Joseph Kosinski and Tom Cruise Walk Us Through an 'Oblivion' Featurette

Wednesday, 13 March 2013 09:48 Written by  Jordan DeSaulnier
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Joseph Kosinski and Tom Cruise Walk Us Through an 'Oblivion' Featurette

A new featurette promoting Oblivion shows off some new footage from the science fiction adventure and goes a tiny bit deeper into the movie's mysteries, but still plays things pretty close to the vest.

Clocking in at just over three minutes, much of the featurette's early going is devoted to summing up what we've seen in multiple previous trailers:  Tom Cruise plays Jack Harper, one of the few remaining humans on the surface of Earth decades after a devastating war with aliens.  Jack's duty, carried out with the assistance of Andrea Riseborough in a small operations center above the clouds, is to maintain drones that hunt the remaining critters on the scorched planet.

Cruise and director/co-writer Joseph Kosinski show up as talking heads to offer some insight on Harper's fascinating with relics of Earth that was.  They then walk us through some of the film's mysteries.  First, Olga Kurylenko shows up as a human who somehow knows Jack, then Morgan Freeman also shows up as a human who somehow knows Jack.  Combined, the remove the veil from Harper's eyes, flipping his perception of the whole world.  From there, Harper must shoot a lot of drones, fly his nifty bubblecraft, and save humanity at great cost to himself.

While the featurette, which debuted at Yahoo! Movies, does reveal a bit more of the story, the key secrets are still very much secret.  But the early stuff is nicely "last man on Earth," and the later stuff is full of gunfire, explosions, and Cruise being heroic.  All of it looks quite expensive.

Oblivion, which was known as Horizons for a brief period of its development after hopping from Disney, its original studio home, to Universal Pictures, hits regular and IMAX screens on April 18th.

So far, the trailers and TV spots have given the impression that Melissa Leo is the film's heavy-by-remote and Cruise is up against lots of spherical drones.  But we know that Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, who plays Jaime Lannister on HBO's Game of Thrones, plays a soldier in the film.  Since we've seen no trace of him in the promotion, we can infer that Oblivion is still holding a lot back.  Hopefully that includes an antagonist who is not a drone or an Oscar-winning actress on a little screen.


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