I happened across a Facebook ad for a movie titled, “Oblivion” starring Tom Cruise. The tagline was, “Earth is a memory worth fighting for.” Now, I NEVER click on these ads, but this one really piqued my interest. Was it a movie based on The Elder Scrolls’ Oblivion series? A group of gamers with an itch to see Tom Cruise portray their medieval fantasy hero? I was pleasantly surprised to find it was neither.
Oblivion is a sci-fi thriller in the same vein as The Matrix and TRON: Legacy, written by William Monahan (The Departed, Kingdom of Heaven) and Michael Ardnt (Star Wars: Episode VII, Toy Story 3), directed by Joseph Kosinski (TRON: Legacy, author of the graphic novel from which the movie is based), and stars Tom Cruise, Morgan Freeman, Olga Kurylenko, Andrea Riseborough, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau and Melissa Leo. Below is the official plot synopsis.
“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 opens exclusively in IMAX theaters on April 12, 2013 following a wide release a week later on April 19, 2013.
Oblivion was shot in stunning digital 4K resolution on location across the United States and Iceland. For more details, check out Oblivion’s official film site, Facebook page, and Twitter (#OBLIVION).