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Updated: Aug 15, 2012 11:54 AM EDT

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Halle Berry and Keth David get involved in a firefight in a scene from "Cloud Atlas."
(Photo : Warner Brothers)

Very little has been released by way of promotion yet about The Wachowskis and Tom Tykwer's new film "Cloud Atlas." Other than its time-jumping, kaleidoscopic trailer and a brief forward from the filmmakers trying to articulate the movie's everything-to-everyone qualities, buzz from recent secret screenings suggests we'll have to just wait and see it to even begin understanding it. And even then you still might be left scratching your head.

Here's something almost anyone can get behind though: new pictures of Halle Berry from the film. The 46-year-old actress who stars in "Cloud Atlas," will simultaneously play three characters. And by the looks of these new photos, this should indeed be one hell of a ride.

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(Photo : Warner Brothers) Berry plays three characters across time in
(Photo : Warner Brothers) Berry plays three characters across time in "Cloud Atlas."
(Photo : Warner Brothers) Directed by the Wachowskis and Tom Tykwer,
(Photo : Warner Brothers) Directed by the Wachowskis and Tom Tykwer, "Cloud Atlas" looks to be one of the year's most ambitious films.

 

(Photo : Warner Brothers) With it's tremendous narrative-scope, the directors of
(Photo : Warner Brothers) With it's tremendous narrative-scope, the directors of "Cloud Atlas" have explained little about the film, letting the images and trailer mostly speak for themselves.

With a narrative as wild and enigmatic as its creators, "Cloud Atlas" looks to be one of the 2012's most anticipated and talked about movie experiences.

To call a film with such a star-filled cast, including Halle Berry, Tom Hanks, Susan Sarandon, Keith David, Jim Sturgess, Bae Doona, Ben Whishaw, Hugo Weaving, and Jim Broadbent, and sprawling scope just "ambitious" would be a tremendous understatement -- especially since the Wachowskis ("The Matrix" trilogy) and Twkyer ("Run Lola Run") have built their careers on eye-popping, technology-pushing spectacle.

Early reviews have been scant, but largely positive. Joblo has compiled a collection of what's trickled out on the web, and through Twitter from test-screenings.

~ @BHirschberger I was lucky enough to view a test screening of Cloud Atlas in Pasadena a little while back. Everyone NEEDS to go see this movie.

~ Saw #cloudatlas tonight @mickeybeans One of the best, most unique films I've seen in years! The audience loved it! @mrjimsturgess is superb.

~ @ArcaneMovieTees Saw #cloudatlas last night. Was really good. Great storytelling and some fantastic acting!

~ @Jon_young Just seen test screening of Cloud Atlas - not the final version but looks like they've done a surprisingly good job of adapting it.

~ "I have to say that this film totally blew me away! Leave it to the very creative and innovative Wachowski's and Tom Tykwer to make this complex book into a GREAT film.. .According to my watch, the film ran 2hrs. 50min. but you would never know it because time just flew by. Cloud Atlas has it all... action, adventure, romance, humor, and several very touching moments. It captures every emotion imaginable and keeps you on the edge of your seat throughout. I can honestly say it's one of the best films I've seen in years and definitely like nothing I've ever seen before! And the rest of the audience also seemed to love the film... there was long and loud applause after the film and lots of positive chatter going on around me. I can't wait for each and every one of you to see it!!!"

"Cloud Atlas" opens on October 26th.

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