This April sees the return of Tom Cruise to the science fiction genre with his latest film Oblivion. His two previous science fiction starring vehicles Minority Report and War of the Worlds were both critically acclaimed box office hits. But they were also both directed by Steven Spielberg. Oblivion is directed by Joseph Kosinski of Tron Legacy fame. So Cruise seems to be in safe hands. If that wasn’t enough there are some dramatic chops in the cast with Academy Award winning actors Morgan Freeman and Melissa Leo. The film also features the stunning Olga Kurylenko.
From what we see in the trailer the film looks to blend sci-fi action with some themes of environmental responsibility. Comparisons to the animated film Wall-E have already started to be made.
It will be interesting to see how audiences respond to Oblivion. His last film Jack Reacher was liked by critics but it didn’t perform as expected here domestically. His last box office hit was Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocal. Which some people attribute to the popularity of the franchise rather than Tom Cruise’s involvement. The film was initially seen as a transition film to pass the reigns of the franchise to Jeremy Renner. Before that Tom Cruise had a string of box office disappointments which seemed to reflect audience’s disdain for his involvement with Scientology and his outspoken position of publicly defending it. If the film underwhelms at the gate it could mark a change in his status for starring in high profile, high budget films.
Oblivion stars Tom Cruise, Morgan Freeman, Olga Kurylenko, Andrea Riseborough, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau , and Melissa Leo. The film is directed by Joseph Kosinski and is written by William Monahan, Karl Gajdusek and Michael Arndt. The film is scheduled for release April 12, 2013.
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.