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Two Weeks Away, is the General Public Interested in Tom Cruise's 'Oblivion'?

Is there enough interest in this one to make it a hit?

Oblivion movie clips and listen to the M83 score
Tom Cruise in Oblivion
Photo: Universal Pictures

We briefly discussed Oblivion starring Tom Cruise on the latest episode of the RopeofSilicon podcast and I mentioned how I just got this impression there wasn't much excitement for the film out there. I've seen the trailers all over television and Universal has done a great job keeping it in the news cycle each week as we approach its April 19 release date, but that doesn't necessarily mean it's gained the attention of the general public.

Personally, I'm a huge fan of Cruise and will turn up for anything he stars in, but even I have to look on with a raised eyebrow considering it's a film directed by Joseph Kosinski whose TRON: Legacy was hardly a quality piece of cinematic storytelling as much as it was an excuse to spend money on a whole bunch of computer generated whatnots and thingamajigs.

However, as much as I try and avoid trailers, I have managed to not necessarily see the TV spots for Oblivion, but I have heard Morgan Freeman's voiceover within them and the story is intriguing and one I'm interested in seeing.

The film finds Cruise playing Jack Harper, one of the last few drone repairmen stationed on Earth, but his life chances when he rescues a beautiful stranger (Olga Kurylenko) 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.

Like Prometheus, Oblivion used the Icelandic landscape for its futuristic look and today you have a chance to watch four clips from the film and listen to the film's complete score from the French band M83.

I have included everything directly below. Give it a listen and leave your thoughts in the comments.

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  • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/navaneethks/ navaneethks

    My girlfriend calls this "the one with the really cool spaceship". I am definitely interested in this movie. I don't know how it is going to turn out but I can bet that the landscape cinematography will be worth watching on the big screen.

  • http://kaisaccofilm.tumblr.com/ Kai Sacco

    I'm also a huge Cruise fan and am immensely excited for "Oblivion". It's one of my most anticipated films of the year. #14 out of 25 to be exact. I honestly believe people will show up to watch this movie.

  • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/navaneethks/ navaneethks

    Oh and the soundtrack sounds really good!

  • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/maja/ maja

    I too am a big Cruise fan and will definately check this out. Unfortunately, I don't feel much excitement for it around though and can see this film doing poor financially.

  • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/TheMovieGuru/ The Movie Guru

    Looks good, but unfortunately I'm not sure the interest is there. A lot of people at my school aren't interested. Looks better than After Earth, that's for sure.

  • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/William/ William Pichkan

    It looks good, but I may just wait until DVD. Either way; I love Tron: Legacy myself, and despite its short comings with the plot I feel that the good things about it are excellent.

  • http://letterboxd.com/gman/ G-Man

    I'll see it, but not interested / excited and haven't heard chatter amongst people about it.

  • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/Adu/ Adu

    I have got my brother-in-law and wife interested in this...now if it gets good reviews, I will try to drive further so the three of us can watch it in IMAX. They have not experienced IMAX before, I would prefer their first IMAX film to be well-received at least.

  • Adam James

    You know, I'm aware of it and it looks like it could be good, but I can't say that I have a strong interest in seeing it or am excited by it in any way. In the advertising it has one of those plots that isn't really a draw... you can see some action in it, but who is fighting who and why is completely unknown, so it's hard to get excited by it.

  • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/Cordia/ Cordia

    i'm very interested in this movie, Cruise is always good and The trailer looked alright as well, im also a bit concerned about the awareness the movie has amongst people, hope it will do at least 350 million worldiwde.

  • Kyle Lucas

    I, like many of you, am a Cruise fan, but I have no interest in seeing this in theatres. It seems like a decent RedBox rental in the future, but that's as far as my interest level goes.

  • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/Aleonardis/ Aleonardis

    I'm feeling the soundtrack...3

  • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/Xarnis/ Xarnis

    I'm interested in this film. I love sci-fi, Cruise, and Morgan Freeman. I will definitely be seeing it.

  • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/Winchester/ Winchester

    I don't know what level of advertising is being done for it in the US. I actually have not seen a trailer for it shown in UK cinemas to date but plenty of TV spots have been released. I actually think it opens a little earlier here anyway as I'm sure the TV spots say April 10th.

    I have no idea if the 'General Public' give a jot about it. I know I'm rarely as surprised as some people here are about what they DO seem to like as they go. But for myself this is the main first quarter BIG release that I really want to see.

    I like Cruise, I like sci-fi and even though I thought Tron: Legacy was a bore it had some great visuals. Oblivion from the trailers and posters that I've seen make it look like it has a visual scope that deserves to be seen on a big screen. The story may end up good or bad, but the visuals look spectacular.

    It's prospects at the box office are probably a question mark. Box Office Mojo points out that it has two weeks after it opens before Iron Man 3 opens and blows everything else out the water. But based on Oblivion's look, pedigree of cast and budget ($120 - 130 million I believe) I think numbers wise a good comp is actually Prometheus. So it really needs to do over $100 million US. It will be pulled up by foreign because Cruise is less hit and miss abroad than at home just now, so I think unless it opens very badly it should be OK.

  • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/Jake17/ Jake17

    I always like Cruise and Freeman, but I really don't think this will be any good. Maybe I'll go in with low expectations and be surprised, but Kosinski's involvement scares the hell out of me.

    • http://kaisaccofilm.tumblr.com/ Kai Sacco

      Why does Kosinski's involvement scare you? I think when you say "involved" it makes it sound like Kosinski was just a director-for-hire for this project, when in fact, "Oblivion" is HIS movie; his passion project. He wrote the story for it over 8 years ago and has been working on it every since.

      And I keep hearing people referring to "TRON: Legacy" saying that it was a "bore" so they'll hold off on "Oblivion" 'til it hits home video; why? Kosinski didn't write the screenplay for "Legacy", he merely directed it. Was his direction good? Hell yes. Considering that a film with over 1,500 visual effects was his directorial debut, I'd say he did a damn fine job so I have no worries in that department regarding "Oblivion". However, he did write the screenplay for this movie, along with Michael Arndt (who penned "Little Miss Sunshine," "Toy Story 3," and the upcoming "Star Wars: Episode VII") and Karl Gajdusek (who's done more TV than film). I also pretty confident in this area.

  • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/Reina/ Reina Carlyle

    I like the soundtrack, M83 did a really good job.
    Don't know how interested I am in the movie. I've seen plenty of trailers for it and it spikes my interest for the duration, but after I'm not so interested. I just want to know how Olga knows who Tom Cruise is.
    ALso, I'm not a huge fan of Cruise. Guess he just doesn't have that draw for me.

    Theres is a chance I will see the film. If only to tide me over until May when Star Trek releases.

  • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/austinjoel/ austinjoel

    I'm a huge fan of Tom Cruise
    I'm a huge fan of Sci-Fi
    I'm all in on this one. I don't get to the theatre nearly as much as I used to or as much as I'd like to but this is one of the few movies this year I'm making a point to see.
    In fact it just so happens I'll be on vacation in Florida when it comes out and I'll be headed to the biggest screen in south Florida to see it in IMAX. Can't wait!

  • Gabe Anderson

    Looks great...gotta check it out...

  • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/Art/ Art

    I'm probably in. There isn't much better films coming out this month that I can think of the top of my head. Which ones am I forgetting bloggers? Or what do you recommend?

  • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/topyxyz/ topyxyz

    Tom Cruise is still a draw after almost 30 years. Sure he's had a few setbacks. He's isn't always #1, but he's still there, and he never really disappeared.

  • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/Helen/ Helen

    The trailer is showing widely in the UK and there are posters everywhere - even where i live. I love sci-fi, it looks cool so will be going to see this unless the reviews are dire

  • RohanMM

    I took the day off work last Wednesday to see the first showing at the BFI IMAX in London.

    It's an fantastic film, highly recommended! An absolute must on the biggest screen you can find!