Based on David Mitchell’s 2004 novel and adapted for the screen and directed by Tom Tykwer (Run Lola Run) and Andy Wachowski & Lana Wachowski (The Matrix trilogy), this movie seems epic.  Interweaving six storylines that cover the 1800’s to the post-apocalyptic future, the characters are connected by learning about, reading or watching the story of the character from the previous time period.

The official synopsis for the film is:

An exploration of how the actions of individual lives impact one another in the past, present and future, as one soul is shaped from a killer into a hero, and an act of kindness ripples across centuries to inspire a revolution.

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Bringing this book to the screen was, I’m sure, no small feat.  Lana Wachowski told Aleksandar Hemon of The New Yorker about how they went about adapting this book to the screen by meeting up in Costa Rica to work on it.  She describes how they broke down the book into hundreds of scenes and wrote them on colored note cards, spreading them out and trying to figure out how to bring the book to life.  She also mentions how, on the day that they left Costa Rica, there was a breakthrough and the realization of how to thread the stories together, partly by using the same actors to portray the various characters in the different stories.  Many of the main actors in the film play multiples characters from different stories, regions and times.

“EVERYTHING IS CONNECTED”

Cloud Atlas opens in the US on October 26, 2012 and internationally in early 2013.

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