First Official Synopses for Joseph Kosinski’s OBLIVION and Guillermo del Toro’s Horror Production, MAMA

     August 14, 2012


 We recently brought you the release date shuffle for Universal pictures Oblivion, starring Tom Cruise and Olga Kurylenko, and Mama, the horror film directed by Andres Muschietti and produced by Guillermo del Toro.  Now we can actually tell you what those films are about!  An official synopsis for each film has dropped and we share that with you after the jump.  Joseph Kosinski’s Oblivion opens April 19th, 2013 with an IMAX-only run-up starting on April 12th, 2013.  Mama, starring Nikolaj Coster-Waldau and Jessica Chastain will open January 18th, 2013.  Hit the jump to read the synopses.

Ron Howard’s Rush was also included in the initial list of release dates, so you can find the first images and synopsis here.  Check out the synopsis for Mama below:

mama-posterGuillermo del Toro presents Mama, a supernatural thriller that tells the haunting tale of two little girls who disappeared into the woods the day that their mother was murdered.  When they are rescued years later and begin a new life, they find that someone or something still wants to come tuck them in at night.

The day their father killed their mother, sisters Victoria and Lilly vanished near their suburban neighborhood.  For five long years, their Uncle Lucas (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau) and his girlfriend, Annabel (Jessica Chastain), have been madly searching for them.  But when, incredibly, the kids are found alive in a decrepit cabin, the couple wonders if the girls are the only guests they have welcomed into their home.

As Annabel tries to introduce the children to a normal life, she grows convinced of an evil presence in their house.  Are the sisters experiencing traumatic stress, or is a ghost coming to visit them?  How did the broken girls survive those years all by themselves?  As she answers these disturbing questions, the new mother will find that the whispers she hears at bedtime are coming from the lips of a deadly presence.

As a bonus, have a look at the unnerving short film Mama from Muschietti below:

Now here’s the official Oblivion synopsis:

tom-cruise-oblivion-set-photoTom Cruise stars in Oblivion, an original and groundbreaking cinematic event from the director of TRON: Legacy and the producer of Rise of the Planet of the Apes.  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.

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 was shot in stunning digital 4K resolution on location across the United States and Iceland.



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  • RogerBacon

    May want to mention that Mama was adapted from Muschietti’s short film by emmy-nominee Neil Cross (Luther)

  • Michael Caine Hates Doors

    Huh. Apparently Nikolaj Coster-Waldau is in both of these films. I love him from what I’ve seen of his performances in Game of Thrones, but I’m rather skeptical about how much screen time he’ll get alongside Cruise. Can’t help but be excited for Oblivion though. I’m getting a Wall-E vibe here, but perhaps with more action. Kosinski strikes me as a very talented visual storyteller. It wasn’t his fault the Tron script was awful.

  • Lob Taylor

    I Love Tom Cruise , the Oblivion synopsis and poster look awesome. Cruise only does quality stuff so am very much looking forward to Oblivion

  • Lob Taylor

    I Love Tom Cruise , the Oblivion synopsis and poster look awesome. Cruise only does quality stuff so am very much looking forward to Oblivion

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  • Lord Admiral-General Sir Percy Arthur George David De Bouef-Crecy, O.B.E., V.C.

    Oblivion should be a quality film (Morgan Freeman is in it). It’s penned by William Monaghan, who did The Departed, so it’ll be well written.

    Cruise only chooses the best projects, Oblivion will be awesome. COUNT ME IN.