New ‘Oblivion’ Trailer: Tom Cruise Explores the Mystery of Earth’s Past

Published 2 years ago by , Updated February 13th, 2013 at 10:15 am,

Oblivion returns Tom Cruise to the sci-fi genre, where he’s found success in the past by collaborating with director Steven Spielberg on the blockbusters Minority Report and War of the Worlds. This time, Joseph Kosinski (TRON: Legacy) is directing from a script that was rewritten by Oscar-winner Michael Arndt (Star Wars: Episode VII).

A new international trailer follows the previous marketing trend, focusing on Cruise and the filmmakers behind Oblivion – including, producers Peter Cherin and Dylan Clark (Rise of the Planet of the Apes) – as well as shiny visual effects and the mystery plot. However, it also reveals Oscar-winner Melissa Leo (The Fighter) as Cruise’s boss, whose bubbly manner and accent disguises hidden intentions.

Costarring Morgan Freeman, Andrea Riseborough (W.E.) and Olga Kurylenko (Magic City), Oblivion takes place on a futuristic Earth where the petrified remains of skyscrapers and landmarks (like the Superdome and Washington Monument) are all that’s left after a devastating alien invasion sixty years before. The sparse landscapes and translucent technology are based on illustrations from Andree Wallins, for a currently-unpublished graphic novel that Kosiniski created and co-wrote with Arvid Nelson.

Cruise stars as Jack, a drone repairman stationed on the planet with his partner (Riseborough) and only two weeks left until they leave the ruined world behind for good. No surprise, things don’t go according to plan, as the arrival of a mysterious woman (Kurylenko) from Jack’s dreams (Or are they memories?) leads him to discover that everything he’s been told about Earth’s recent history is a lie.

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Truth be told, Cruise just isn’t the surefire box office draw he used to be, following on the heels of his past three movies landing all over the board financially – with one flopping (Rock of Ages), one falling short of insuring a new franchise (Jack Reacher) and one proving that many people still do love watching the 50-year old perform superhuman stunts (Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol). It’s partly for that reason our staff is waiting to see where Oblivion falls in the ‘war’ between science-fiction and superheroes for the attention of film geeks.

After all, the film has an excellent cast, intriguing premise and creative visual style – but will that be enough to attract the masses and prove that brand recognition isn’t necessary for a blockbuster success? Considering the number of other original sci-fi movies arriving this year (see: After Earth, Pacific Rim, Elysium), it’ll be a while before that question is answered in full.

Look for Oblivion exclusively in IMAX theaters on April 12th, 2013. It will open in regular theaters a week later.


Source: MSN

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  1. Normally, I’m not a fan of Tom Cruise’s action flick, but this looks awesome. Furthermore, I’m hoping that this gives this director some “muscles” for when he’ll return and do (as reported) the sequel to Tron Legacy.

  2. Honestly there are not many actors that I will go see a movie for, so that really doesn’t affect me. Usually I can tell if I will like a movie from the trailer, with a few exceptions (see drive, cabin in the woods, Dredd) Right now I could go either on Oblivion, but it looks like it’s going to be ok to pretty good.

  3. uploader has not made the video availible. same thing on youtube.
    whats up with that ?

  4. video not available!

    • Sorry about that, it should be available now.

      • no trailer.

        • It’s up again now.

          • thanks sandy.

  5. Im in. Looks great.

  6. Was that Yankee Stadium after the war, or after they failed to make the World Series again????

    • Ohh goodness now thats comedy lol

  7. Is it just me, or between this and Elysium, 10-20 years from now are we going to see Wall-E as a touchstone Sci-Fi film as it should be?

    You could make a dozen movies with the ideas presented in Wall-E, these feel like two of them.

  8. I don’t want to look deeper into the plot. That’s what the actual movie is for. ;)

  9. I hope Oblivion is smart sci-fi. It has the potential to be but I have a disturbing haunch I’m going to roll my eyes while watching it… Please don’t be dumb.

    • “disturbing haunch”, eh? sounds painful.

  10. I like this trailer a lot better than the first one.

    • Agreed. 100%. Looks awesome.

  11. Will the Dark Lord Xenu be in this one?

    • Do you think you’re funny? Anyways don’t care about cruise’s personal life. Time for people to move on anyways. Film looks intriguing and like the talent infront of and behind the camera.

  12. They forgot the part where Morgan Freeman asks which pill Tom Cruise will take, the red or the blue…

    seems almost the same as The Matrix. Different setting.

  13. It looks cool, the trailer has me hooked and Tom Cruise movies are on the majority pretty good especially recently with Ghost Protocol and Jack Reacher. Movies that are not set in everyday reality have to have the “cool” or “wow” effect to be worth watching. Matrix, Iron Man, Avengers,Lord of the Rings, etc. good character based stories with the “cool” effect.

  14. In all fairness to Cruise, the guy isn’t afraid to explore new characters and genre.
    I gotta give it up to him in that dept.