Over the past few years, Tom Cruise has been seen in the public eye as an eccentric, over-the-top, couch-jumping Hollywood celebrity. But say what you will about the man, he’s one of the few leading men in Hollywood that does his own stunts. It’s not often movie studios will allow one of their box office draws to rappel from a scaffold or be dragged through a set, but Tom Cruise is the exception.
Universal has released a few new featurettes showing off Tom Cruise’s stunt work and the underground replica of a destroyed New York Public Library. From what director Joseph Kosinski says, it sounds like this action set piece will be featured at the beginning of Oblivion.
The studio also released the above featurette, highlighting the production’s shoot on top of Earl’s Peak in Iceland. The featurette also showcases Tom Cruise’s commitment to Oblivion and its stunt work. It seems like it took a lot of hard work and dedication to bring Oblivion to life, so hopefully the effort will pay off and the final film will be something worth watching, instead of something like Tron: Legacy.
Oblivion takes place after a brutal and deadly war against invading aliens in the distant future. The film follows Jack Harper (Tom Cruise), a working-class mechanic who is stationed on the ruined Earth to repair downed drones. Jack’s life is uprooted when he rescues a beautiful and mysterious woman named Julia (Olga Kurylenko), after a terrible crash. Julia sparks something inside of Jack, and he is set on a path to learn the truth about the war.
With all the promotional materials released for Oblivion, let’s hope that Universal saved something for the actual movie. Oblivion will hit theaters everywhere on April 19th, in IMAX. In the meantime, you can listen to M83’s film score below: