The Astonishing Cloud Atlas Trailer

Were you ready for that? Lana and Andy Wachowski and Tom Tyker’s ‘Cloud Atlas’ appears here in a blistering array of dizzying visual motifs. If that sound precocious that’s likely the work of the Wachowski’s. An unsuspecting world wasn’t prepared for the existential conundri that spurged out of the second two movies of the Matrix Trilogy, effectively killing the franchise before it had finished.

The Wachowski’s are comparably weird by anyone’s standard but they are artists working in a medium of film and, with the help of Tykwer – who provided the score along with Johnny Klimek and Reinhold Heil – sound. It just happens that thanks to the notoriety (and from the looks of it Asian budgets) they are working at a more commercial level. Other artists in the passed have loaded their bowels with multicoloured paint and expelled it onto canvas. An artists work isn’t automatically high art or accessible and whether this will be remains unproven.

But this trailer, the longest I’ve ever seen (I think) suggests a plethora of set pieces of such dizzying confidence and clarity that if the build up to the moments depicted in this spell binding trailer bear up in the final reel this has the potential to bring art house cinema crashing successfully into mainstream cinema. Based on the novel by David Mitchell, perhaps the borders laid out by an existing plot will keep the existential nonsense to a minimum. I hope so, because the Wachowskis at their best deserve a place in cinema history for the Matrix alone.

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The Matrix: Reinstalled?

–UPDATE–

Looks like this is just a fan made hoax. Playlist recently posted that they’ve spoken to Reeves representatives and Mr Neo wasn’t even at the London School of Performing arts that day. It should be said that it’s a pretty good hoax to manage to get reported by as many sites as it did, but such is the nature of web journalism. Of course this doesn’t mean that new Matrix films aren’t being developed somewhere secretive (it’s not like the Wachowski’s are getting a buttload of work elsewhere) but it’s far from definite. You may all breath a collective sigh of relief and go back to pretending that the second two films don’t exist.

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For those who missed Revolutions and Reloaded or fans of heavy lifting gear with even heavier artillery and cyber-fu airborne gun battles this may be good news as Keanu Reeves, Neo in the original trilogy revealed plans are underway for two more sequels to the original ‘Matrix.’

Pizza Delivery in the Matrix. Tricky.

In an age where reboots and revisions of potentially lucrative franchises the actor hinted he and the writers of the franchise, Andy and Larry Wachowski, have discussed the possibility of shooting the two new movies in 3D and are reportedly referring to 3d Impressario and ‘Avatar’ creator James Cameron.

Hearing Keanu commenting during a key note speech at the London School of Performing Arts, a reporter for Ain’t It Cool News blogged up “They have completed work on a two picture script treatment that would see him return to the world of ‘The Matrix’ as Neo.

“Keanu says the brothers have met with Jim Cameron to discuss the pros and cons of 3D and are looking to deliver something which has never been seen again. He stated that he still has an obligation to the fans to deliver a movie worthy of the title ‘The Matrix’ and he swears this time that the treatment will truly transform the action genre like the first movie.”

According to the report, the Wachowskis are looking to complete their current project ‘Cloud Atlas’ before discussing the possibility of adding the Matrix sequels so time to discuss the liklihood of a return of Neo to the world of the Matrix.

Whether the end result will be a return to form for the Wachowski’s who primarily built their success on technological advancements in Cinema is yet to be seen and clearly will not be seen for a great long time to come. Whether a return to the rather bitter memories of ‘The Matrix’ is a good idea or not will not be clear; the prospect of two filmmakers as adept with adapting new technology as the Wachowskis will likely generate a project worth talking about.

Still something to watch out for. You heard it here first (otherwise why’d you bother reading the same thing again?).