A new trailer dropped over the weekend for the Tom Cruise science-fiction epic Oblivion (2013). Here's the trailer, along with a break down of what it's about.
Above Image: Oblivion (2013) Jack Harper (Tom Cruise) surveying the Earth
Warning: There are some minor spoilers, but nothing that isn't revealed in the trailer or the novel.
Tagline: Earth is a memory worth fighting for.
From Tron Legacy director Joseph Kosinski and critically acclaimed creator Arvid Nelson (Rex Mundi) comes an original sci-fi adventure of epic proportions. In a future where the Earth’s surface has been irradiated beyond recognition, the remnants of humanity live above the clouds, safe from the brutal alien Scavengers that stalk the ruins. But when surface drone repairman Jak (IMDb uses Jack) discovers a mysterious woman in a crash-landed pod, it sets off an unstoppable chain of events that will force him to question everything he knows.
Created and directed by Joseph Kosinski, he came up with the concept before making Tron: Legacy. He developed it into a graphic novel with Arvid Nelson. The screenplay was written by Kosinski, William Monahan, Karl Gajdusek and Michael Arndt.
The movie rights were originally sold to Disney, but they wanted a PG rating. It was felt this would "strangle" the film creatively, and it was sold to Universal. They're shooting for a PG-13 rating.
On April 12th the film was released in IMAX format, one week ahead of its wide release on April 19, 2013.
Greg Foster, Chairman and President of IMAX Filmed Entertainment, said, "With the one-two punch of an early IMAX release window and the film's expanded aspect ratio, we believe Oblivion is the perfect kick-off to our 2013 summer slate. We're ecstatic about continuing our longstanding relationship with Tom Cruise, director Joseph Kosinski and the Universal team to bring this highly anticipated action-adventure to IMAX audiences around the world."
Kosinski told Comic Book Resources that “It’s a love story that explores various themes ranging from identity to redemption.”
Here's how the voice over describes the concept: "60 years ago, Earth was attacked. We won the war, but they destroyed half the planet. Everyone's been evacuated. Nothing human remains. We're here for drone repair. We're the mop up crew."
“It’s a sci-fi adventure that spans two different worlds and two different times. It’s epic in terms of its scale and scope, but it’s a character driven story with a small cast." Kosinski said. “I first came up with the concept when I moved from New York to Los Angeles. I was inspired by old sci-fi models like The Twilight Zone to find an emotional, dramatic story that would raise interesting questions and play with perspective. I wanted to build the story around those few characters, but at the same time ask the bigger universal questions that are integral to science fiction, questions about our existence, our purpose in the big scheme of things."
Here is Kosinski's description of the plot that I've expanded to include the character names.
"The main character, [Jack Harper] (Tom Cruise), is an ex-soldier who works as a drone repairman on this barren planet. He fixes the drones that patrol the surface looking to destroy what’s left of the Scavengers, a savage alien race.
"[Jack] has a partner, Vika ( Andrea Riseborough), who’s a by the book kind of career officer and she works as his 'eye-in-the-sky,' scanning for damaged drones and monitoring Scavenger activity.
"One day, [Jack] comes across a spacecraft that’s crashed, and inside he finds this mysterious woman in 'deltasleep' [Julia Rusakova (Olga Kurylenko)]. He rescues her from the Scavengers and takes her back to their Skytower, which is high above the clouds. When the woman wakes up, her story turns their lives upside down and sends each of them on an adventure of self-discovery."
Morgan Freeman plays Malcolm Beech, the "leader of the human resistance." We have to assume this is a resistance against the aliens that have taken over the Earth known as Scavengers.
The Scavengers are described as alien "scavengers who collect ancient artifacts from the polluted surface below." They are extremely dangerous based on Jack's reactions.
Official Site: http://www.oblivionmovie.com/
So, that's everything you need to know!
Via Slashfilm, Screenrant, Bleeding Cool
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