|Hanks...not much to smile about|
Hanks' roles include a scheming doctor on board a voyage across the Pacific in 1849, a trash-talking novelist in contemporary London and a peaceful goatherd who is part of a post-apocalyptic tribe in the 2300s. None of them are very interesting and critics have reserved particular scorn for his attempts at a Cockney accent in one section.
His last two movies, the 9/11 drama Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close and Larry Crowne, which he both directed and starred in, couldn't even manage $40 million apiece.
Cloud Atlas, which cost way north of $100 million and comes from the Wachowskis, who haven't made a good movie since 1999's Matrix, is not expected to do much better,
Hanks has to look back three years to Angels and Demons, the flop-proof sequel to The Da Vinci Code, for his last live-action hit.