Trailer: Oblivion

Kurt expressed his hatred for the one-sheet for Oblivion the other day. Too Inceptionish. Maybe too Prometheusish, as it was pointed out in the comments. Of course, as we all know though, the quality of the poster as portrayed by an out-of-touch marketing team does not necessarily dictate the quality of a film.

When Oblivion was first announced, I was excited/worried that it was an adaptation of the Elder Scrolls game. When I discovered that it was instead an adaptation of a sci-fi graphic novel (of which director Joseph Kosinski also wrote) and was going to star Tom Cruise, I registered it as “keep an eye on it,” but despite my love of sci-fi and my usual enjoyment of Tom Cruise, I haven’t gone out of my way to pay attention to its development.

The story follows a drone repairman (Cruise) on the supposedly uninhibited earth who rescues a mysterious woman (Kurylenko), which leads him into discovering some sort of intergalactic conspiracy. The trailer is uninspiring, although one can assume it will be a stellar IMAX experience, regardless of the quality of the movie itself. For now, I remain indifferent.

Directed by Kosinski (Tron: Legacy), co-written by William Monahan (The Departed) and starring Cruise, Olga Kurylenko, Andrea Riseborough, Morgan Freeman, Melissa Leo, and Zoƫ Bell, the movie will be released in IMAX on on April 12, 2013 with a traditional theatrical release the following weekend.

What do you think of the trailer?

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Jesus Christ! There is so many science fiction films being release next year.
1. Gravity
2. Oblivion
3. Star Trek Darkness
4. Catching Fire
5. After Earth
5. Singularity
6. Elysium
7. Pacific Rim
8. The World’s End
9. Ender’s Game
10. Robot & Frank
11. Under The Skin
12. The Prototype
13. Robocop
14. Riddick
15. All You Need is Kill
16. The Host

Heck, I am a happy camper. Bring it on!

David Brook

Hmmm, there are plenty of cheesy lines in this trailer and it all looks a bit overly slick, but it could be fun.

I have a strange reaction to Tom Cruise in that I never think he comes across well in trailers – the clean cut, All-American, shit-eating grin vibe grates in these small doses, but generally, in the context of a full film, I tend to like his performances and I don’t think I’ve ever disliked him in a film even if some of the films themselves haven’t been perfect. I’ve got a lot of respect for him to have stayed at, or at least near, the top of his game for so long. Plus his role in Magnolia will always knock him up several notches in my book anyway.

Andrew James

To me what grates on me in this trailer is Morgan Freeman. I was intrigued up until the point where they introduce him. Then it immediately felt like schlock.

Actually, I still think this has potential. Having seen the full trailer now rather than just the poster I’m reminded a bit more of Minority Report meets Star Wars than I am of Inception or Prometheus.

Basically looks like just a fun time at the theater, but nothing overly special.

Jericho Slim

I was exactly the opposite. I didn’t like the trailer until I saw Morgan. I’m definitely in.