With the release of Cloud Atlas, the new epic from The Wachowskis and Tom Tykwer, getting ever closer, we’ve been getting more and more marketing material for the film. Merely a few days ago, we got a look at seven beautiful banners and two TV spots that did a great job of showing us the multiple time periods that the film takes place in.
Today, thanks to The Film Stage, we have the first clip from the film which features Tom Hanks in several of these time periods.
The clip also begins to show you how the movie is structured. I mentioned a while back that the screenplay does a lot of jumping around between the six different stories, which is something we see a lot of here. At the start of the film, it will no doubt be confusing for some, but after awhile, when you’ve bounced between the stories for long enough, it becomes much less disorienting as you learn who all the major characters are.
I should probably issue a bit of a spoiler warning for the clip as well as it shows the fate of one of the characters in the film, though they aren’t particularly important, but just be aware that a minor surprise is ruined.
For those not familiar with the film, here’s the official synopsis:
“Cloud Atlas” 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.
Cloud Atlas arrives in theaters on October 26th.
Check out the clip below and let us know what you think in the comments.