Cloud Atlas – The Movie

Hmmm, I’m not sure what to make of this photo of Bae Doona as Sonmi451 in Cloud Atlas. The Wachowskis (who’s directing the futuristic sections of the book) are making her look like a futuristic cyber punk warrior, and that’s not really who Sonmi is in the book. Maybe I just have a different idea of what a clone working as a server in a McDonald-like restaurant living in a dystopian near-future society should look like. Oh well, let’s just wait and see.

This is supposedly the “concept art” for the movie. I really, really hope that this is metaphorical and Tom Tykwer and The Wachowkis are not making a movie where Adam Ewing’s ship from the first story sailed into sonmi’s near-future Korea. Cloud Atlas the book is about a lot of things, but it is emphatically NOT about time-traveling. There’s a hint of souls traveling through time (the reincarnation motive with the main character of each story sharing the same comet-shaped birthmark) but not actual, physical time travel of the sort depicted in this photo. The connections between stories are more subtle, a character from one story reading a journal or letters written by a character in a previous story, for example, not the characters actually meeting each other because they can time travel. I’m starting to sound like a cranky purist, so I’ll just stop here. Still looking forward to the movie, if only to see Ben Whishaw as Frobisher.   

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