The Plot: An exploration of how the actions of individual lives impact one another in the past, present, and future, as one soul is shaped from a killer into a hero, and an act of kindness ripples across centuries to inspire a revolution.
The Filmmakers: Based on a book by David Mitchell, written and directed by the Wachowskis (with directorial assistance by Tom Tykwer.) Starring Tom Hanks, Hugo Weaving, Halle Berry, Susan Sarandon, and Hugh Grant.
The Status: Locked on Target. If you think that plot synopsis is confusing, just watch the trailer. It won't make anything more clear but it sure looks cool. Other than the first Matrix I'm not a huge fan of the Wachowskis but they sure know how to make a mind-bender and this one looks like a doozy. Add in assitance by Run Lola Run's Tykwer and an excellent cast and I'm all on board.
Cloud Atlas hits theatres October 21.
The Plot: A videogame bad-guy gets tired of being mean and enters another game to be the good-guy only to unleash a deadly enemy into the entire gaming community.
The Filmmakers: Directed by Rich More and starring John C. Reilly, Jack McBrayer, and Jane Lynch.
The Status: On the Radar. The plot is very clever and the trailer looks very funny, but I just don't trust Reilly in a comedy anymore and its quite possible the best bits are being shown while the rest of it stinks. I think I'll wait until the reviews come in on this one.
Wreck-It Ralph tears up theatres November 2.
On the Road
The Plot: Based upon the beat generation bible of the same name, Jack Kerouac's semi-autobiographical novel traces his mad experiences roaming from one end of the country to the other and back again meeting all sorts of interesting people and having lots of crazy adventures.
The Filmmakers: Directed by Walter Salles and starring Garrett Hedlund, Sam Riley, Kristen Stewart, and Viggo Mortensen.
The Status: Locked on Taget. I'm very much a fan of the book and while I don't imagine anyone can really do it justice on celluloid and I have my qualms about Kristen Stewart, I have no doubt I'll be seeing this one even if it gets majorly panned.
On the Road drives into theatres December 21.