Yeah, if you haven’t already, you’re going to want to put Cloud Atlas right at the top of your must-see list. It’s up there on mine, at the very least.

After boggling over Hugh Grant‘s impressive transformation yesterday, I’ve been captivated by this featurette from Cloud Atlas today. Only a small part of the actor and director quotes are dedicated to the “everyone’s like really awesome and stuff” fluff which bogs down so many featurettes, and instead almost everyone from Tom Hanks to Halle Berry to Jim Sturgess to Keith David to the directing trio to author David Mitchell get to put in their own words how they perceive the multistranded and unique world presented in Cloud Atlas, where each actor plays up to six characters. The word “story” is heard a lot and there is a fair bit of repetition in their quotes, but one thing is clearly apparent: Everyone is truly excited about this project. Like, worked up about it. And that does not happen nearly enough with big movies today. And through that excitement, I noticed another thing.

Cloud Atlas is almost exclusively made up of a cast and crew of people who have never really broken through or have experienced a downward slide in the career recently. The Wachowskis and Tom Tykwer were a lot bigger 10 years ago than today. Tom Hanks, Halle Berry and Hugh Grant have all faded from mega-fame and plateaued artistically in recent years and actors like Sturgess and Ben Whishaw are yet to break through.

Could Cloud Atlas be the redemption and breakthrough so many involved with the film really need and/or deserve? I starting to think so.

What do you think? Tell us.

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