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The Matrix. 2001: A Space Odyssey. Independence Day. Star Wars. Wall-E. If you know and like those movies (and at least one more we won’t mention to avoid spoiling anything) you’re going to find Joseph Kosinski‘s Oblivion incredibly familiar. The filmmaker’s second film directly references and was indirectly influenced by a plethora of classic films, giving his “original” story a not-so-original feel. It’s almost as if Kosinski’s love of sci-fi was so big, he simply had to stuff it all into one big movie.

Yet even with those influences bursting from its seams, Oblivion is a delight. It is a gorgeous, exciting and satisfying film filled with beautiful visuals, eye-popping action and confident storytelling.

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Tom Cruise in Joseph Kosinski's Oblivion

Tom Cruise has jumped from genre to genre over the course of his decades-long career, but lately the one he seems most invested in is sci-fi. This weekend’s Oblivion marks his first sci-fi flick since 2005′s The War of the Worlds, but he’s got several lined up beyond that including Doug Liman’s All You Need Is Kill and the time travel flick Our Name Is Adam.

And now, on top of all that, he’s now poised to continue that streak with Warner Bros.’ Yukikaze, in which he’ll play a futuristic soldier engaged in an interdimensional war against aliens. Hit the jump to keep reading.

[Update: Watch the first episode of the Yukikaze anime adaptation after the jump.]

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Tom Cruise in Joseph Kosinski's Oblivion

Universal is releasing a steady flow of featurettes about the making of the Tom Cruise film Oblivion, many of which focus on the unique aspects of crafting a future version of Earth. For the new one, as with some of the other behind the scenes looks at the film, there’s a focus here on the degree to which the film avoided using CG to create the landscapes and scenery that we see in many scenes.

Last week we saw a featurette for Oblivion that followed the crew of Joseph Kosinski‘s film during the first day of shooting in Iceland. This week there’s another that catches up with the production after it has been in the country for a while, and which really focuses on the logistics of shooting in a remote locale. Vague shades of the crafting of Middle-Earth here. Not that Peter Jackson was by any means the first director to take a crew off the grid, but he has set the tone of late as far as documenting the process. Kosinki’s crew seems to be doing good work, however, even with a far more constrained cast. Read More »

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The first track released from the Oblivion score, crafted by Anthony Gonzalez of M83 and Joseph Trapanese, was a big layered cake of swelling synth sounds powered by a slow but rising drum beat. The new track is the title tune, which will likely play over the end credits. Like that first track, it features Norwegian singer Susanne Sundfør, and is a more upbeat track right off the bat.

This one doesn’t do as much for me, as has the tenor of a lot of end credit songs that are tailored to be broadly appealing. Your mileage may vary, however, so have a listen below — it’ll send a lot of people dancing out of the theater, at the very least, and Sundfør’s voice is quite pretty.

Along with that tune, we’ve a new featurette, on the film’s Sky Towers. (We’ve also embedded one on the Bubble Ship that we hadn’t highlighted before, just to give you more from Joseph Kosinski‘s new film.) Read More »

GI Joe Retaliation / Oblivion

If action heroes are your thing, you’re covered this spring. G.I. Joe: Retaliation‘s nine-month delay finally comes to an end this weekend, while Joseph Kosinski‘s gorgeous sci-fi adventure Oblivion opens a few weeks later. New spots for both have just hit the web, and you can check them out after the jump.

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Warner Bros. is not giving up The Man From U.N.C.L.E. The spy thriller has been kicking around for several years at the studio, going through Matthew Vaughn, David Dobkin, and Steven Soderbergh before finally landing with Guy Ritchie in 2011. The project’s been pretty quiet sinc then, but now it may be about to take a big step forward.

According to a new report, Tom Cruise is in early talks to take the lead role of Napoleon Solo, the Cold War spy originally portrayed by Robert Vaughn in the ’60s TV series. Hit the jump for more details.

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Many who watched the trailer for Joseph Kosinski‘s upcoming sci-fi film Oblivion might have had the same lingering question. “Haven’t we seen this movie before?” The aesthetic is certainly similar, but many sci-fi films are. It’s the story that rings a bell. A lone wolf, cleaning up a desolate Earth after the planet was destroyed. Hmm. Wait a minute, it’s the same thing as Wall-E!

Andrew Stanton’s Oscar-winning 2008 Pixar film seems to share a very similar DNA with the upcoming Tom Cruise action film, and YouTube user Giant Mimosas took the visuals from the former and audio of the latter creating an eerily perfect mash-up that’s both funny and clever. Check it out below. Read More »

Some are born great, some achieve greatness, and some have greatness thrust upon them in the form of a beautiful mysterious woman in a downed spacecraft. In Joseph Kosinski‘s Oblivion, Tom Cruise and Andrea Riseborough play two members of a lonely crew mopping up what’s left of Earth decades after a devastating alien attack.

They’re nearing the end of their assignment when Julia (Olga Kurylenko) falls out of the sky, leading Jack (Cruise) to realize that not all is as it seems. And, naturally, that the fate of humanity rests in his hands. Watch the trailer after the jump.

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