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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.
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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:


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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.