- Cast: Tom Cruise, Morgan Freeman, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Olga Kurylenko, Zoe Bell, Melissa Leo, Andrea Riseborough, James Rawlings, Lindsay Clift, Jaylen Moore, John L. Armijo, Catherine Kim Poon, Jordan Sudduth, Andrew Breland, Julie Hardin, James Ricker II, Efraiem Hanna, Jeremy Sande, Paul Gunawan , Philip Odango, Z. Dieterich, Daylon Micah Othello
- Director: Joseph Kosinski
- Writers: Joseph Kosinski, Karl Gajdusek, Michael Arndt, Arvid Nelson
- Producers: Peter Chernin, Dylan Clark, Duncan Henderson, Joseph Kosinski, Barry Levine
- Co Producers: Bruce Franklin, Steve Gaub
- Associate Producer: Emily Cheung
- Executive Producers: Jesse Berger, Dave Morrison
- Art Direction: Kevin Ishioka
- Casting: Marcia Ross
- Costume Design: Marlene Stewart
- D.O.P.: Claudio Miranda
- Editor: Richard Francis-Bruce
- Makeup: Desne J. Holland
- Music: M.8.3
- Production Design: Darren Gilford
- Set Decoration: Ronald R. Reiss
On a spectacular future Earth that has evolved beyond recognition, one man's confrontation with the past will lead him on a journey of redemption and discovery as he battles to save mankind.
Jack Harper (Cruise) is one of the last few drone repairmen stationed on Earth. Part of a massive operation to extract vital resources after decades of war with a terrifying threat known as the Scavs, Jack's mission is nearly complete.
Living in and patrolling the breathtaking skies from thousands of feet above, his soaring existence is brought crashing down when he rescues a beautiful stranger from a downed spacecraft. Her arrival triggers a chain of events that forces him to question everything he knows and puts the fate of humanity in his hands.
- Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
- Filming Locations: Baton Rouge, USA; Jarlhettur, Iceland; New Orleans, USA; New York City, USA; Reykjavík, Iceland
- Production Budget: $!40 million
- Production Companies: Chernin Entertainment, Ironhead Studios, Radical Pictures, Truenorth Productions, Universal Pictures
- Production Schedule: 12 March 2012 - 14 July 2012
2013 Guide Analysis: "The first of next year's three 'Scorched Earth'-themed films to hit the screens, "Tron: Legacy" director Joseph Kosinski brings his skill for luscious visuals to this $130 million adaptation of the Radical Comics graphic novel which he co-wrote. Originally setup at Disney, the film ultimately went into production over at Universal because Kosinski could not reduce the film's content to a Disney-approved PG rating without destroying the narrative in the process.
Boasting an acclaimed script by William Monahan ("The Departed"), Karl Gajdusek (TV's "Last Resort") and Michael Arndt ("Toy Story 3"), Tom Cruise became attached quite early to the project, leading to some intense competition for the two female leads. Jessica Chastain was set to star at one point, but dropped out due to her "Zero Dark Thirty" commitments. That didn't stop Kosinski landing an excellent supporting cast including Morgan Freeman, Andrea Riseborough, Olga Kurylenko, Melissa Leo, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, and Zoe Bell.
In the film, Cruise plays Jack Harper, one of the last few drone repairmen stationed on an Earth that has been left a wasteland after decades of war. Patrolling the skies, everything changes when he rescues a female stranger from a downed spacecraft - a rescue that triggers a chain of events that force him to question everything he knows.
While M. Night Shyamalan's "After Earth" is a survival meets coming of age tale on a abandoned and nearly primeval jungle planet, and Neil Blomkamp's "Elysium" is a political satire and allegory about class warfare on an Earth that has become a garbage heap, "Oblivion" is refreshingly straightforward pure science fiction effort. A mystery-laden and mythology-heavy action piece, the film's trailer showcased a stunning looking film set on an Earth of clear skies and endless snow-covered rocky waste.
Kosinski keeps the 'clean room' aesthetics of "Tron: Legacy," refusing to let things get too grimy or gritty in favour of some luscious clean visuals and sexy-looking technology. Practical where possible, and extraordinarily well-integrated visual effects where necessary. The central mystery actually looks intriguing, and the mid-April release ensures an original tale like this won't get lost in the crush of Summer blockbuster sequels. One of the few films in the first third of the year that's worth getting excited about."