First Trailer for Joseph Kosinski’s OBLIVION Starring Tom Cruise

     December 8, 2012


The first trailer for director Joseph Kosinski’s (TRON: Legacy) sci-fi film Oblivion has been released.  At first blush, it’s not exactly what I was expecting and I think that bodes well for the picture. Rather than a straight shoot-em-up actioner or a generic survival story, Oblivion looks to have elements of mystery and betrayal all tied into Tom Cruise’s character, Jack Harper.  Olga Kurylenko looks beautiful even dressed-down and Morgan Freeman channels his own version of Laurence Fishburne’s Morpheus. The all-white aesthetic looks sharp and clean against a backdrop of chaos and destruction and the overall design definitely has some nods to TRON. There are also elements of The Fifth Element, Minority Report and The Matrix presented in this introductory trailer, but Oblivion looks to be something all its own. (But what is up with that creature that looks like Darth Vader and sounds like a Tusken raider?)

The film also stars Andrea Riseborough, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, and Melissa LeoOblivion opens on April 19, 2013.  Hit the jump to watch.

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oblivion-posterHere’s the official synopsis for Oblivion:

Tom 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.


  • Mars

    Interesting how Cruise holds handguns with his right hand, but is left handed with rifles.

    • Jem Brown

      By veiwing the trailer I assume that humanity didn’t win the war, the half of earth the aliens did’nt destroy they harvested (humans) and brainwashed them into beleiving the we had won. Thats why Tom Cruise’s character can’t remember Olga whatever her last name is character. For what reason the aliens brainwashed half of humnaity for I’m notsure, thats just my guess on the plot anyway.

    • Westwood

      He may be left eye dominate, righties often shoot rifles left handed if left eye dominate

  • Grayden

    Tom Cruise playing Tom Cruise. Otherwise, it looks promising. I loved Kosinski’s look for Tron, and it looks like he’s continuing the style with Oblivion, so I hope it does well. Plus, Ms. Kurylenko is always nice to look at.

  • Buhu

    I see a blocked content, no trailer!

  • cloud720

    I hate to say this, but Morgan Freeman looks like he is going to explain the shit out of this movie.

  • samir

    you idiots release date is april 12 in IMAX then April 19 nationwide

  • The kid

    TC is a legend and the greatest movie star of the past 30 years!

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  • Sean

    Where is the trailer that the title of the article promises?

  • Lob Taylor

    I love Tom Cruise in a totally bromance way. I think he’s awesome as an action super….megastar.
    And I’ll obviously be going to see this one too.

  • bob

    apple itunes movie trailers will premiere the full trailer tomorrow

  • Will

    Lol the studio asked you to take it down cause its going to be released tomorrow? what the hell does it really matter?

  • Sean

    @Will I think that is because if a website posts it for people to be able to see it on any number days before that its supposed to be released, then that would be illegal. Movies websites and other websites can only post movie trailers when a movie studio allows it.

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  • will

    Not bad. Looks like a big step up for Kosinski from Tron Legacy, at any rate.

  • IamChristoperNolan

    so i’m about 90% i figured out almost all of the plot twists from that movie. i could be wrong but it was pretty revealing. I imagine this movie being like Moon meets Wall-e with elements of i am legend throw in.

    Jack and Olga’s character run some inane task of drone repair on desolate earth. Jack passes the time by absorbing lost human/american culture. Weeks before they are relieved from work strange things begin to happen. jack gets caught by morgon freeman’s group in which he learns something revolutionary/extreme ie (human’s lost the war never escaped and live underground in secret, or he is told he isnt human and actually alien/clone, etc) He either escapes or leaves morgan freeman’s group. to find clone version of Olga’s character crash landed on the planet. This event reveals to him that he has been working for the aliens the whole time in an attempt to find the remaining human survivors (morgan freeman’s group) . Unsure of whether he is human/alien/clone with implanted memories he helps the remaining humans defend earth from the oncoming alien assault.

    Everyone agree? great!

  • paul tracy

    it looks like the mini movies you’ve got to watch between levels on a computer game.

    ~ p

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  • Strong Enough

    I want M83′s score already.

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  • Joseph M

    So far so good, but the aliens are a little tired. If they have the intelligence to travel to, and nearly conquer Earth, would they really walk around growling and snarling like animals? Sentient, got their shit together aliens are always scarier than growlers.

    • Lance

      How do you know what sounds like mindless growling to us isn’t actually a deeply intellectual plea for mutual disarmament and peace?

  • Tyne

    I’m not usually a fan of Tom Cruise, but this doesn’t look all that bad

  • ass

    Everything looks great with the exception of the great miscast of Tom Cruise or an absolute wrong type of main character in the script: The whole attitude of Tom Cruise / or his character just doesn’t fit with the whole background and all the conceptualized images we’ve seen so far. I wished a more melancholic and quiet character for this kind of desolate world and not this shit. It just distracts.

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  • Dustbinder

    Morgan Freeman is rockin some Morpheus style glasses man! They are using the spectacle. slight action and mystery to draw in the audience for what I am sure will be some unexpected twists and turns. Kosinski had great visual flair in Tron: Legacy so it is nice to see more of it. All in all the lack of content for fear of giving too much of the plot away makes the trailer slightly droll, but puts it on the radar nonetheless.

  • Michael Horne

    Good, solid, visually exciting trailer. Seeing Cruise do ‘serious’ sci-fi is always welcome, after Minority Report. Looks stylish and well-shot. Too much hate around here for a trailer that doesn’t look half bad!

  • Steve

    Looks promising.

  • Nate H

    This actually doesn’t look half bad. As much as people love to hate on Cruise, he’s a proven winner; he’s made some great films and most of the rest are pretty solid (he has flops, sure, but less than many megastars. Case in point – Nicolas Cage, etc). It definitely looks better than M. Night’s “After Earth” – which is basically I am Legend in the future.

  • Pocketses

    Liking this one so far. I am also one who wants to trust the After Earth trailer (but won’t…M Night’s last good movie was too long ago for me to recall). But this one, it should be quite fun. Certainly has a familiar vibe to a lot of Cruise films, but still looks to be pretty good.

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