First Trailer for Tom Cruise Sci-Fi Film ‘Oblivion’

Published 2 years ago by , Updated December 12th, 2012 at 9:35 am,

Yesterday, we shared a new poster for the Tom Cruise sci-fi film Oblivion, and today we have the first trailer. The movie, directed by Joseph Kosinski (Tron: Legacy), takes place in a post-apocalyptic future where earth has been ravaged by decades of war with an alien race.

The first trailer gives viewers a good sense of the movie’s grand visual scope, contrasting sleek space technology with the gritty remnants of human civilization. It also reveals a bit of the movie’s mysterious plot, showing Morgan Freeman’s Morpheus-like character and the existence of a world on earth that isn’t supposed to exist.

Here’s the official synopsis for Oblivion:

Jack Harper (Cruise) is one of the last few drone repairmen stationed on Earth. Part of a massive operation to extract vital resources after decades of war with a terrifying threat known as the Scavs, Jack’s mission is nearly complete.

Living in and patrolling the breathtaking skies from thousands of feet above, his soaring existence is brought crashing down when he rescues a beautiful stranger from a downed spacecraft. Her arrival triggers a chain of events that forces him to question everything he knows and puts the fate of humanity in his hands.

oblivion poster tom cruise First Trailer for Tom Cruise Sci Fi Film Oblivion

While the visuals and action sequences look fairly spectacular, the mystery element to Oblivion is the most intriguing part of the trailer. If it has been 60 years since the planet was destroyed, how come Tom Cruise seems to have such a strong memory of Earth as it was? Has his memory been tampered with in some way (a la Total Recall)? Or could it be that Cruise is a clone/avatar of some kind, plugged into a machine somewhere else and doing the work on earth remotely (a la Avatar or The Matrix)?

No matter the answer, one can expect that the script, penned by Academy Award winner William Monahan (The Departed) and polished by Academy Award winner Michael Arndt (Star Wars: Episode 7), will deliver a compelling and action-packed story.

Presumably, the next trailer will reveal a bit more of the plot and answer some of these questions, hopefully without giving away too much. In the meantime, we’d love to hear your thoughts on Oblivion in the comments.

Oblivion opens in theaters on April 19th, 2013.

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  1. Nice, Oblivion looks epic IMO. I am looking forward to watching it.

  2. Maybe Jack Harper’s a clone of Jack Reacher.

  3. looks like more scifi cliche.

  4. Is it just me, or do all these new trailers for new sci-fi movies have the same music sequences and blasting finales? Really getting annoying. If we’re going to be lambasted with the same old crap over and over, as in this Matrix 4 theme here, at least change the damn music. Just sayin.

  5. Looks pretty good! I’d wish for a bit more grounded flight sequences (pun not intended) but otherwise it seems to be awesome!

  6. I does not look that appealing to me, I’m not too big of a fan of Tom Cruise. However I will check it out simply for the fact of curiosity (being a sci-fi fan)

  7. I prefer this than Jack Reacher

  8. Is this live action WALL-E? :)

    • Thats exactly what i said!!!! lol

    • Hahahahahahahahaha… thats funny!!

  9. Mindok, above, NAILED it… get some NEW COMPOSERS ONBOARD, HOLLYWOOD!!! Same ol same ol, for 10 years now…
    we’ve been through the “fake orchestral strings” plague,
    the “fake CHOIR with bad electronic PERCUSSION” virus,
    and the most-dreaded “wall of bad corporate-rock power-chord guitar score” mutations…
    C’mon guys… you’re spending money so we’ll come see your overblown, formulaic apocalypse-with-aging-stars epics. At least throw some $$ at some fresh scoring ideas.

  10. I know! XENU is behind it…

  11. Looks pretty decent. As much as I love all the comic book movies, I’m glad to look forward to a movie that I didn’t already read in a comic book 25 years ago. Not a huge Tom Cruise fan, but I’ve seen him mix it up enough to know you have to wait for the movie to come out to know whether he’ll be good in it or not.

  12. I rather see Mission Inpossibke 5 than Jack Tracher, all you need is kill or oblivion.

  13. ^ reacher

  14. What is it mean to be shot in 4k and will be converted into imax format? Does this mean it will look much sharper than normal movies that gets converted into imax format?

    • 4k is a superb resolution quality, Imax is far superior. Means it will be stretched and upresed to fit the imax screen im assuming.

  15. Moon anyone…?

  16. I gotta say although I wasn’t impressed with the trailer I’ll probably see it just for the mere fact that I love sci-fi, it has Morgan Freeman in a sci-fi role, and I’m intrigued by the mystery

  17. Meh…….
    Wow, not only do all of Tom Cruise’s movies look a like, but now they are starting to have the same name for the character he plays. Sucks getting old Tom……

  18. Apologies if anyone came up with this first…

    Battlefield Earth: The Return (Scientology tie-in!)

    I’m still going to watch it, I’m a sucker for sci-fi… and I didn’t think Battlefield Earth was that bad either.

  19. Like was said before, WALL-E live action?? I’m one of the few who like Tom Cruise, but here recently he has seriously upped his game with MI4 and his role in Tropic Thunder was fantastic. I just watched the trailer for After Earth – so i’m interested in seeing a Shyamalan returning to (good) form. Other than the post-apocalyptic Earth thing, I’m interested to see how the 60 yr gap has kept his memory intact. Whether it is ala Moon or Matrix, I’m confident in the writing team they have on this. The visuals look great, but you need a compelling story to keep people interested. Good Character development, and good actors to make those characters full bodied.

    • I am still hoping for a Tropic Thunder 2 or a Les Grossman movie. Cruise really played that part well. I became a fan after that movie LOL

  20. I’ll go just to see Morgan Freeman in goggles. I love goggles. GOOOOOOGGGGGGLLLLLLESSSSS!

  21. Good thing its not an ugly stranger or humanity is screwed. Hah! Either way this may be worth the price of admission.

  22. This could be a really good movie.

  23. Looks good; looking forward to see this as I love Sci-Fi and since the Star Wars movies sucked after the original three and that last awful thing of which I can’t recall the name right now, this genre needs a boost.
    I find it annoying that people still persist in not seeing Tom Cruise films just because he’s a Scientologist (Yes, the church is moronic – CHURCH!) however if that is not a reason to avoid potentially good movies or else you’d not read Narnia because the author was a Christian or not read Tolkien because he was a bigot et cetera.
    Anyway, Scientology is great; it’s the church that is awful and Hubbard’s Battlefield Earth was a good novel albeit too political for me. Unfortunately the movie was badly made and cut out too much form the book so shouldn’t have been made anyway.
    Ah, remembered the movie above now – Prometheus – God damn awful movie in so many ways and on so many levels.

  24. THis movie looks SO artifical! The fake alien ‘tommy’ guns, the space ships….i cant take it seriously knowing most of the movie was filmed in the woods of Baton Rouge, La ! Can’t take the Cruise face closeups anymore either.

  25. I love SciFi. Too bad it has Tom Cruise in it.

  26. You people must be smoking the funny stuff. Cruise is a good actor. Can’t wait to see this movie.