Click to Skip Ad
Closing in...
Troubled Western 'Jane Got a Gun' Rescued as Relativity Files for Bankruptcy (Updated) Troubled Western 'Jane Got a Gun' Rescued as Relativity Files for Bankruptcy (Updated) 'The Witch' Won't Open Until 2016, But Its Sundance-Winning Director Has a New Film 'The Witch' Won't Open Until 2016, But Its Sundance-Winning Director Has a New Film Charles Aidikoff Screening Room Shutters: End of an Era for LA Critics? Charles Aidikoff Screening Room Shutters: End of an Era for LA Critics? How HBO's 'Ballers' Fails Sports Fans How HBO's 'Ballers' Fails Sports Fans Michael Moore Reveals Stealth NSA Project 'Where to Invade Next' on Periscope Michael Moore Reveals Stealth NSA Project 'Where to Invade Next' on Periscope Showtime Chief on David Lynch's 'Twin Peaks' Revival: "It's His Show" Showtime Chief on David Lynch's 'Twin Peaks' Revival: "It's His Show" Toronto Film Festival Lineup: What Did They Get? Toronto Film Festival Lineup: What Did They Get? Discover the Brothers Quay, Identical Twin Animators Who Inspired Christopher Nolan Discover the Brothers Quay, Identical Twin Animators Who Inspired Christopher Nolan Richard Linklater's Untitled New Film Pushed to 2016, Might Direct Jennifer Lawrence Movie Richard Linklater's Untitled New Film Pushed to 2016, Might Direct Jennifer Lawrence Movie Jill Soloway Says "There Is an All Out-Attack" on Female Filmmakers Jill Soloway Says "There Is an All Out-Attack" on Female Filmmakers 'Steve Jobs' Joins Fall Festival Contenders as NYFF Centerpiece Gala: What's Coming Up and What's Not (UPDATED) 'Steve Jobs' Joins Fall Festival Contenders as NYFF Centerpiece Gala: What's Coming Up and What's Not (UPDATED) Top 10 Takeaways: Holdover 'Ant-Man' Tops Blah Week, Summer Slot for 'Southpaw' Pays Off Top 10 Takeaways: Holdover 'Ant-Man' Tops Blah Week, Summer Slot for 'Southpaw' Pays Off Arthouse Audit: Is 'Phoenix' This Year's 'Ida'? 'Mr. Holmes' Stays Strong Arthouse Audit: Is 'Phoenix' This Year's 'Ida'? 'Mr. Holmes' Stays Strong Friday Box Office: Sandler's 'Pixels' Gets Mixed Response, 'Paper Towns,' 'Southpaw' Not Far Behind Friday Box Office: Sandler's 'Pixels' Gets Mixed Response, 'Paper Towns,' 'Southpaw' Not Far Behind Scott Foundas Explains Why He's Leaving Film Criticism--Again--for Amazon Studios Scott Foundas Explains Why He's Leaving Film Criticism--Again--for Amazon Studios Congrats to Monica Bellucci: She's Making History Congrats to Monica Bellucci: She's Making History Watch: The Secret Ingredient to David Lynch's Disorienting Cinema Watch: The Secret Ingredient to David Lynch's Disorienting Cinema First Look: 'No' Director Pablo Larraín Channels 'Neruda' with Gael García Bernal First Look: 'No' Director Pablo Larraín Channels 'Neruda' with Gael García Bernal Why Kevin Costner Paid for 'Black or White' (New Trailer, Sneak Preview Q & A) Why Kevin Costner Paid for 'Black or White' (New Trailer, Sneak Preview Q & A) Gabriel García Márquez and Akira Kurosawa Talk Film, Writing and 'Rhapsody in August' in 1991 Gabriel García Márquez and Akira Kurosawa Talk Film, Writing and 'Rhapsody in August' in 1991

Cruise, Kosinski Talk 'Oblivion' on New Featurette

Photo of Anne Thompson By Anne Thompson | Thompson on Hollywood March 14, 2013 at 8:19PM

I continue to be optimistic about the new Tom Cruise movie from Joseph Kosinski, sci-fi actioner "Oblivion," even though the director's debut film was 2010 "TRON: Legacy." Why the optimism? Well, given that it was the videogame pioneer's first film under a neophyte management team at Disney, he did OK.
0
Tom Cruise battles to save Earth in 'Oblivion.'
Tom Cruise battles to save Earth in 'Oblivion.'

I continue to be optimistic about the new Tom Cruise movie from Joseph Kosinski, sci-fi actioner "Oblivion," even though the director's debut film was 2010 "TRON: Legacy." Why the optimism? Well, given that it was the videogame pioneer's first film under a neophyte management team at Disney, he did OK.

He clearly has visual chops--aided here by "Life of Pi" Oscar-winning cinematographer Claudio Miranda. Kosinski wrote the graphic novel on which the movie is based with Arvid Nelson, and co-wrote the script with William Monahan ("The Departed"). Michael Arndt ("Toy Story 3," "Little Miss Sunshine") also reportedly gave the script a polish. Monahan and Arndt are both excellent scribes. Olga Kurylenko, Morgan Freeman, Andrea Riseborough and Melissa Leo also star. The parts of the film that weren't created in a computer were shot near Baton Rouge, Louisiana.

Check out the new featurette on Yahoo! Movies, with interviews with Cruise and Kosinski and clips from a visual effects spectacle; the first track from a score penned by French indie electronic group M83 was also released this week.

Slated for a wide release on April 19, “Oblivion” stars Cruise as Jack Harper, a soldier part of a “mop-up crew” on a post-apocalyptic, war-ravaged Earth. A “futuristic blue collar guy,” as Cruise puts it, Harper is one of the last humans remaining after an alien race half-destroyed the evacuated planet.

Watch the trailer for “Oblivion” below:


E-Mail Updates








Thompson on Hollywood

Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.