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First trailer for the sci-fi epic Oblivion starring Tom Cruise looks like a futuristic blast

Dec. 8, 2012by: Paul Shirey

Joseph Kosinski's sophomore effort OBLIVION, starring Tom Cruise has finally debuted a trailer and it looks every bit as sharp, energetic, and flashy as his first film, TRON: LEGACY.  Love it or loathe it, it's hard to dismiss the sleek beauty that was TRON: LEGACY and Kosinski's style is ever present in this new trailer for OBLIVION.  Taking place on a ravaged Earth and traversing through time and space, this sci-fi epic looks like a total blast and has now solidified its place in my top ten most-anticipated films of 2013. 

Kosinski has said that OBLIVION is supposed to be more of a character study than anything else, but it looks like he managed to squeeze in some epic coolness, fast-paced action, and clean, sweeping visuals to plus it up.  I'm stoked. 

Buckle up:

Here's the synopsis:

From TRON LEGACY director Joseph Kosinski and critically acclaimed comic creator Arvid Nelson comes an original sci-fi adventure of epic proportions. In a future where the Earth’s surface has been irradiated beyond recognition, the remnants of humanity live above the clouds, safe from the brutal alien Scavengers that stalk the ruins. But when surface drone repairman Jak discovers a mysterious woman in a crash-landed pod, it sets off an unstoppable chain of events that will force him to question everything he knows.

OBLIVION, starring Tom Cruise, Olga Kurylenko, Morgan Freeman, Melissa Leo, and Nicolaj Coster-Waldau, opens April 26, 2013.

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7:25AM on 01/04/2013

Didn't quite suck me in...

This trailer had all the right elements...big star, flashy scenes, epic music...but in the end, I felt like I didn't "get it". I anticipate a flop.
This trailer had all the right elements...big star, flashy scenes, epic music...but in the end, I felt like I didn't "get it". I anticipate a flop.
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1:58PM on 12/10/2012

skipped the synopsis

waiting for the obligatory "Morgan Freeman explains the plot" scene.
waiting for the obligatory "Morgan Freeman explains the plot" scene.
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12:38PM on 12/10/2012
Look awesomely awesome. Typical of Cruise as of late....
Look awesomely awesome. Typical of Cruise as of late....
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11:55AM on 12/10/2012

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not one negative, not one neutral..... Tom Cruise is a legend!!!!!!
not one negative, not one neutral..... Tom Cruise is a legend!!!!!!
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9:24AM on 12/10/2012
Sorry for double post. I replied to a comment and then somehow my post got double-posted.
Sorry for double post. I replied to a comment and then somehow my post got double-posted.
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9:24AM on 12/10/2012
You never let me down, Mr. Cruise.
You never let me down, Mr. Cruise.
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9:14AM on 12/10/2012

Holy. Shit.

I knew the trailer would be awesome, but STILL it far exceeded my expectations!
I knew the trailer would be awesome, but STILL it far exceeded my expectations!
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6:27AM on 12/10/2012
awesome.making me wish to watch this movie right now!! Want to get transported to that world.gotta watch it in IMAX.and watching Tom in this sci-fi background is bliss.Tom,Sci-fi,Wonderful visuals..i wouldnt ask for more.Jack Reacher and Oblivion within a span of four months is a double treat.Hell Yeah!! whatever the comparisions with other sci-fi movies!! no movie is original
awesome.making me wish to watch this movie right now!! Want to get transported to that world.gotta watch it in IMAX.and watching Tom in this sci-fi background is bliss.Tom,Sci-fi,Wonderful visuals..i wouldnt ask for more.Jack Reacher and Oblivion within a span of four months is a double treat.Hell Yeah!! whatever the comparisions with other sci-fi movies!! no movie is original
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8:02PM on 12/09/2012

Hmmmm

So Tom Cruise is the live-action version of WALL-E? Sold.
So Tom Cruise is the live-action version of WALL-E? Sold.
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7:22PM on 12/09/2012
F**K yeah. That is all.
F**K yeah. That is all.
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5:47PM on 12/09/2012

Awesome

The dissolution of Cruise's marriage might be the gain of film fans because he seems intent on working non-stop for the foreseeable future. This looks fucking awesome. I'm even in on Jack Reacher, which I thought sounded ridiculous before I saw the trailer. As Cruise can get any film he wants made, I wish he would go hard sci-fi for a few films and reinvigorate the genre. We don't really get much sci-fi to choose from in a given year.
The dissolution of Cruise's marriage might be the gain of film fans because he seems intent on working non-stop for the foreseeable future. This looks fucking awesome. I'm even in on Jack Reacher, which I thought sounded ridiculous before I saw the trailer. As Cruise can get any film he wants made, I wish he would go hard sci-fi for a few films and reinvigorate the genre. We don't really get much sci-fi to choose from in a given year.
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5:24PM on 12/09/2012
Looks cool. I'm in.
Looks cool. I'm in.
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3:25PM on 12/09/2012

Tom Cruise is da bomb is whatever movie he's in.

And this looks great too.
Thank God for Joblo's talkbacks, where you can still marvel at movies, without the cynicism. Also you can debate here and disagree with people without the insults. It's Christmas time, I felt the need to share my satisfaction with you Schmoes.
And this looks great too.
Thank God for Joblo's talkbacks, where you can still marvel at movies, without the cynicism. Also you can debate here and disagree with people without the insults. It's Christmas time, I felt the need to share my satisfaction with you Schmoes.
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3:14PM on 12/09/2012

Tom f*%king Cruise!

The man never lets his fans down, and is brining us tons more, and on top of that its an original Sci-Fi film on IMAX, we need more of these!!
The man never lets his fans down, and is brining us tons more, and on top of that its an original Sci-Fi film on IMAX, we need more of these!!
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2:19PM on 12/09/2012
Fucking awesome.
Fucking awesome.
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1:46PM on 12/09/2012
Looks great. Hard to imagine that after this Kosinski won't be at the top of the list for potential director for the new Star Wars films.
Looks great. Hard to imagine that after this Kosinski won't be at the top of the list for potential director for the new Star Wars films.
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1:21PM on 12/09/2012
Looks a million times better than Jack Reacher.
Looks a million times better than Jack Reacher.
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12:45PM on 12/09/2012
The cinematography and design language are awesome (the sort of thing sci-fi muralists have been painting since the 60s). But the plot seems far too generic to warrant my money.
The cinematography and design language are awesome (the sort of thing sci-fi muralists have been painting since the 60s). But the plot seems far too generic to warrant my money.
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12:12PM on 12/09/2012
hell.
yes.
hell.
yes.
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11:29AM on 12/09/2012

Schmoes love cruise . . .

Unlike people who hate Tom just for the sake of hating.. Schmoes here love him because undeniably he makes good movies !!!
Unlike people who hate Tom just for the sake of hating.. Schmoes here love him because undeniably he makes good movies !!!
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2:23PM on 12/09/2012
Damn right.
Damn right.
5:50PM on 12/09/2012
I honestly don't care about someone's personal life, as long as they aren't a pedophile or rapist or something. Cruise rarely fails to deliver.
I honestly don't care about someone's personal life, as long as they aren't a pedophile or rapist or something. Cruise rarely fails to deliver.
9:24AM on 12/10/2012
Yep. Mr. Cruise has never let us down.
Yep. Mr. Cruise has never let us down.
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11:07AM on 12/09/2012

I'm in.

Cruise loves making movies. And it shows.
Looks epic. I'm in.
Cruise loves making movies. And it shows.
Looks epic. I'm in.
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10:56AM on 12/09/2012
Looks great, I really love the style...it's futuristic, but not flashy, nor overly bleak, and Cruise could well deliver a performance of Minority Report caliber. The added presence of Morgan Freeman surely doesn't hurt either, and I guess we can all prematurely agree that this seems like it would be better than Shyamalan's After Earth.
Looks great, I really love the style...it's futuristic, but not flashy, nor overly bleak, and Cruise could well deliver a performance of Minority Report caliber. The added presence of Morgan Freeman surely doesn't hurt either, and I guess we can all prematurely agree that this seems like it would be better than Shyamalan's After Earth.
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10:41AM on 12/09/2012
Let's just hope they dont push it back 9 months at the last mintute just so they can put Channing Tatum in it. :)
Let's just hope they dont push it back 9 months at the last mintute just so they can put Channing Tatum in it. :)
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10:29AM on 12/09/2012
Everything looks beautiful on IMAX...

F*ck 3D!
Everything looks beautiful on IMAX...

F*ck 3D!
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9:56AM on 12/09/2012

Super-psyched!!!

Wow! One of the best sci-fi trailers I've seen in a long while. And I'm amazed how after 30 years Tom Cruise has this hypnotic effect on me...I have to see all his movies, but this one is at the top of the list for next year...
Wow! One of the best sci-fi trailers I've seen in a long while. And I'm amazed how after 30 years Tom Cruise has this hypnotic effect on me...I have to see all his movies, but this one is at the top of the list for next year...
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9:54AM on 12/09/2012
I think that's the most at ease I've seen Cruise in a while. I'm definitely curious about this.

I'm a little reminded of A Boy and His Dog, minus the horniness, and the dog.
I think that's the most at ease I've seen Cruise in a while. I'm definitely curious about this.

I'm a little reminded of A Boy and His Dog, minus the horniness, and the dog.
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8:49AM on 12/09/2012

Looks very original

The tone of the movie looks very interesting and Freeman looks like the older version of Riddick(Vin Diesel)... :)
The tone of the movie looks very interesting and Freeman looks like the older version of Riddick(Vin Diesel)... :)
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5:38AM on 12/09/2012

Sold!

Already looks better then prometheus. Has freeman become an immortal or something, he looks the same as 20 years back.
Already looks better then prometheus. Has freeman become an immortal or something, he looks the same as 20 years back.
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10:18AM on 12/09/2012
Definitely looks good, but what DOESN'T look better than Prometheus???
Definitely looks good, but what DOESN'T look better than Prometheus???
4:48AM on 12/09/2012
Man, this movie looks good.
Man, this movie looks good.
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4:31AM on 12/09/2012
Looks fantastic. Can't wait to go see it.
Looks fantastic. Can't wait to go see it.
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4:16AM on 12/09/2012
A lot can be said about Cruise. But he sure is passionate about his sci-fi. And they often end up good - probably because of just that.

This looks good.
A lot can be said about Cruise. But he sure is passionate about his sci-fi. And they often end up good - probably because of just that.

This looks good.
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3:23AM on 12/09/2012

Wow, Morpheus got old.

Wow, Morpheus got old.
Wow, Morpheus got old.
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2:12AM on 12/09/2012
Tom Cruise is a workaholic. But god damn it if he does pump out awesome shit!
Tom Cruise is a workaholic. But god damn it if he does pump out awesome shit!
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1:43AM on 12/09/2012
that trailer looked really cool until I saw my future ex-wife Olga on the screen lookin all flawless as usual, and then I got kind of dizzy and lost track of things.

That guy Kosinksi has me pegged. Last time was exactly the same as soon as Olivia Wilde popped up in that bodysuit. I sort of forgot what was happening the rest of the time.
that trailer looked really cool until I saw my future ex-wife Olga on the screen lookin all flawless as usual, and then I got kind of dizzy and lost track of things.

That guy Kosinksi has me pegged. Last time was exactly the same as soon as Olivia Wilde popped up in that bodysuit. I sort of forgot what was happening the rest of the time.
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1:29AM on 12/09/2012

One for IMAX, thank-you.

It's about freakin' time we get some more awe-inspiring sci-fi.
It's about freakin' time we get some more awe-inspiring sci-fi.
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12:11AM on 12/09/2012
Cruise vs Freeman! This looks great!
Cruise vs Freeman! This looks great!
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11:41PM on 12/08/2012
I think the trailer could have used some better music. First Tron Legacy trailer was superb. Oh well, I want to see this anyway.
I think the trailer could have used some better music. First Tron Legacy trailer was superb. Oh well, I want to see this anyway.
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10:57PM on 12/08/2012
Tom Tom Tom...you never cease to amaze me :)
Tom Tom Tom...you never cease to amaze me :)
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10:16PM on 12/08/2012

EPIC

This'll be hugely epic in IMAX. hoping for a nice solid 2hr plus film. Looks like very good acting, twists, and awesome action. LOL but for the 3rd time seeing this trailer I keep getting a battlefield earth feeling from it but this is what battleifeild earth wanted to be hehe.
This'll be hugely epic in IMAX. hoping for a nice solid 2hr plus film. Looks like very good acting, twists, and awesome action. LOL but for the 3rd time seeing this trailer I keep getting a battlefield earth feeling from it but this is what battleifeild earth wanted to be hehe.
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10:15PM on 12/08/2012

Summer starts early next year!!!

I was excited for this before, but now I can this start the summer season off a week early for they market the film correctly.
I was excited for this before, but now I can this start the summer season off a week early for they market the film correctly.
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10:12PM on 12/08/2012
2013 is shaping to be a good year for movies :)
2013 is shaping to be a good year for movies :)
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9:53PM on 12/08/2012
Absolutely love what I'm seeing and it's amazing after such an incredible career, Cruise is still kicking ass and dragging my ass into theatres. Also Freeman looks badass and the environments look elegant. Just wish we could have had a sample of M83's soundtrack in it.
Absolutely love what I'm seeing and it's amazing after such an incredible career, Cruise is still kicking ass and dragging my ass into theatres. Also Freeman looks badass and the environments look elegant. Just wish we could have had a sample of M83's soundtrack in it.
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