Tom Cruise and science fiction are a powerful combination. Although the opening weekend of 'Oblivion' didn't break any records big or small, it's a more than solid start for a non-franchise, non-sequel, non-reboot. That's a sad statement on the current state of Hollywood, but that's another topic for another day.
Olga Kurylenko is a dream girl. I mean this literally: in 'Oblivion,' her latest film, she plays a mysterious woman who haunts a man’s dreams. And like Tom Cruise’s character, we soon realize that we’re more than a little bit in love with her, thanks to her quiet introspection, a sort of heartrending sincerity, and, sure, the fact that she’s drop-dead gorgeous. But then again, audiences have been getting slowly introduced to her over the past several years in a number of roles where she’s a troubled, unattainable and yet remarkably welcoming young beauty who wins the heart of her male counterparts.
We recently sat down with Kurylenko at the Los Angeles press day for Oblivion, where the actress had just survived a full day of interviews – we were her last. And though she apologized repeatedly, for some perceived fatigue on her part, she was engaged and thoughtful as she spoke about the role of Julia, playing a character introduced to audiences as a romantic ideal. Additionally, she discussed her collaboration with director Joe Kosinski ('TRON: Legacy'), and talked about how her own idealized past – as a former model – proves to be both a blessing and a curse as she continues to win the hearts not only of audiences, but filmmakers eager to work with the best actresses in Hollywood.
'Oblivion' is best described as opportunity, squandered. Its landscape – conceptual and physical – feels remarkably unique and bursting with possibilities, but the exploration of both lacks originality, and energy. Joe Kosinski’s follow-up to 'TRON: Legacy' is, like its predecessor, a gorgeously mounted, inventive world-building endeavor, but it’s also equally bloodless -- ponderous without being thoughtful, ambitious without being inspired, much less inspiring. The chronicle of a battle for the fate of humankind that possesses little humanity of its own, 'Oblivion' is an overstuffed compendium of familiar genre tropes rendered with ornamental beauty but not much emotional depth.
In addition to its announcement of the August 11 premiere of 'Breaking Bad's final episodes, and the development of a companion talk show 'Talking Bad,' AMC's Upfront presentation today offered up a wealth of exciting new series in development. Most promising is a futuristic sci-fi thriller from 'Pacific Rim' writer Travis Beacham and 'Oblivion' director Joseph Kosinski titled 'Ballistic City,' said to be something of a blend between 'Blade Runner,' 'Chinatown' and 'Battlestar Galactica.' Get the scoop on AMC's latest projects inside!
Joseph Kosinski's 'Oblivion' is looking to kick off the summer season early with its mid-April launch, as the film is loaded with the sort of sci-fi spectacle that's normally reserved for the hottest and coldest months of the year. Tom Cruise stars in the film, but one of the main attractions is the rugged beauty post-apocalyptic Earth setting. It's something you almost never see in a sci-fi film.
With its release only a few weeks away, you can expect to start seeing a lot from 'Oblivion,' Joseph Kosinski's mysterious Tom Cruise sci-fi movie. Just in case you weren't sold by the past few trailers, a new series of clips have arrived, peeling back a layer or two and exposing some of the film's stranger mysteries. If that's not enough, you can also stream the entirety of M83's original soundtrack.
With its release just around the corner, the maketing machine for 'Oblivion' is in full swing. After a soft start, the trailers have gotten increasingly interesting and two newly released TV spots are no different, selling a big, epic sci-fi action movie that looks genuinely mysterious and intriguing. Watch the spots below!
Is their a band better suited to score an epic science fiction movie like 'Oblivion' than M83? In addition to taking their name from a spiral galaxy, their electronic instrumentals sound exactly like something people would be listening to in the future. A sample track from the 'Oblivion' soundtrack has made its way online, letting both music and movie fans get a taste of what the movie's score will sound like.
For science-fiction fans, 'Oblivion' is starting to look like an oasis in the middle of a desert. It's been far too long since a big-budget, sci-fi epic that's not a sequel, a remake or an adaptation of a toy line has graced theaters, and genre fans are hungry for something original. It helps that 'Oblivion' actually looks really go
A court martial sends a veteran soldier to a distant planet, where he has to destroy the remains of an alien race. The arrival of an unexpected traveler causes him to question what he knows about the planet, his mission, and himself.