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Though the height of blockbuster movie season is still a few months away, we're getting a taste of it early with Oblivion, the team-up between Tron: Legacy director Joseph Kosinski and Tom Cruise that's coming to theaters on April 19. That's just a few weeks away! While a lot of the secrets of the sci-fi film are remaining under wraps-- just the way you want it for a new sci-fi world, really-- a new featurette that premiered at Apple is giving us a look at the "bubbleship," the super-futuristic machine that allows Tom Cruise to wander around the ravaged surface of the Earth.
The process of assembling the bubbleship looks like something you'd see in a fancy car commercial, with the white background and all those gleaming pieces, and the crew's delight at actually assembling the machine is evidence alone of just how much these kinds of movies usually rely on CGI. Seeing Cruise get giddy about the machine and climbing into the big rotating gimbal is no surprise-- he's the guy who happily scaled the exterior of the world's tallest building, after all-- but you can't blame Olga Kurylenko for being a little flipped out once her turn arrives. As director Kosinski points out, though, it's good that she's a little afraid. Her character is an enigma, a stranger who crash lands on Earth and helps lead Cruise's character Jack to discover that there are still humans left living on earth-- and that the people who gave him that fancy bubbleship haven't been telling him the truth.
Oblivion offers an interesting opportunity for a lot of people involved, giving Kosinski a chance to prove he can combine glittering sci-fi effects with actual story better than he did in Tron: Legacy, allowing Cruise to recover from the disappointing performance of Jack Reacher, and giving Kurylenko her biggest role since her turn as Bond girl in Quantum of Solace (she's also in Terrence Malick's To the Wonder, but we're not exactly expecting blockbuster status for that one). And for the rest of us, it's a chance to get our large-scale action weeks before the official summer season kicks off. Will you be lining up?