The trailer: Universal Studios is taking a gamble on Oblivion, a Tom Cruise-starring sci-fi thriller coming next April from the director of Tron: Legacy. "The last Super Bowl was played right here," says Cruise in the film's trailer, standing in the center of an obliterated football stadium, evidence of the devastation the Earth has suffered in a decades-long war with a mysterious alien race. (Watch the trailer for Oblivion below.) Though we know from the official synopsis that Cruise plays one of the "last few drone repairmen stationed on Earth," and thus a sort of everyman, Oblivion's trailer is light on plot and heavy on atmosphere, showing off the dystopian splendor of the ruined planet. Will Oblivion be the next Inception, or the next John Carter?
The reaction: Judging from the trailer, Oblivion "sports all the flashy imagery one would hope for from an adventure of this scale," says Matt Patches at Hollywood.com, but "whether Cruise can embody humanity in this epic sci-fi" is a question that remains to be answered. "I have trouble buying Cruise as the last everyman on Earth," says Russ Fischer at Slashfilm, but if audiences can get past that incongruity, this sci-fi dystopia "looks pretty appealing."
THE WEEK'S AUDIOPHILE PODCASTS: LISTEN SMARTER
- Why all drugs should be legal. (Yes, even heroin.)
- How to trim $500 from your monthly spending
- Here's the schedule very successful people follow every day
- Comic-Con 2014: Everything we learned about Avengers 2, Batman v. Superman, and more
- 7 ideas from ancient thinkers that will improve your modern life
- The big, gaping hole in the liberal policy arsenal
- Blame Obama and U.S. evangelicals for the persecution of Iraqi Christians
- 7 things the world's happiest people do every day
- Face it, ladies: We can't all be beautiful
- What would a U.S.-Russia war look like?
Subscribe to the Week