in theaters Friday
There is no shortage of reasons why Cloud Atlas is the clear front-runner for GFR sci-fi pick of the week. There’s the fact that it marks the return of the Wachowskis to both the big screen and to science fiction as a genre, the first time Andy and Lana have had their names attached (along with Run Lola Run’s Tom Twyker) in more than a producerial role since 2008’s Speed Racer. That film was hardly a rousing success, so the success of Cloud Atlas could herald whether we’re in for a return of the first-Matrix glory days or if they run the risk of pulling a Shyamalan.
And they sure as hell aren’t playing it safe: based on the supposedly “unfilmable” 2004 novel by David Mitchell, Cloud Atlas has enlisted a cast including Tom Hanks, Halle Berry, Jim Broadbent, Hugo Weaving, Susan Sarandon, and Hugh Grant to tell a complex, intertwining narrative that spans across the centuries from past to future and has many of the actors playing multiple roles in different segments. Its not exactly the sort of thing that screams “mainstream appeal,” but it has the potential to be something truly unique and unforgettable. Early word is mixed, but you can bet we’ll be there Friday morning to check it out for ourselves, so be sure to swing by later this week to see what we thought.