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.