In less than a week, Tom Cruise will be back in futuristic action when he appears in Oblivion. From the director that brought us Tron: Legacy, Joseph Kosinski has set his sights on presenting audiences his own original sci-fi adventure. Will Kosinski prove he has more of an eye for something original than an established franchise? Watch the full theatrical trailer for Oblivion after the break.
Along with Kosinski, Oblivion had some help from screenwriters Karl Gajdusek (Trespass) and Michael Arndt (Toy Story 3; Brave; Little Miss Sunshine). If Oblivion turns out to be all right, we can look forward to Arndt’s work when Star Wars Episode VII comes out. I’m sure Kosinski had the most influence in the screenplay, but I’d like to know how much Ardnt helped.
With any secret corporation movie, there’s always an oblivious stooge, a rebel alliance, and a love interest who will show him the way, and Oblivion feels a bit by the books. I hope the reveal has enough power to make this film stand out. On one hand it looks well done, but on the other it doesn’t feel too fresh. Take a look at the trailer below and see for yourself.
Tom Cruise and Morgan Freeman, this movie can’t fail right? Jack Reacher was able to make a good in worldwide box office sales. Morgan Freeman can always draw in a crowd. But there’s something about this trailer that isn’t too exhilarating. It looks very slick and super polished over, but I am not feeling any life coming from the actors or the story. Everyone seems to be doing the same shtick and are just going along for the ride.
I may be incredibly wrong, but my theory behind this story is that the people on Earth are all clones. When we see Julia Rosakova’s (Olga Kurylenko) cryo-pod crash land on Earth it screams clone to me. I believe that Jack (Tom Cruise) and Victoria (Andrea Riseborough) are clones of the bigwigs up in the big space station, The Tet, finishing work on Earth to eventually reinhabitthe planet.
Also, Sally (Melissa Leo) looks like an older version of Victoria and the humans on Earth are the clones who have escaped, sort of like The Matrix. Malcolm Beech (Morgan Freeman) is Morpheus. Why else would the drones want to hunt down and kill all of the humans on Earth? They know the truth and the corporation doesn’t want to let the information go public to those living in space.
Check out the official plot synopsis for Oblivion via Apple Trailers:
On a spectacular future Earth that has evolved beyond recognition, one man’s confrontation with the past will lead him on a journey of redemption and discovery as he battles to save mankind.
What will Tom Cruise discover?
Oblivion hits theaters and IMAX Friday, April 19.