A Very Close Look At The Oblivion Trailer – Clues, References And Nods

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Kurylenko in hair-down mode. If we could see the badges and designs on her uniform better I think we’d be able to make more of this, but it seems to me like she’s wearing a dark jacket like the one Cruise had on in a few shots above. Did they work together before? Was she his “earlier Riseborough” before going on The Odyssey?

All of these references to “the truth” and Harper needing to “know what happened” suggest quite strongly that he’s had his memory mucked with and Riseborough’s character is in some way handling or manipulating him.

This may be The Odyssey, or it may not. Note the little space craft apparently docking – easier to see in the moving video.

Seems like Jack and Rusakova are onboard, and a couple.

Here we see a few shots of apparently Kurylenko and Cruise, in two different costumes at two different times and he’s continuing to be very confused. I know how he feels.

The view from inside the minor proscenium of Cruise’s wooden house.

Whoever she is, she’s pretty handy with a gun.

And this, I think, is our first, good, face-on look at one of the Scavs. I only know what they’re called because of the official plot blurb, which I’ll pop below this image.

Note how much of the frame is filled with black once again.

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.

Not the unnatural type of canyon we saw before but something much less geometric.

As Riseborough orders Jack to stand down, it’s drones vs. humans. And it looks like the humans are losing.

That cut is still there. That probably added twenty minutes in the make-up chair every morning, you know.

This time, he’s pushing the lever forwards. We’ve had both! Collect the set!

Dogfight with drones. In a trench. Looks like number 90 is about to get it.

Here’s number 196. I’m still looking for a four digit code. One over 300 would be a start.

Harper in his cockpit…

…Tusken Morpheus in his?

There are pipes that made me think of a TIE fighter pilot, as seen below.

Some kind of workshop? After the minimalist, all-form, no-function world of Cruise’s tower top base, this place looks like a terrible mess.

Back in the black jacket time frame again.

Something from beneath grabs a hold of Harper. Some kind of mechanical claw reaching up from between the pages of turn up books.

And it’s strong enough to pull him down…

…and drag him off. An action beat to end on, to promise us that this film has chasing and shooting and danger in it.

The title in Spanish is The Time of Oblivion.

And so we reach the end of this teaser trailer. I’ve got Riseborough pegged as the baddy, I’ve seen a few Total Recall echoes, and I’m amazed by how little of the frame Kosinski and his DOP Claudio Miranda have treated to light at times.

Okay, roll on the next trailer. I want to see more. Actually, can we just skip that and get to the film now?

Oblivion will open in US IMAX cinemas on April 12th then go wider to “normal” screens a week later.

(Last Updated December 11, 2012 5:45 am )

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