Though there seem like there will be many initial similarities between Joseph Kosinski’s new science fiction epic “Oblivion” and the beloved Pixar movie “Wall-E,” the first trailer for the film teases that the “Tron: Legacy” director will take his movie in a very different direction once Earth gets destroyed.
The film stars Tom Cruise as Jack Harper, a surface drone repairman who is one of the final humans living on Earth. The rest of humanity lives up in the clouds after the alien race known as Scavengers destroyed much of the planet. It is on the ground that Harper finds a mysterious woman in a pod, played by Andrea Riseborough, that changes everything he thought he knew about his current world.
Like “Tron: Legacy” before it, “Oblivion” looks like it will was beautifully shot by Kosinski. It remains to be seen whether the film lives up to its look, but for now consider us optimistically skeptical about the movie. Morgan Freeman’s character is intriguing, as is the fact that this movie also stars Olga Kurylenko, Melissa Leo and Nikolaj Coster-Waldau. Oh, and did we mention the music is being done by M83? Hopefully Kosinski will keep his epic music collaborations going throughout the rest of his career.
The official plot synopsis says that “Oblivion” is set in the future after radiation has destroyed much of Earth. After Harper finds the mysterious woman in the pod, she tells him she’s on a science experiment started 60 years earlier but still knows who he is. This “sets off an unstoppable chain of events that will force him to question everything he knows.” “Oblivion” is due out on April 19, 2013.