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UPDATED WITH TRAILER EMBED!! Tom Cruise Pulls WALL-E Duty In The First Trailer For Joseph Kosinski's OBLIVION!

Published at: Dec. 8, 2012, 10:40 p.m. CST by mrbeaks

Beaks here...

Universal has been rolling out bit and pieces of promotional material for Joseph Kosinski's OBLIVION this week, so it makes sense they'd cap it all off with the first theatrical trailer. The film stars Tom Cruise as a soldier charged with cleaning up what's left of Earth, which has been evacuated after some sort of alien invasion. He's two weeks away from wrapping up his mission when, wouldn't you know it, he stumbles across a band of survivors who aren't too keen on the idea of being abandoned.

Yes, there's an unmistakable hint of WALL-E here, and perhaps some I AM LEGEND, but Kosinski, as he did with TRON LEGACY, once again displays his gift for world-building. He's also working from a screenplay co-written with Academy Award winners William Monahan and Michael Arndt (and Karl Gajdusek, who wrote on the above-average, sadly-canceled LAST RESORT). I think Kosinski is a major talent in search of a great story. This is actually based on his own graphic novel (which I haven't read), and there certainly seems to be a great deal of potential here. I am afraid there might be a twist telegraphed in the trailer, but I can't imagine that's all there is to the film.

OBLIVION hits theaters on April 19, 2013. Looking forward to this one.

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  • Dec. 8, 2012, 10:45 p.m. CST

    first

    by Kevin

  • Dec. 8, 2012, 10:46 p.m. CST

    The Super Bowl remarks and Yankees cap seem very forced.

    by Stereotypical Evil Archer

  • Dec. 8, 2012, 10:47 p.m. CST

    Not enough running

    by The_Peej

    But seriously, call me intrigued. I just hope it isn't as obvious as the trailer makes it out to be.

  • Dec. 8, 2012, 10:49 p.m. CST

    Bush did it.

    by mgs316

  • Dec. 8, 2012, 10:53 p.m. CST

    trailer

    by Jared

    Certainly got my attention.

  • Dec. 8, 2012, 10:55 p.m. CST

    The only Tom Cruise movies I like are the sci-fi ones.

    by thefreshestthing

  • Dec. 8, 2012, 10:57 p.m. CST

    really?

    by Batmanster

    Wall E has the patent on things that look like legit science ficiton? I call bullshit on that. And I don't like Tom all that much, but ditto on the post above about his sci fi movies being good.

  • Dec. 8, 2012, 10:58 p.m. CST

    Tom "I need a 10" cock in my ass" Cruise

    by Cactusspade

  • Dec. 8, 2012, 10:58 p.m. CST

    Tom "I love to suck cock" Cruise

    by Cactusspade

  • Dec. 8, 2012, 10:59 p.m. CST

    Tom "I fuck young men" Cruise

    by Cactusspade

  • Dec. 8, 2012, 11:02 p.m. CST

    11th

    by Eric Hines

  • Dec. 8, 2012, 11:07 p.m. CST

    Stopped watching after 30secs. Sold. Looks great.

    by theneonsamurai

  • Dec. 8, 2012, 11:12 p.m. CST

    I've seen this trailer for a month now

    by Robert Hand

  • Dec. 8, 2012, 11:14 p.m. CST

    Poster was intriguing. Trailer sold me a matinee ticket.

    by tomandshell

  • Dec. 8, 2012, 11:19 p.m. CST

    this looks cool

    by AntonStark

    dumbed down, but cool

  • Dec. 8, 2012, 11:21 p.m. CST

    Love the trailer

    by Tacoloft

    sold! -I will be watching this in the theatre.

  • Dec. 8, 2012, 11:24 p.m. CST

    Syd Mead is excellent...

    by Grasscutter

    one of the greatest conceptualists of all time. If I got to make a big budget sci-fi film I'd borrow heavily from his designs, too.

  • Dec. 8, 2012, 11:27 p.m. CST

    Looks really cool!

    by batzilla

    I wish Tom wasn't such a weirdo but I do still like the guy. Which is strange. Anyways, let the hate begin. I sure feel sorry for people who just have to be so down on everything. Must suck to be a hater. I can't wait for this!

  • Dec. 8, 2012, 11:30 p.m. CST

    Looks good.

    by Deceased Fan

    Getting Morpheus vibe from Freeman.

  • Dec. 8, 2012, 11:41 p.m. CST

    Futures

    by Jeff

    It's great to see a trailer for another original, hard-hitting science fiction movie! The overall feel of "Oblivion" definitely got my attention. Earth, but massively different than it is now, with all kinds of futuristic architecture and landscapes. Even Cruise looks okay in this. One aspect of the trailer that really got my attention was the specific, well-developed reason Earth looks wasted: there was a war with fucking aliens that we only sort of won. Sweet! Very Stephen Baxter, hard science fiction inspired stuff. This is the shit I've waited years to see, in all honesty. Science fiction writers, classic to modern, create and examine world-changing ideas like this all the time, with some seriously mind-bending examinations of the future. I love that Kosinski went there. Can't wait to see this now.

  • Mixed in with Cruise's patented "I'm putting 750% into my acting goddammit" technique

  • Dec. 8, 2012, 11:43 p.m. CST

    Cactus spade, your life is pathetic

    by john

  • Dec. 8, 2012, 11:45 p.m. CST

    I've seen the trailer of Oblivion for about a minute now.

    by Shermdawg

    Looks alright.

  • Dec. 8, 2012, 11:46 p.m. CST

    April dumping ground = the studio smells a turd

    by MoaKaka

    They moved it from July to April. That says a LOT.

  • Dec. 8, 2012, 11:49 p.m. CST

    Will not pay a dime to go see it, or rent it.

    by MasterControlProgram

    Since Morgan Freeman thinks that white people are so racist why should I continue to line his pockets. I would imagine he does not want a white person's money either. Right? -- End of Line --

  • Dec. 8, 2012, 11:55 p.m. CST

    i like it...i really do

    by Norman Colson

  • Dec. 8, 2012, 11:58 p.m. CST

    hmm

    by KGersen

    like the design work, yes the Yankees stuff seems bit forced, but will have to check it out. My guess from the trailer: It was humans that fucked up the Earth, the aliens were either scapegoats / arrived to stop humans from more damage / are mutated humans, and there's been a cover-up from above.

  • Dec. 9, 2012, 12:07 a.m. CST

    I saw a city in the clouds.

    by Brian Hopper

    Stunning. Its refreshing to see there's a SF film with its own look and feel. Kosinski whiffed badly in Tron Legacy (I was SO revved up to see that, but it was brought down by its truly awful script), but I'm giving him the benefit of the doubt on this one. Can't wait.

  • Dec. 9, 2012, 12:14 a.m. CST

    good story

    by dioxholsters_scion

    seems like a good sci-fi story to me, problem is that as often sci-fi of this nature does, relies too much on the final act.

  • Dec. 9, 2012, 12:25 a.m. CST

    Someone should cut a Jack Reacher / Oblivion mashup trailer.

    by Scott Sullivan

    Two characters with pretty much the same name played by Cruise in pretty much the same way.

  • Dec. 9, 2012, 12:29 a.m. CST

    looks interesting.

    by vulturess

    xcept for the whole tom cruise part. ugh.

  • Dec. 9, 2012, 12:32 a.m. CST

    cactusspade seems awfully obsessed with cock

    by bohdi71

  • Dec. 9, 2012, 12:32 a.m. CST

    Great trailer tho, I'm in.

    by bohdi71

  • Dec. 9, 2012, 12:40 a.m. CST

    It's refreshing to see a SF movie not based on a comic book

    by lord Baul

    Or an old series or a remake of a cult movie. Having said that this seems cliché ridden. Also it looks insanely cool. Will see it in the movie theater.

  • Dec. 9, 2012, 12:41 a.m. CST

    Look, Tom Cruise is a great movie star.

    by Brian Hopper

    He really is one of the few Gen X actors left who knows how to be a star, and who can carry a movie the way movie stars of the past did. I give him a lot of credit for trying interesting material and for delivering solid performances in quite a few top-notch films (Risky Business, Jerry Maguire, Collateral, Minority Report, among others), and ALWAYS surrounding himself with and working with superior talent. Is he a whack job in his personal life? Totally. But otherwise, I'm always kind of interested in what he's doing. We'll see how it turns out, but Oblivion looks like a must-see to me.

  • WALL-E is absolutely brilliant sci-fi, and other than a few APPLE-inspired white designs and the idea of a dead planet, there is really *nothing* here that is "unmistakably" Wall-E. This smacks of ridiculous simplification to sound smart. You can do better than this, Beaks.

  • & Cruisy has a love for sci-fi Genre, & this is pretty fantasy futuristic stuff for him too. Definitely giving this & his All You Need is Kill a chance to win over my fantasy geek movie Genre heart!

  • Dec. 9, 2012, 12:48 a.m. CST

    "Kosinski whiffed badly in Tron Legacy..."

    by D.Vader

    "... (I was SO revved up to see that, but it was brought down by its truly awful script)" Yeah, bc that was his fault.

  • Dec. 9, 2012, 12:54 a.m. CST

    It's a nice looking trailer...

    by bubcus

    ... has my interest piqued.

  • Dec. 9, 2012, 12:56 a.m. CST

    @vader I was trying to let Kosinski off the hook

    by Brian Hopper

    there a bit by pointing out how bad the script sucked. Wasn't that clear? Kosinski deserves a lot of credit for the TL eye candy, even though the movie he directed was awful.

  • Pretty much all the detractors (and I am not one of them) agree that the worst part of that movie was the script, not the visuals or the direction. That's just a lame attempt at trying to look critically cool.

  • Dec. 9, 2012, 1 a.m. CST

    Sorry M6y, I didn't get that

    by D.Vader

    I thought by saying he whiffled and then criticizing the script you were tying the two elements together. My bad!

  • Dec. 9, 2012, 1:01 a.m. CST

    I’ve seen JACK HARPER for about a month now.

    by Mace Tofu

    It's like THE OUTLAW JOSEY WALES in space.

  • Dec. 9, 2012, 1:11 a.m. CST

    ranxerox999 - This was a comic first

    by schlockthemonkey

    Look it up, Published by Radical Boooks abck in 2005 or so.

  • I can't see this not making a shitload of dough...

  • Dec. 9, 2012, 1:36 a.m. CST

    This kind of sci-fi i can get behind but fuck the new trek

    by dioxholsters_scion

  • Dec. 9, 2012, 1:42 a.m. CST

    @schlockthemonkey you're completely right.

    by lord Baul

    My bad. Nevermind what I said. Then this is only another example of the hollywood decadence. How is it possible that among so many writers in HW there is not a single original story? Prequels, sequels, remakes and adaptations... I'm still seeing it, though.

  • Dec. 9, 2012, 1:48 a.m. CST

    Moon > Oblivion

    by CodeName

  • Dec. 9, 2012, 1:50 a.m. CST

    Looks Great!!!

    by Media Messiah

    Great work Tom, as always, but even better this time!!!!

  • Dec. 9, 2012, 1:58 a.m. CST

    mastercontrolprogram

    by boyalien

    Nice logic. I love how racists make racism logical by saying the other party is being racist. You're looking for an excuse to hate black people because you already do. Go fuck yourself and drink a cup o' drano, you worthless fucking piece of nothing.

  • ...it absolutely guarantees that my ass will be in the theater. I could watch that woman sleep for two hours.

  • Dec. 9, 2012, 2:07 a.m. CST

    Tom Cruise at his Tom-Cruise-iest!

    by ReportAbuse

    Tom Cruise really brings the Tom Cruisiness to this one!

  • Dec. 9, 2012, 2:10 a.m. CST

    Tom Cruise plays a cocky hotshot who finds himself in over his head

    by ReportAbuse

    Until taken under the wing of mysterious, wise old black mentor Morgan Freeman. But ... is Freeman hiding something? What starts off as a routine assignment may just turn out to be more than meets the eye! Has Tom Cruise finally met his match? And what timely lessons will be learned by all of this? See it in 3-D!

  • Dec. 9, 2012, 2:31 a.m. CST

    I've seen Oblivion trailer for about a month now.

    by gruemanlives

  • Dec. 9, 2012, 2:35 a.m. CST

    holy heck does that trailer show everything.

    by cheekerpot

    First contact with this movie came yesterday in the form of a poster for me, now I've seen the movie :s

  • Dec. 9, 2012, 2:49 a.m. CST

    Please...

    by Mechasheeva

    Looks great. Please oh please, be that sci-fi movie the Prometheus so very nearly was. We need a classic in this genre, soon.

  • Dec. 9, 2012, 3:34 a.m. CST

    WALL·E is a rip-off of Zelazny's "For a Breath I Tarry."

    by Dingbatty

    Some skiffy fans you are.

  • Dec. 9, 2012, 3:35 a.m. CST

    Quicktime sucks. Please just use Youtube links

    by happybunni

    Why do I want to install a program wanting continuous updates when I can just goto Youtube?

  • Dec. 9, 2012, 3:52 a.m. CST

    Poor trailer

    by DonRivella

    The trailer really makes this movie looks like a mix of Wall-E and I am legend, plus generic sound effects and lame editing. Hard to get a feeling about the finished movie from this, but it does not appear to be even remotely realistic or aimed at a thinking audience, but I would not mind to be positively surprised. Also, I hope the CGI is not finished, it looks very poor.

  • Dec. 9, 2012, 4:05 a.m. CST

    I can imagine the M83 soundtrack already

    by gerry derboven

    This will be a cool sf movie, not some tentpole extravaganza. I can watch Tron Legacy 5 times a year just for the visuals and the music so i,m really looking forward to this! I can never have enough sci fi, simple as that.

  • Dec. 9, 2012, 4:13 a.m. CST

    stopped watching halfway through, already sold

    by Righteous Brother

    Looks kind of like a 70's sci-fi film but with modern sfx.

  • ...seriously, Tron Legacy was god awful; the worst film of that year easily.

  • Dec. 9, 2012, 4:19 a.m. CST

    Tom Cruise is great in animation

    by thelordofhell

    He was amazing in Aladdin

  • Dec. 9, 2012, 4:51 a.m. CST

    I liked Tron Legacy quite a bit

    by Bass Ackwards

    But I also can recognize the weaknesses in the story. This flick looks kind of interesting, lots of generic (underground army adorned in black leather and shades?), but maybe the teaser is the worst of it. The writing team on this one doesn't give me much hope though, Monahan seems to be the go-to guy to write dry, flat scripts adapting other people's work, and while Karl Gajdusek might have Last Resort under his belt, he also has Trespass as an example of the kind of stuff he makes when he doesn't have a writing staff and Shawn Ryan supporting him, and Arndt's Little Miss Sunshine was clunky indie pandering mainly succeeding by having an excellent cast. Hopefully Kosinski's source material is just sparkling, because these 3 don't strike me as the kind of writers who seek to elevate adapted scripts so much as just complete them.

  • Dec. 9, 2012, 4:57 a.m. CST

    @ hardboiled wonderland REALLY CLOWN?

    by skepticass

    you saw influences to elysium, a film that you have not seen, in this trailer, to a film you have not seen? sometimes the pretense really does know no bounds

  • Dec. 9, 2012, 4:57 a.m. CST

    Has this site reviewed Skyfall yet?.......

    by cameron

    ..Maybe i missed it, i can't think of a reason why they ignore it.

  • Dec. 9, 2012, 5:26 a.m. CST

    earth is a memory

    by JAMF

    let me guess how this story ends....

  • Dec. 9, 2012, 5:48 a.m. CST

    No one bangs Olga. Not even James Bond

    by Rtobert

    Or Mark Wahlberg in Max Payne. Or a Roman Centurion. It' in her contract.

  • Dec. 9, 2012, 6:07 a.m. CST

    Looks fun but 'Jack Harper'? Really?

    by chronicallydepressedlemming

    Could that name be any more generic?

  • Dec. 9, 2012, 6:17 a.m. CST

    Influences of Elysium? Come on, let's not get carried away...

    by D.Vader

    Because that's ridiculous.

  • Dec. 9, 2012, 6:42 a.m. CST

    quite like tron legacy

    by niven

    I can imagine this having quite a thin plot, and not much meat on it's bones, but i expect the m83 score and the visuals to turn this into a pretty exciting and entertaining fare. Kosinski looks to be the guy who is all visual flair and slick directorial style, but someone who needs a great writer to push him to greatness. I could be wrong and this film could be insanely good in the writing dept.

  • Trailer looks good isn't he called Jack in another film

  • Dec. 9, 2012, 6:52 a.m. CST

    so quick to criticise..

    by misnomer

    I've been writing a graphic novel for, like a year and half and have been banging my head against a wall in the process. Theres no way you can judge the strength of this story on that trailer. The only alarm-bell for me is that the characters called Jack. That's a big no according to what I've read. Instant heroism.

  • Dec. 9, 2012, 6:58 a.m. CST

    ...my point is...

    by misnomer

    everythings been done. Everything. So for people to bring up A.I, WALL-E etc..those screenplays don't have a monopoly on the apocalypse. It's what you do with the apocalypse that counts. Stories rely on an element of isolation/soul-searching and the apocalypse gives writers that tool. It's a back-drop, nothing more.

  • Dec. 9, 2012, 7:10 a.m. CST

    I've seen Olga Kurylenko for abouy a month now

    by lv_426

    God damn, wouldn't that be fantastic!

  • Dec. 9, 2012, 7:11 a.m. CST

    about a month, not abouy a month

    by lv_426

  • Dec. 9, 2012, 7:14 a.m. CST

    3 Jacks for Tom Cruise

    by lv_426

    1) Jack O' The Green (Legend) 2) Jack Reacher 3) Jack Harper (Oblivion) Perhaps he'll have a cameo in Jack Ass Part IV next?

  • Dec. 9, 2012, 7:17 a.m. CST

    We should be thankful to Cruise

    by bf skinner

    For being a sci-fi fan. He very nearly got ATMOM made, he's doing All You Need Is Kill, he is one of the few actors that can get big budget SF projects off the ground. I don't give two shits about his private life. He's a scientologist, he's gay, he's anti-psychiatry - who gives a shit? He loves nerdy projects and that's all that fucking matters.

  • Dec. 9, 2012, 7:23 a.m. CST

    I guess the trick is.....

    by even9

    How to do a sci-fi/fantasy film that at it's core is either thematicially or narratively (depending on what type of film it is) a jigsaw puzzle to work out wat it's story is, while at the same time, having another story that is not that story but which gives a, for the most part, satisfactory conclusion to the trip of the movie for people while at the same time, for people who really really like the movie, leaving them a clue that it's not quite the whole monty as the chink of the trip involved in that type of fandom serves as the clue for the solidifying of the shapeshifting puzzle piece underneath. & Oblivion could be one of those type of movies. which when they happen, usually eclipse the initial trip, which has to be pretty darn good in the first place for it to lead ya on. & that 'can' be the fun of the high jinx of the sci-fi/fantasy Genre although there are other kinds of fun in at too to this movie geek.

  • Dec. 9, 2012, 7:29 a.m. CST

    Tom Cruise looks terribly miscast here.

    by jamesonian

  • Dec. 9, 2012, 7:31 a.m. CST

    Um...

    by Jeff

    For those comparing this to Wall-E or Elysium: *In Wall E, a droid lives on a pollution-stinking Earth, where a more advanced droid returns to determine whether very fat humans could return. In Oblivion, a rather fit man and woman seem to be tagging the last remains of an alien war-leveled Earth before leaving. To sum up: one scenario is Earth piled high with garbage, the other is a post-alien war scorched planet. Similar? No. *In Elysium, which we've only read the most general description of, millions of humans still live on Earth as well as on a massive, rich-persons space station. In Oblivion, again, a man and a woman are tagging the last remains of an alien war-leveled Earth before leaving. Similar? Even less so. Please smoke less pot before posting.

  • Dec. 9, 2012, 7:40 a.m. CST

    Yankees SUCK

    by gusradio

    Go Tigers!

  • Dec. 9, 2012, 7:47 a.m. CST

    Re: even9

    by Jeff

    I admire your attempt to describe the type of film you think Oblivion is. Unfortunately, even after reading your post 9 times (see what I did there?) I have no idea what you wrote. Please smoke less pot before posting.

  • Dec. 9, 2012, 7:49 a.m. CST

    Normally i struggle to enjoy Cruise's films

    by lookylookymoontard

    But he kind of won me over with War of the Worlds,it was refreshing seeing him play a asshole,Valkeryie again was a good performance. I no longer dismiss stuff he's in straight off the bat so I'll check this out

  • Dec. 9, 2012, 7:54 a.m. CST

    Looks like an interesting movie

    by David Duchovny

    but Cruise for some reason sticks out like a sore thumb.

  • Dec. 9, 2012, 8 a.m. CST

    In my first viewing of the trailer..

    by TinDrummer

    I thought the first half looked great, and the second half really dissapointing. Then I saw the thing again a couple of hours later, with less anticipation, and I dug the whole thing. It simply looks superb.. and fresh! I've been seeing myself reviewing this for a month now.

  • Dec. 9, 2012, 8:01 a.m. CST

    So Tom's character... *PROBABLE SPOILERS*

    by tangcameo

    Is working for the conquering aliens and either doesn't know it or has mentally blocked that fact out by reminiscing about the good old days as he repairs the machines that hunt the few remaining humans down. And when he finds the pod with the woman in it, that's the real humans and he starts realizing his coworkers/bosses are the aliens?

  • Dec. 9, 2012, 8:07 a.m. CST

    Re:cobbelius

    by even9

    your post is funny, & i'm flattered(in some way) you read my post nine times, thank you.

  • Dec. 9, 2012, 8:13 a.m. CST

    Tom Cruise must have the best agent in the biz.

    by tradeskilz

    Cruise always seem to land roles in interesting movies. Cruise has a LOT of sci/fi cred to his name.

  • Dec. 9, 2012, 8:28 a.m. CST

    Is. It? Better THAN. Jack, Reacher!

    by dylan alvord

  • Dec. 9, 2012, 8:32 a.m. CST

    M83 composing the score for this is a cool idea

    by lv_426

    but they should have hired Com Truise instead.

  • Tom Cruise is really Tom Cruisin' it up in the first 30 seconds. That's okay because he's fucking great and as mentioned upthread, can be at his best in sci-fi.

  • Dec. 9, 2012, 8:39 a.m. CST

    Kosinski is a major visual talent...

    by SK229

    I'd actually rather see him tackle a chapter of Star Wars than pretty much any of the directors names being volleyed around. He needs to work a little more on story (but not much) and a tad more on performances. I think Tron: Legacy was genuinely trying to do something great and didn't feel cynical like I feel J.J.'s movies can be, and even Vaughn's... Kosinski just needs better scripts and to get a better grounding in directing actors and I think he could be the director of our next Empire Strikes Back. I have to wait to see Elysium to see if Blomkamp can tell a story that way too. But I think they have in common something that everyone else is lacking: earnestness. They mean it. The admittedly few films they've done are not loaded up with shitty humor and irony. What there is grows out of the situation, so that when it gets dark, you're not flashing back to Kirk's swollen hands or the stupid fucking borderline sitcom plotting of Abrams, Kurzci, and Orcman. Anyway, I think there was a great basic story to Tron: Legacy, it just needed a better script and it also needed to have a lot more tension in the middle section of the movie. If it's on tv, I leave it on, without failure, because the visual direction is perfect and awe-inspiring. He actually reminds me a little of early Lucas... clean lines, beautiful frames, no A.D.D. editing. Plus, the soundtrack, imho, was NOT a safe bet. It turned out to be absolutely brilliant and I think it was robbed for the Oscar by Reznor and his simplistic navel pickings. Clint Mansell does what Reznor tries to do about a thousand times better with more complexity and heart. I don't even dislike his music for Social Network, but it's not the best of that type by far.

  • Dec. 9, 2012, 8:47 a.m. CST

    Looks cool, but I a so sick of 'monster' aliens

    by DoctorZoidberg

    Naked or with body armor indiscernible from nakedness. Copious secretions. Growls for language. As fast and as strong as a panther. So fucking played, and not ever likely to be the manifestations of an intelligent spacefaring civilization.

  • You evacuate places, not people (unless you are talking about pooping). Also, while I'm being pedantic... In the Prometheus special feature where he's giving a TED talk, Guy Pearce uses the term, "begs the question" completely incorrectly... at a motherfuckin' TED talk. Most of the world uses it incorrectly to the point where it has completely lost its original meaning. Learn what it means before it's lost forever!!!

  • And the monsters with glowy eyes seem a bit cheesy to me. Might turn out to be good, but it looks like it lacks any 'hook' that would draw in wide audiences. I'm thinking it'll top out at about $120M domestically, and maybe $280M worldwide, because Cruise is still pretty popular abroad.

  • Dec. 9, 2012, 10:19 a.m. CST

    Looks good, looks intriguing, still skeptical

    by James_Camera_On

    The movie cost well north of $100 million and it looks like it is all on the screen. In other news, Morgan Freeman is a bad sign. You know he's going to get into his all-knowing, morally-disapproving, Magic-Negro-I'm-here-to-help-the-violent-not-too-bright-white-guy (a.k.a. God) schtick and it's just been done to death. Do not want. As for Wall-E, half of it (the good half) was ripped off of Idiocracy. I doubt this movie will be that good or that much fun. But who knows? Here's hoping, and hope is all movie goers have left. Hmmmm, kind of sounds like Pandora's Box.

  • And I'm still stumped by the praise for the director of Tron Legacy. SUCH a disappointing film and the 'world building' for that film is terribly overrated. More missed opportunities than successes.

  • Dec. 9, 2012, 10:37 a.m. CST

    So let me guess: Cruise is unknowingly working for the aliens

    by Dr Lizardo

    And Freeman's bunch are the real human survivors. Just a guess.

  • Dec. 9, 2012, 10:39 a.m. CST

    Tron Legacy > Avengers.

    by Gary Makin

  • Dec. 9, 2012, 10:40 a.m. CST

    Olga got banged in that Hitman movie...

    by milla jovovich

    so there goes that theory.

  • Dec. 9, 2012, 10:46 a.m. CST

    Morgan "Morpheus" Freeman

    by rsdrum

    apparently makes an appearance

  • Dec. 9, 2012, 10:56 a.m. CST

    Tron Legacy wishes it was > than Avengers

    by J.B.M.A.

    Instead it's a weaksauce movie that fails to live up to an interesting premise and squanders all it's goodwill on terrible casting, a meaningless script and some confusingly mundane effects work. But don't worry - rubber costumes are cooooool...!

  • Dec. 9, 2012, 10:56 a.m. CST

    re: "No one bangs Olga. It's in her contract."

    by buggerbugger

    I'm pretty sure she got well and truly naked kinky-bondage banged as recently as 2006 in 'Le Serpent'. Must've been in her earlier 'naked kinky bondage' contract days.

  • Dec. 9, 2012, 10:57 a.m. CST

    looks like shit

    by Robert Hand

    bored after 30 seconds.

  • You'll see.

  • Dec. 9, 2012, 11:06 a.m. CST

    Tom Cruise is an alien

    by Robert Hand

    FACT!

  • Dec. 9, 2012, 11:07 a.m. CST

    So Morgan Freeman is the good guy side, right? He's always the good guy.

    by KoolerThanJesus

    I hope the twist isn't like Moon, but that's what it looks like.

  • Dec. 9, 2012, 11:19 a.m. CST

    cactusspade

    by DrMorbius

    Nice to know you have at least 3 things in common with Tom Cruise!

  • Dec. 9, 2012, 11:29 a.m. CST

    Correction: Avengers won't be forgotten in 10 years.

    by Gary Makin

    It is forgettable though.

  • Dec. 9, 2012, 11:46 a.m. CST

    @koolerthanjesus - Morgan Freeman

    by Jonathan

    Morgan Freeman played a bad guy in the terrible movie where they were bending bullets.

  • Dec. 9, 2012, 11:57 a.m. CST

    Vanilla Sky-Fy

    by DC Films

    I'm guessing it's all a simulation to keep him happy , since he's the last person left alive. Just like Vanilla Sky. Hoping not.

  • Dec. 9, 2012, 12:05 p.m. CST

    That looks pretty entertaining

    by Wcwlkr

    I'm down, I remain a Cruise fan. I couldn't care less about the guy's personal life. He makes damn fine films.

  • Dec. 9, 2012, 12:07 p.m. CST

    alienfanatic

    by Baryonyx

    Are you kidding?! You can tell what this story is going to be about: the trailer pretty much gives away the big twist.

  • Dec. 9, 2012, 12:12 p.m. CST

    wcwlkr

    by Robert Hand

    Tom Cruise is dangerous just like the radical, violent religious cult he belongs to. Don't be a sheep.

  • Dec. 9, 2012, 12:34 p.m. CST

    j.b.m.a. You just described The Avengers to the letter!

    by Quake II

    --a meaningless script and some confusingly mundane effects work-- That's what you thought of Tron Legacy? Funny, that's EXACTLY how I felt walking out of the paint-by-numbers Avengers. Avengers brought NOTHING to the superhero genre except for a crowd of costumed heroes we all love separately working together. Bland enemy threat, sometimes sloppy CGI effects and a script that was more comedy than drama. I was expecting a laugh track every time a joke was told. Iron Man 1 is a FAR better film than The Avengers.

  • Dec. 9, 2012, 12:57 p.m. CST

    Looks Great!! I will see this!!

    by William Foley

  • Dec. 9, 2012, 1:28 p.m. CST

    Quicktime= Go to Youtube. Looks good though

    by Mandolorian

  • Dec. 9, 2012, 1:35 p.m. CST

    Re: unparanoid android

    by SK229

    EXACTLY. Was gonna post the same thing about Cruise. Who GIVES a shit about his personal life if he's getting movies like this made. And do you have ANY FUCKING IDEA how many people in his cadre of hangers-on probably argue against doing stuff like this? Or the cameo in Tropic Thunder? The fact that he uses his clout to get a movie like this made from a director coming off of the Tron sequel? Clearly he saw the directorial promise cause he's super intelligent like that (Brad Pitt can be too) and figured he'd give it a whirl. As a result, Kosinski gets to attempt some original sci-fi on a grand scale.

  • his range is limited he has only not played himself in two movies and he is an evil scientologist

  • Dec. 9, 2012, 1:40 p.m. CST

    Why do trailers use "from the producers of"

    by sunwukong86

    mainstream movie audience doesn't know what a producer does

  • you can all stay home now

  • And if he used his clout to get this movie made, good for him. Hollywood doesn't exactly green-light pure science fiction movies unless they're directed or produced by Spielberg. Cruise probably saw the potential Kosinski has (architect degree, associate professor or architecture) and wanted to see his visual style come to life unrestricted. This is 100% Kosinski's baby with no Disney and toy marketing involment. His story, his designs, his movie.

  • Dec. 9, 2012, 2:18 p.m. CST

    Re: waltkovacs

    by SK229

    As Ebert likes to say, "It's not what a story is about but how it's about it."

  • Dec. 9, 2012, 2:22 p.m. CST

    Cruise looks young as fuck, like holy shit.

    by Randy

    The dude is 50 and easily could pass for ten years younger.

  • Dec. 9, 2012, 2:25 p.m. CST

    Sorry, wait, did someone say Cruise is in generation X?!

    by Drath

    Somehow I didn't think that label applied to people born in the 60s. 70s, sure. Wait, are we even labeling generations anymore? I never noticed "Generation Z" appearing into the pop culture lexicon. Oh yeah, this looks nice. Lots of imagery I'm used to seeing in Sci-Fi art for years, and I'm sorry it's now tied to Crazy Cruise now, but at least it's in motion. Seems like an obvious twist that Cruise and his partner aren't actually working for surviving humanity after all, though if he's still human or like an alien-bred clone is not clear. Why would the aliens, if there ARE evil aliens, needs a human or human/clone to do what he's doing? Whatever, seems like a fun way to spend a few hours at least.

  • Dec. 9, 2012, 2:26 p.m. CST

    Tusken Raider shot at 1:54

    by 3D-Man

    Pretty cool.

  • Dec. 9, 2012, 2:31 p.m. CST

    Always been a fan of Cruise the movie star

    by amrisharmpit

    Yeah, his personal life is whacked and I don't agree with his views, but the guy has made consistently entertaining movies. He cares a lot about the end product that goes up on the screen. He has always been willing to work with a wide variety of directors, and the fact that he's clearly a sci-fi fan makes him ok in my book. I am looking forward to Oblivion as well as his next sci-fi film, All You Need Is Kill.

  • Personally I prefer the costumes from 1981 which looked like sort of electronic skins. The 2010 costumes just look like motorcycle gear with EL tape laid in (that is what they are). And despite loving the look of TRON LEGACY's effects, I prefer the look of the effects in the original. It is completely unique. There is no other movie that looks like TRON from 1981. LEGACY just does not set itself apart that way.

  • I have never understood people's distaste for Quicktime. Get a computer with adequate RAM.

  • Dec. 9, 2012, 2:54 p.m. CST

    another movie released in IMAX that was not shot for IMAX

    by cgih8r

    what's the point? aside from just higher priced tickets?

  • Dec. 9, 2012, 2:57 p.m. CST

    drath, generation X is the children of baby boomers

    by Autodidact

    So it starts at about 1963/64 and goes to the early 80s.

  • Dec. 9, 2012, 3:27 p.m. CST

    I will not pay to see any movie Tom Cruise is in ...

    by evilhoban

    ...he's an annoyingly terrible pixie of an actor who struggles in any role he can't smile and charm his way through. I really don't understand this site. People are obviously going to disagree and debate with each other (which is always entertaining), but I can't help notice that many opinions in talk-backs/reviews have seemed more planted than normal. I usually dismissed the "planting" as more paranoia than anything, but it's horrendously obvious (Jack Reacher). What the Hell?!

  • Dec. 9, 2012, 3:28 p.m. CST

    Cruise is The King of Hollywood

    by rakesh patel

    Movie looks good. Hit!

  • Dec. 9, 2012, 3:34 p.m. CST

    Mr. X....

    by evilhoban

    Is it the 90's again? Lately, the box office disagrees with you...

  • Dec. 9, 2012, 3:48 p.m. CST

    Evilhoban...

    by Fritzlorrerains

    Cruises last starting effort, ghost protocol, was a massive worldwide success. The facts disagree with you.

  • Dec. 9, 2012, 3:51 p.m. CST

    Rock of Ages, Knight and Day, Valkrie...*cough*

    by evilhoban

  • Dec. 9, 2012, 4:05 p.m. CST

    the twist

    by TOKANDO

    spoilers spoilers spoilers spoilers tom is unwittingly repairing the drones for the aliens to wipe out the remaining humans

  • Dec. 9, 2012, 4:22 p.m. CST

    Slipstream!

    by fauns_bass_1

    Starring Mark Hammill... looks kinda similar.

  • Dec. 9, 2012, 5:12 p.m. CST

    Why do some people here try to spoil the film?

    by TinDrummer

    What do you have to gain from that? TELL ME!

  • Dec. 9, 2012, 5:22 p.m. CST

    This film looks drier than an overcooked turkey.

    by SunTzu77

  • Dec. 9, 2012, 5:25 p.m. CST

    tindrummer

    by TOKANDO

    it's just an assumption

  • Dec. 9, 2012, 5:28 p.m. CST

    I've seen gooseflesh emerger from water for about a month now

    by animatronicmojo

    ...looks alright- although the major plot points are pretty well covered by this exposition heavy trailer, and that tweeeest is pretty well telegraphed, man! Whatever happened to building mystery and intrigue in Sci-Fi trailers? It's almost like after Prometheus they have to spell it out: "One man will discover a a plot that YOU can UNDERSTAND, because answers will be SPOON-FED to him and you in the end!" <BR> Also, Tom should do a 90-minute film in real-time- where he just. keeps. sprinting. Seriously. One, 90-minute, non-stop sprint. Maybe it could be about some messenger in ancient Greece who must sprint to warn of an impending invasion or something.

  • Dec. 9, 2012, 5:28 p.m. CST

    This film is called OBLIVION....

    by John Walker

    ...and after you see it, you’ll know the name and what it stands for.

  • Dec. 9, 2012, 5:42 p.m. CST

    Quake

    by J.B.M.A.

    Iron Man is indeed a superior film to Avengers, though that strikes me as a somewhat unfair comparison given that the first Iron Man is an almost perfectly pitched movie experience. I thoroughly enjoyed Avengers and found it enormous fun. Personally I liked the witty script, though I concur that the bad guys were somewhat generic (even Loki). None of this makes Tron Legacy a better film. It's a complete waste of the premise set up by the original and despite all the flim-flam talked on here about 'visionary' design and 'epic world building' it in fact has very little of either, updating The Matrix's disco-goth for it's costumes and pinching from a myriad of sci-fi art books for it's Bladerunner-esque cityscape. The original Tron attempted to translate the 'look' of computer graphics into it's vehicles, environment and even the slightly shonky costumes and struggled gamely with the limits of the technology available at the time. Tron Legacy presents us with guys in fetish rubber and a fantasy world that for the most part fails to look remotely computer based but instead appears entirely real. Why? This is a total waste of an opportunity to really go nuts with all the toys that current filmmakers enjoy. It's no fun having the Solar Sailor in the film if it now looks like a series of shipping crates tacked togther or the Recognizers if they now resemble entirely solid, alien spacecraft. It staggers me that years after the fact they managed to produce a lightcycle race that is actually LESS thrilling than the original!!!!! And then have an original cycle turn up and have NOBODY DRIVE IT PROPERLY!!! Add the almost brain-hurtingly bad acting of the lead, the terrible script and yes - a really dull bad guy in KLU (clever idea - doesn't work at all) and you have a raw turkey that should have been perfect hog roast. There are bits of it I can enjoy (the soundtrack is superb) and some of the visuals are plenty pretty, but it just could have been so, SO much more. Oh, and points off for Micheal Sheen as a scenery chewing albino...

  • Dec. 9, 2012, 5:44 p.m. CST

    Is Gravity ever going to get released?

    by mr.underwater

    Only somewhat related.

  • Dec. 9, 2012, 6:06 p.m. CST

    tokando

    by TinDrummer

    Ah, good to hear. I know the script is circulating out there in internet land, so one has to thread lightly...

  • Dec. 9, 2012, 6:33 p.m. CST

    Dead Eye Jeff Bridges...

    by ThisBethesdaSea

    Is, in part what made Tron Legacy a little ridiculous. Yes....the script was awful...Garret Hedlund's character was poorly realized....some of the sets looked like a backlot....

  • fuk off

  • Dec. 9, 2012, 7:44 p.m. CST

    @Mr.underwater October 18. And that is not a joke.

    by lox4444

  • Dec. 9, 2012, 8:07 p.m. CST

    I've seen this talkback for about a month now.

    by Brian Hopper

  • Dec. 9, 2012, 8:37 p.m. CST

    Tommy Boy

    by GWARHOL

    Like him or not, he is a great leading man who has the ability to command many different types of audiences and has happened to have starred in more than a few films worthy of mention in the annals of film history. Cue annals jokes.

  • Dec. 9, 2012, 8:49 p.m. CST

    Jack Harper - lol

    by Mel

    what a name haah

  • Dec. 9, 2012, 9:01 p.m. CST

    Is he like Kane...from Kung Fu...Having adventures?

    by Barnald

  • Dec. 9, 2012, 9:49 p.m. CST

    But will I know the name Jack Harper, and what it means?

    by lox4444

  • Dec. 9, 2012, 9:53 p.m. CST

    @sk229

    by labcreature

    You are so right.

  • Dec. 9, 2012, 9:55 p.m. CST

    Hmmm..

    by KevinMuller

    I think they are tailoring the trailer to be very action orientated. I can see this film maybe be very deep and Cruise turning in a worthy performance. It seems the trailer is going to pull one over on us.

  • A co-worker's niece is a massage therapist in Telluride, and Cruise was one of her clients. She and her husband wanted to adopt a baby, but couldn't afford to, so he paid for them to be able to do it. So yeah, he can be weird, but that's not all there is to him.

  • Dec. 9, 2012, 11:12 p.m. CST

    Tom Cruise

    by Wu-tan Monkey

    I like that crazy motherfucker. The whack job has starred in some great movies, he always give 100% to his running scenes and does his own stunts. Sure he's a bit nuts with his beliefs... but hey, he's more interesting, love him or hate him, than the latest batch of hollyweird douche bags.

  • and this looks like it could be a good one

  • Dec. 10, 2012, 1:35 a.m. CST

    Looks great, can't wait for the remake

    by Scarecrow237

    I'll watch the remake, because that film won't have Tom Cruise in it. I won't put money in the pocket of Tom Cruise.

  • Dec. 10, 2012, 2:19 a.m. CST

    Ourg, this looks terribly ...

    by Kieranp

    ... bad and boring. Nothing and Tom Cruise is really starting to get old and not in a good way.

  • Dec. 10, 2012, 3:03 a.m. CST

    Is Xenu in Oblivion?

    by SunTzu77

  • Maybe I'm just an old troll, but why can't Hollywood conceptualise futuristic planes/cars etc that show at least some respect for the laws of physics and practicality?

  • Dec. 10, 2012, 6:29 a.m. CST

    SCORCHER

    by CuervoJones

    Tugg Speedman is the best action hero!

  • The more I watch the trailer (the production design of this movie looks topnotch, by the way), the more it feels like that that is the plot twist. But maybe that's not the case. Maybe we're supposed to predict that, but the writers have other things in mind.

  • Why did they make the fucking kids in that movie so infuriating? I think it was to make Tom's character more sympathetic, and it worked.

  • Dec. 10, 2012, 7:58 a.m. CST

    I cannot watch Tom Cruise

    by Yarlan Zey

    Tom Cruise is a lunatic member of a dangerous cult. He is a whiny little fraud. When I saw Top Gun as a kid I wanted to smoke his choad I thought he was so awesome. Ever since he paired up with Katie Holmes I have seen him for what he is....a mental midget. I like the Jack Reacher (stupid name) trailer where he beats up five guys. Yeah, sure. He's like 5'3''. This also looks stupid. Why is Manhattan covered by mountains? That is impossible. And don't tell me about "the magic of the movies"...I need to have at least some plausibility.

  • Dec. 10, 2012, 8:24 a.m. CST

    To bad Tom Cruise is in it...

    by Wickham Jones

    I don't care for him as an actor. He plays "Tom Cruise" in every film he is in (except for maybe Tropic Thunder, which was terrible, and just included more body hair).

  • You know a huge series of effects shots with the bass heavy orchestral long note hit, or the sudden accident that shows how unsettling the situation is... or did this have those in it? I think this seems like it could be refreshingly scifi as opposed to simple action wearing a scifi disguise.

  • Dec. 10, 2012, 11:10 a.m. CST

    His spaceship is balls

    by ObiBen

  • Dec. 10, 2012, 1:37 p.m. CST

    Seriously, does it look identical to MOON

    by coolnewsbat

    This is the first Tom C movie released in April the last 20 years, I think, or ever... I watch the trailer twice. Beat by beat, it has every element in MOON. It takes place 60 years after everything goes to hell. Yes, he find the clones, yes, he is a clone. They were supposed to be the group to clean up the planet, so the originals can come back, right. Of course u r going to meet the old Tom C as the bad guy in the end...

  • Dec. 10, 2012, 3:30 p.m. CST

    EYES WIDE SHUT = greatest thing Cruise has and will ever be in

    by la_sith

    Also, I am not interested in this new movie.

  • It's the baseball hat. <P> "I'm jack whoever whoever".. yeah, sure you are Tom. Just a normal guy. Riiiiight.

  • Dec. 10, 2012, 5:12 p.m. CST

    Olga

    by Red_Right_Return

    I'm in just for Olga. Ever since Hitman I've been her slave.

  • Dec. 10, 2012, 5:53 p.m. CST

    Looks great? Hardly! Tossed in enough cliches could they?

    by Bob

    Seriously? People think this looks fresh? I almost expected Morgan Freeman to offer him a Red pill or a Blue pill at some point in that trailer. I'm guessing Cruise is a guy that is a clone of a guy who lived in the "old days" and has recurring memories of that life and is working unknowingly for the aliens. Betting the people underground are the real humans, and that "monster" is probably just a red herring. Not very fresh. Not even very original.

  • Dec. 10, 2012, 7:17 p.m. CST

    This is a remake of Demon with a Glass Hand

    by DougMcKenzie

    Cruise is a robot and all of humanity has been digitized uploaded into him. Twist is he doesn't know he is a robot or about his fate until the end.

  • Dec. 11, 2012, 12:05 a.m. CST

    That 'for a month now' thing...

    by Jaka

    ...was old a month ago.

  • Dec. 11, 2012, 1:12 a.m. CST

    WILL CRUISE...

    by RowKseat25

    kick that plexiglas instead of punching it? Y'know, instead of kicking a wall... or chewing to show of his developed chewing muscles... or hunch shoulders and kick floor... oh he does that... I AM SOOOO TIRRRRRRED OF CRUISE PERFORMANZZZZZZZZZZ...

  • Dec. 11, 2012, 8:45 a.m. CST

    Jack Reacher aside...

    by kstewandthecuntsman

    This looks pretty good. Better than that Will Smith shite

  • Dec. 11, 2012, 9:25 a.m. CST

    The "for about a month now" meme will NEVER get old.

    by Brian Hopper

  • Surviving that ejection might bite into the "smart in scifi" but there is plenty of time to hate later as this develops :) btw: Wall-E does not get dibs on Evacuated Earth. Read it many times before in many variations, and will likely read/see it again. Its kinda like having the punk scene thriving in London and New York and the first kid in LA with a mohawk trying to act OG.

  • Dec. 11, 2012, 3:23 p.m. CST

    lolz to posting in the wrong talkback

    by j

  • Dec. 17, 2012, 11:57 p.m. CST

    What, no couch jumping?

    by The Atomic Worm

    LOL. Honestly, looks good. . . great visuals, and shows a vested interest in sci fi on joseph kosinkski's part.