Opening in a few short weeks, Oblivion could be the first blockbuster of 2013. Joseph Kosinski’s follow-up to Tron: Legacy looks like a beautiful movie, but does it have the narrative to keep audiences across the country engaged and entertained? One of the selling points for Oblivion, depicted in the video above, is its epic scale, delivered in the cinematic IMAX format.
Over the past few weeks, Universal has been releasing featurettes about Oblivion’s production and design. Joseph Kosinski called the film a “beautiful desolation,” with the dazzling backgrounds of its Sky Tower sequences and physics-defying Bubble Ship. Kosinski says he wants to bring science fiction back to the daytime after movies like Ridley Scott’s Alien trapped the genre in darkness. All of those amazing images will look even better on a giant 76 x 97 foot movie screen.
Oblivion is set in the distant future, after a terrible war with invading aliens that forced humanity to abandon Earth. Jack Harper (Tom Cruise) is a lonely blue-collar mechanic, stationed on the empty planet to repair drones. But when Jack rescues a beautiful and mysterious woman named Julia (Olga Kurylenko) after a terrible crash landing, Jack’s world comes untangled, as her identity is connected to his uncertain past.
Oblivion will also feature Morgan Freeman, Andrea Riseborough, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Melissa Leo, and Zoë Bell. Joseph Kosinski co-wrote the screenplay with William Monahan (The Departed) and Michael Arndt (Star Wars: Episode VII).
Oblivion will hit theaters everywhere on April 19th, in IMAX.