Original movie ideas are hard to come by these days. It seems like every movie is a prequel, a sequel, or a remake of previously released film. After all, why would you take a risk on a new intellectual property when you are pretty much guaranteed box office success with a proven product? Still, it is refreshing when original ideas are brought to the big screen, and Oblivion is one such film.
Tom Cruise stars in what could be the surprise hit of 2013’s busy film season. Oblivion’s story is set in the future, but it is still unknown how far. One thing is certain – Earth is a wasteland. Early images and trailers from the film reveal a war-ravaged world that is all but empty, save for the remnants of battle. According to the film’s official website, Tom Cruise is Jack Harper, one of few mechanics capable of repairing drones used in the war. His task is to gather information by picking apart the pieces left over from the past. In the process of his mission, however, things fall apart. Harper begins to discover secrets from Earth’s past and these secrets could threaten the future of mankind.
If early trailers are any indication, Oblivion will attempt to wow audiences with incredible visuals and thrilling action-sequences. The beautiful and mysterious sci-fi setting should appeal to fans of the genre, but a dramatic storyline could also draw a wider audience. If I had to draw a comparison, the film reminds me a bit of I am Legend, but there is also a bit of a Star Wars present. Time will tell, but this one has the look of a blockbuster.
The director of the film, Joseph Kosinski, pitched the idea for Oblivion to producers in 2007, and the idea was eventually made into a short graphic novel. The release of the novel has since been delayed to coincide with the movie’s release, which is scheduled for April 26th, 2013. Kosinski is most well-known for directing the recent Tron: Legacy, but Oblivion could prove even more successful. Apart from the aforementioned Tom Cruise, the cast includes Morgan Freeman (The Dark Knight Rises), Olga Kurylenko (Quantum of Solace), and Nikolaj Coster-Waldau (Game of Thrones).
Oblivion is also following the trend of blockbuster films being released in IMAX theaters. The stunning visuals and sprawling vistas shown in early trailers will no doubt take full advantage of IMAX capabilities. The film, like Peter Jackson’s recent film The Hobbit, is also being shot in 4k resolution, a relatively new development for the film industry. The goal of 4k resolution is to provide audiences with more detailed visuals while reducing the pixelation that is often common on larger screens. Very few films have used this new technology, but the future for 4k resolution is bright.
Oblivion is being distributed by Universal Pictures and has not yet received an MPAA rating. There have been no critical reviews of the film at the moment of this post, but look for more information over the coming months.
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Article written by Greg Meier