"Millions of galaxies of hundreds of millions of stars, in a speck on one in a blink. That’s us, lost in space." — Vincent, Collateral
Though he's most widely known for his action movies — the Mission: Impossible movies, in particular — superstar actor Tom Cruise has also starred in a handful of sci-fi movies in his career, including War of the Worlds (2005), his highest grossing domestic release to date. After an eight-year hiatus from sci-fi, Cruise will return to the genre on April 19th in Oblivion, a post-apocalyptic epic from director Joseph Kosinski (Tron: Legacy) in which Cruise plays one of the last drone (read: clone) workers on an Earth that is all but abandoned following a devastating war with an alien race known as the Scavs.
In anticipation of Oblivion's imminent release, we thought this would be a great time to look back on Cruise's rather extensive filmography to determine, with your help, which movies contributed to making him the superstar he is today. Take off your mask (as our own Richard Roeper pointed out in his book, Cruise wears masks in many of his later films), quit jumping on the sofa and help us choose Cruise's best movies.
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Posted 04.01.13 by BrentJS
"Get busy living, or get busy dying."
With his velvety smooth voice, wise eyes and confident, reassuring demeanor, Morgan Freeman has become one of the most popular and respected actors working today, imbuing any movie he appears in with class and gravitas. Freeman struggled to find steady work as an actor for decades before his breakout performance in the 1987 movie Street Smart earned him an Academy Award nomination, but he has appeared in one or more movies every year since then, save for 1999. This year will be one of his most prolific yet, with major roles in four movies — Oblivion, Now You See Me, Olympus Has Fallen and Last Vegas. In his career, he's played a pimp, a principal, a prisoner, a president, a procurer of Bat-gadgets and even God, but what is his best movie role? Help us rank the movies of Morgan Freeman.
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Posted 03.18.13 by BrentJS
"The people you work for lied to you."
The ongoing publicity campaign for the upcoming sci-fi movie Oblivion has done a remarkable job in slowly doling out information. The first trailer revealed a deserted, futuristic patrolled by a drone repairman (Tom Cruise) who uncovers a unexplained conspiracy once a shadowy, cigar-smoking Morgan Freeman enters. The second trailer revealed even more conspiracy, with Cruise learning that the "memory wipe" he received for security purposes may not have been so innocent, and the latest trailer picks up right where the last one left off, adding a few more crucial details to the conspiracy at the heart of Oblivion while still leaving a few questions unanswered. watch the trailer >> Posted 03.02.13 by Ryan
"They lied to you. It's time to learn the truth."
From the onset, the upcoming sci-fi movie Oblivion, it seemed that Tom Cruise was starring in a WALL-E-inspired, solitary story about a man who repairs damaged drones on an uninhabited earth with just a hint of a larger conspiracy in the distance — hinted at by a shadowy, cigar-smoking Morgan Freeman.
"I think the trailer does a good job at hinting that the film does have a number of twists and turns and there are hard questions being asked and there is a character who is under pressure," director Joseph Kosinski (Tron: Legacy) said of the movie's first trailer to MTV last December. "But I don't really want to say much more than that as to what the plot of the movie is."
Instead, more pieces to the puzzle are revealed in Oblivion's latest trailer, which reveals more of Freeman's message of conspiracy as well as more of the crash landing of Olga Kurylenko (Quantum of Solace), who arrives on Earth and has a history with Cruise's character and might be the key to him remembering the truth. watch the trailer >> Posted 02.14.13 by Ryan
A quick peek into what lies ahead this year.
Now that 2012 is behind us (and the Mayans were wrong), 2013 is rolling ahead as scheduled (and like most of us assumed it would). That means a whole new year of movies are scheduled to open, starting this Friday. However, to help us prepare for the coming onslaught of sequels, reboots and potential franchise starters, YouTube user M Walls has put together a 2013 movie trailer mashup (via ScreenRant) that includes footage from Man of Steel, Iron Man 3, Lone Ranger, World War Z, After Earth, Oblivion, Gangster Squad, G.I. Joe: Retaliation, Pain & Gain, Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters, and Star Trek Into Darkness and reveals a taste of what audiences have to look forward to in the coming year. watch the video >> Posted 01.03.13 by Ryan
"You will give the people an ideal to strive towards...you will help them accomplish wonders."
This has been an incredible year for sci-fi and fantasy fans alike. Blade Runner and Alien director Ridley Scott returned to sci-fi after a 30-year hiatus with the visually stunning and highly divisive Prometheus, while the superhero sub-genre of sci-fi continued its ascension, with The Avengers and The Dark Knight Rises claiming the first and second spots on the list of the highest-grossing movies of the year. Fantasy fans had fewer options in 2012, but they flocked to theaters to see two Kristen Stewart-led movies — Snow White and the Huntsman and Breaking Dawn: Part 2 — and to return to J.R.R. Tolkien's Middle-earth with Peter Jackson's The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey.
The coming year in movies promises to be just as epic for genre fans, filled with dozens of big budget movies populated by superheroes, zombies, wizards, knights, robots and monsters. We don't want you to miss out on any of the wondrous adventures that await you next year, so we've compiled a list of the big ones, the must-see movies that fans simply can't stop talking, blogging, and tweeting about, the Top 10 Most Highly Anticipated Sci-Fi & Fantasy Movies of 2013. WHAT WONDERS AWAIT IN 2013? >> Posted 12.26.12 by BrentJS
It's the end of the world as Tom Cruise knows it.
Tom Cruise has been playing a lot of Jacks recently, notably Jack Reacher in the aptly-named, upcoming action thriller Jack Reacher and earlier this year as Stacee Jaxx in the (choose your own adjective expressing disappointment) musical Rock of Ages. The latest "Jack" character is Oblivion's Jack Harper, who patrols an uninhabited earth and repairs damaged drones on the battle-ravaged planet's surface. rescuing trailers from extinction
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We've got a pretty good idea what director Joseph Kosinski (Tron: Legacy) wants his new sci-fi epic, Oblivion, to look like because several pieces of artwork from the upcoming Radical Publishing graphic novel on which the movie is based were released nearly two years ago. We also have a pretty good idea of what headliner Tom Cruise will look like as Jack, a drone (read: clone) assigned to maintain the machines left behind after humanity has all but abandoned the earth, thanks to some recent "spy" pics from the set in Iceland. Now, we also have a pretty good idea what Oblivion will sound like, as well. Kosinski, who hand-picked the French electronic music duo Daft Punk to score Tron: Legacy, has announced that French electronic act M83 will score Oblivion. what did kosinski say about M83? >> Posted 07.03.12 by BrentJS
Though superstar actor Tom Cruise's personal life seems to be in disarray, his movie career is on an upward trajectory once again. His last movie, Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol, was a huge success, raking in nearly $700 million worldwide, and Cruise is currently starring in Rock of Ages as abs-tastic '80s rocker Stacee Jaxx, which has been helping him earn back some of the female fans he lost following his infamous appearnce on The Oprah Show back in 2005. Next up, Cruise will be playing the eponymous character in Jack Reacher, an adaptation of author Lee Child's 2005 novel One Shot, and we recently got our first look at Cruise as the former Military Police Officer-turned-drifter who seems to be a trouble magnet.
After Jack Reacher, Cruise will play another "Jack" in Oblivion, a post-apocalyptic epic based on the upcoming Radical Publishing graphic novel of the same name created by Tron: Legacy director Joseph Kosinski, who also directs. Cruise started filming Oblivion in Louisiana a few months ago, but it has since moved on to Iceland, where an amateur photographer managed to snap several photos of Cruise on the set, wearing the environment suit of Jack, a drone (read: clone) who maintains and repairs the machinery left behind by humanity to extract the last of the earth's resources after the planet has been all but abandoned. see cruise on the set of Oblivion >> Posted 07.02.12 by BrentJS
Those dinosaurs from Steven Spielberg's Jurassic Park are back from extinction. Universal announced that it will re-release Jurassic Park in 3-D on July 19, 2013.
The studio also announced it was also changing the release date for Tom Cruise's Oblivion.
Of course, Jurassic Park is just the latest blockbuster Hollywood is blowing the dust off to convert into 3-D and re-release. As Moviefone points out, the movie grossed $914.6M worldwide and with the re-release could become Spielberg's first billion dollar movie. Last year, Spielberg talked about adding the third dimension to his dinosaur thriller.
The only movie that I would ever even consider retrofitting is the first Jurassic Park, which I think would look pretty spectacular in 3D. That's the only one of my films that I would consider doing in 3D.
So I guess we're not seeing E.T. or Schindler's List in 3-D. more about Oblivion's date change >> Posted 03.16.12 by Chris