey Lazarenko on Jul 26, 2012


Whoa, that was breathtaking, I was actually moved!

tzarinna on Jul 26, 2012


Any way to download this?

Debra Kakos on Jul 26, 2012


Wowโ€ฆthis looks incredible!!! Wachowski Brothers & Tykwer co-directing is a dream team. Its like after all their epic fuckups, the Wachowski Brothers finally realize they need someone to temper their extravagances/indulgences. I love the obvious influences of Japanese Anime... Also, I love that they put Agent Smith in the film...that alone guarantees your film pure awesomeness!!! Ha!!!

Ringo on Jul 26, 2012


Gah!! i can't wait!!!!!

originalcyn on Jul 26, 2012


Looks even better than Waterworld!

Carpola on Jul 26, 2012


Speechless...doesn't happen often...

Gianni Persello on Jul 26, 2012


Everything That Has A Beginning Has An End. Everything is Connected.

Seaegean Ko on Jul 26, 2012


This cast is outrageous.

Risk on Jul 26, 2012


What the hell did I just watch?

Chris Amaya on Jul 26, 2012


To me it looks like an all-you-can-eat buffet - looks good but ends up being a tasteless pile of shit which isn't such a great idea after all.

Not watching it on Jul 26, 2012


I'm glad the Wachowski siblings are taking on such an ambitious film. I'm tired of sequel after sequel to films and additions to their series, so I'm glad that somebody is taking a step forward with something original, and even challenging. I can't wait for this movie to come out.

Coryl on Jul 26, 2012


1st off thank god I waited to see it in HD. You would think a 5min long trailer would be too much, BUT ITS NOT. This is epic on a scale that I have seen seen TDKR. I was bug eye and jaw dropped through at its ambition, and visual spectacles. MIND BLOWN APART. That was truly extraordinary.

mmmmmmmm on Jul 26, 2012


meant to say *seen since

mmmmmm on Jul 26, 2012


Question: If I'm currently reading the book should I watch the trailer? So far I feel like I shouldn't.

Dan W on Jul 26, 2012


No, you should hold out! It's not that the trailer spoils anything but just seeing the casting and the film's vision of the characters can obscure Mitchell's writing which is just awesome. Also for me part of the fun of watching it is that feeling you get of knowing the characters and story having read the book.

JF on Jul 26, 2012


I really liked this movie. I thought it was good the first time I saw it when it was called The Fountain.

Brian Ricci on Jul 26, 2012


That just looked like a mess of scenes that the makers think will be really cool connected by the weakest, most implausible script whose only purpose is to set up the next geek pleasing scene.

Payne by name on Jul 26, 2012


A bit pretentious.. stunning nonetheless.

nzspaceweapons on Jul 26, 2012


Astounding!!! I have to see this!!

Shirley Martin on Jul 26, 2012


Don't/won't use Quicktime? Here's a non Quicktime version of the trailer:

David Banner on Jul 26, 2012


i love the Wachowskis IMO they haven't been involved in bad movie yet. thats right... i loved speed racer and the third matrix

DoomCanoe on Jul 26, 2012


That trailer...was phenomenal. But is it gonna be a 5-hour movie or what? Lol, just seems like a lot to cover. Anticipation is great, looks like my kind of flick. Plus, Tom Hanks in anything makes it better, just kind of impressed he was chosen, and chose to be in, this type of movie.

Sarah W. on Jul 26, 2012


IMDB says "a little over 3 hours"

Robert Frobisher on Jul 27, 2012


even if every visually stunning moment in the movie may or may not have just been shown, i wouldn't give a damn, i am now compelled to see this film

silentamazement on Jul 26, 2012


Looks wonderful! But I have a feeling a lot of people won't comprehend this movie so it may not become a box office hit. Let's face it, there's so many dumb people in the audience out there! ...sign!

The Truth on Jul 26, 2012


Looks wonderful! But I bet a lot of people won't comprehend this movie so it may not become a box office hit. (looks like a big budget with all those movie stars) Let's face it, there's so many dumb people out there. .. sign!

The Truth on Jul 26, 2012


Must be hard being so superior... If the movie ends up incomprehensible, then the film makers have failed at storytelling.

rennmaxbeta on Jul 27, 2012


At 1:53 mark, is that a white guy done up to be an Asian man? FAIL!

Bruce Lee on Jul 27, 2012


The entire movie is filled with actors playing different ages, races and genders.

Sonmi-451 on Aug 23, 2012


Im totally speechless

Cody Wc on Jul 27, 2012


This...this is a joke, right? The composer he helps has syphilis and his wife cheats on him. He doesn't have a mystery lost love! What in god's name is this pap?

thomwong on Jul 27, 2012


I'm so flabbergasted how beautiful this movie looks . .this BETTER be at least 2:30hrs long .

Nvrsleep on Jul 27, 2012


One of the best trailers ever without even being a mega trailer. The only thing that baffles me is that this is a Rated R film, but I saw nothing in the trailer to even warrant it even being Rated PG-13. How much more epic can you get!!!!

Past Present Future on Jul 27, 2012


Wow,I haven't been this impressed by a preview since Inception. This movie looks amazing and the visuals look very impressive. Can't wait for this one.

Thomas on Jul 27, 2012


I hope this lives up the trailer.

eiremeade on Jul 27, 2012



D6 on Jul 27, 2012


How is this movie even rated R? Maybe that's the mystery of the movie itself.

London2012 on Jul 27, 2012


wow, either EPIC, or WAY TOO MUCH.....

Christian Good on Jul 29, 2012


Eat this Cameron, Nolan, Spielberg, Scott, Jackson!

naundob on Jul 29, 2012


That was one of the best trailers I have ever seen, along with the Trailers of, for example, The Tree of Life or The Social Network.

Odessa James on Jul 29, 2012


Ditto, some of the best trailers include, tree of life, social network, inception, LOTRs FOTR, and now the epic Cloud Atlas.

Jackie D on Jul 31, 2012


Finally- collective human consciousness is rising above the oppression imposed by over-inflated ego

George Gallos MD on Aug 5, 2012


Beyond the limited borders we create for ourselves."..a chance to move beyond our limited thinking

Dee kaplan on Aug 6, 2012


Wow... Epic concept.. A new faith to believe in

Turftavern on Aug 6, 2012


I never understood why the Wachowskis ever bothered making a Matrix 2 or 3. The first stood well enough on its own and never needed more. Maybe the money men saw it as a cash cow and demanded more. Who knows. But what I do know is that after seeing the first a friend of mine and I spent a good hour afterwards in the parking lot discussing it, philosophy, religion, science and more. How many movies can do that? V for Vendetta put the uncomfortable, but all too true, issue of totalitarianism front and center. All you had to do was look around today and see that. And now we have a philosophical work spanning centuries that there again begs the questions of life. For your knuckle headed masses they might not "get it" because it isn't linear enough. One can only hope that they do. Five minutes can only give you a foretaste and even that is simply a compressed emotional sales pitch. I can't count the times I've seen more in the trailer than was delivered after I paid admission, but I'd say there is more here, more ambition, and certainly a grander vision, than quite a lot we've been exposed to lately. I can only go by past history and the hope that lays within me.

InnerCynic on Aug 13, 2012


I knew nothing of this book nor movie until a friend of mine who manages a movie theater showed me the trailer and my mind was blown. This movie looks so phenomenal and the story seems so only question is....should I read the book first? Or is this maybe one that the movie will be even more powerful on its own? Anybody have any opinions on that? (As far as my typical leanings are concerned...I read The Hunger Games and 6 of the 7 Harry Potter books before the movies and was very glad I did...and no I'm not a teeny-bopper, I'm 30 haha...just enjoy good story telling) ๐Ÿ™‚

OhioAndrea on Aug 16, 2012


Also I realize none of us have seen the movie yet...but from those who have read the book...compared to this trailer which do you think will be the most enjoyable way to take in the story's unfolding?

OhioAndrea on Aug 16, 2012


I couldn't help but read the book within minutes of seeing the trailer. It's one of the best books I've ever read and I think you should read it first unless you tend to nitpick every change a different version makes. I thought the trailer gave me chills the first time, but after reading the book I was out of my mind excited.

Sonmi-451 on Aug 23, 2012


I've never had a trailer give me goosebumps and stir so much emotion! It was fantastic, hopefully the movie lives up to the trailer.

Jason Margarita on Sep 4, 2012


It does look awesome and I am subsequently going to read the novel before seeing it. I just wish Tom Hanks would retire. I cannot stand his work.

datapanik on Sep 6, 2012


I have great doubts the storylines will connect well enough to make sense out of the movie. I'm so tired of hollywood trying to discover the meaning of life. Existentialism woohoo

HamBUrglar on Sep 11, 2012


I would like to hear your thoughts after seeing the movie.

Kelly on Oct 27, 2012

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