13. Cloud Atlas
Directors: Lana Wachowski, Andy Wachowski, Tom Tykwer
Stars: Tom Hanks, Halle Berry, Hugh Grant, Jim Broadbent, Hugo Weaving, Jim Sturgess, James D’Arcy
Release date: October 26
You've got to hand it to filmmakers Andy and Lana Wachowski (The Matrix films) and Tom Tykwer (Run Lola Run): By voluntarily adapting writer David Mitchell's bewildering novel Cloud Atlas, they've bravely made a film that has the potential to either be an amazing visual extravaganza or a colossal clusterfuck. The jury is out on which option seems the most likely, but that kind of fearless ambition certainly warrants serious attention.
Staying true to Mitchell's text, Cloud Atlas jumps around through time and the universe, showing how the smallest of decisions and life choices can have everlasting effects through several different characters played by a committee of actors including Tom Hanks, Halle Berry, and Hugh Grant. So, with that mind, get ready to see Berry as a white woman and Jim Sturgess (21) as an Asian guy, in addition to playing other characters who look like the actors we all know by face. And that's not including the five separate characters portrayed by Hanks.
Again, don't be surprised if Cloud Atlas is a humongous disaster, but pray for the more positive outcome.