Cloud Atlas trailer: Should I read the book or watch the film first?

cloud-atlasIt's rare to come across a film trailer that wraps its tentacles around your head and pulls your brain into a thousand tiny fragments that spin off into the void before you've had a chance to catch any of them, but the extended trailer for Cloud Atlas does just that.

Cloud Atlas is an upcoming science fiction epic written and directed by Lana Wachowski, Tom Tykwer, and Andy Wachowski. The film is based on the 2004 novel of the same name by David Mitchell. If the trailer is anything to go by, the multiple linked story-lines, set in the past, the present and the future, will create a mesmerising visual experience. Of course, I don't have to tell you that the trailer may not be an accurate reflection of the final film, as I'm well aware that you are all discerning science fiction viewers with high IQs and excellent taste.

The official studio synopsis describes the film as "an epic story of humankind in which the actions and consequences of our lives impact one another throughout the past, present and future as one soul is shaped from a murderer into a savior and a single act of kindness ripples out for centuries to inspire a revolution."

The cast list for Cloud Atlas is as impressive as it is diverse. Cloud Atlas actors include Tom Hanks, Hugh Grant, Halle Berry, Jim Broadbent, Hugo Weaving, Jim Sturgess, James D'Arcy, Ben Whishaw, Susan Sarandon and the novel's author David Mitchell in an unspecified cameo.

I haven't read the Cloud Atlas novel by David Mitchell but have heard good things. The problem I have now is do I watch the film first and catch up with the book later? Or do I read the book and then watch film later instead? I'm leaning towards reading the book first, since it's the source that inspired the movie, but I'm willing to be persuaded otherwise. If you've already read Cloud Atlas, let me know your thoughts.

The Wachowskis are co-directing Cloud Atlas with Tom Tykwer and the production began in September 2011 at Studio Babelsberg in Germany. The Wachowskis of course are famous for the Matrix films, and there are a few Matrix style moments in the trailer.

Cloud Atlas is scheduled to hit theatres 26 October, 2012. Strangely, this is also the scheduled release date for Microsoft's new Windows 8 Operating System, although I'm not aware that there is any connection.

I'll stop writing now. Watch Cloud Atlas trailer on YouTube below. What do you think?

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