Epic all-star adventure Cloud Atlas
OM Hanks, Halle Berry and their cast mates have put in some serious overtime on their genrebending film Cloud Atlas.
Hanks, Berry and their co-stars play as many as half a dozen different characters in the epic tale, which stretches across centuries from the mid1800s to the distant future.
Directors Andy and Lana Wachowski and Tom Tykwer credit the cast with bringing the epic adaptation of David Mitchell’s novel to life.
‘‘The real courage that this film demanded was from the actors,’’ Lana Wachowski says.
‘‘There are very few movies that ask as much as we asked of the actors.’’
The film also stars Jim Broadbent, Susan Sarandon, Hugh Grant, Hugo Weaving, Jim Sturgess, Ben Whishaw and Doona Bae.
The action flits from a Pacific sea voyage in 1849 to a revolution in the making in the 22nd century to a post-apocalyptic land beset by savages. Hanks’ characters range from a greedy 19th century doctor combing a beach for human teeth discarded by cannibals to a modern British thug-turned-author and a simple tribesman learning the dark truth of human history centuries from now.
Berry’s roles include a journalist uncovering a nuclear power conspiracy, an elderly composer’s adulterous wife and a woman leading the remnants of earth-bound humanity to a new home.
The film is a jumble of genres, with fast-paced action akin to the Wachowski siblings’ The Matrix movies and Tykwer’s Run Lola Run, blending tones and styles from period drama and crime thriller to slapstick comedy and visual-effects spectacle.
Sturgess says the project was so unique, it felt like everyone was making their first film.
‘‘It really felt like everyone was making their very first film for the first time because none of us had made a film like this before,’’ he says.
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