"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
"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
Meet the giant robots that will protect us from giant, invading monsters.
The first footage from Guillermo del Toro's upcoming sci-fi monster movie, Pacific Rim, was revealed at a packed San Diego Comic-Con panel last summer, eliciting responses from online journalists like "freaking amazing" and "pretty badass". Those that missed the panel had to wait until the movie's first trailer was released last month to catch a peek at what everyone was talking about, but, thankfully, there's already another trailer online which debuted at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) going on in Las Vegas.
Unlike the previous trailer, which started by showing some of the creatures, the latest trailer focuses almost solely on the giant robots mankind has created to dispose of the monsters. giant trailers every show
Saturdays 10:00a ET / 7:00a PT watch the trailer, plus del toro discusses his next project >> Posted 01.09.13 by Ryan
I DON'T KNOW WHAT WE'RE YELLING ABOUT Who really wrote that famous line? >> Posted 12.11.12 by Chris
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
Saturdays 10:00a ET / 7:00a PT watch the trailer >> Posted 12.11.12 by Ryan
That's a heck of a handshake you got there, Ed. You'll never guess who almost played the title role >> Posted 12.07.12 by Chris
To be or not to be Jack Reacher, that is the question fans have about Tom Cruise.
Two trailers in on Paramount Pictures' upcoming Jack Reacher and the marketing campaign has been mostly focused on selling audiences on Tom Cruise as the 6'5", 250 pound, bad-ass, titular anti-hero of author Lee Child's best-selling novel series. So far, the Reacher fanbase hasn't been convinced, but Child has been resolutely in favor of Cruise. "It is puzzling and a little disappointing to me that people are attacking Tom Cruise when they have not seen the movie," Child recently told The Sunday Telegraph. "I have seen the film and Cruise is terrific, he really nails Reacher."all the latest trailers
Saturdays 10:00a ET / 7:00a PT watch the trailer as well as a new clip >> Posted 12.06.12 by Ryan
"You think I'm a hero? I am not a hero."
The first teaser trailer for the upcoming Jack Reacher had plenty for fans of the Lee Child novel series on which the movie is based: talk of a former military policeman who plays by his own rules, a bluesy score (Reacher's favorite kind of music), and Reacher's signature cool-headed demeanor, even when fighting off a group of men. What they missed was the 6'5" and 250 pound anti-hero that was described in the books, instead getting the, uh, slightly more diminutive Tom Cruise. Paramount is potentially looking at Jack Reacher to become a franchise, but Cruise's lack of physical similarities has been a sticking point for Reacher fans, whom the studio is hoping to eventually win over. Child, meanwhile, has given the casting of Cruise his blessing, and, in a recent interview with Playboy (via The Playlist), revealed why he felt Cruise was a good choice for the character.trailers that play by their own rules
Saturdays 10:00a ET / 7:00a PT watch the trailer >> Posted 10.18.12 by Ryan
Established British TV actress Charlotte Riley, who stars in the upcoming ReelzChannel mini-series World Without End, will co-star with Tom Cruise in All You Need is Kill.
According to Variety, Riley and Emily Blunt will play soldiers who fight alongside Cruise in the movie based on a Japanese graphic novel. Cruise plays a soldier who was killed in a war with aliens. He awakens only to find himself caught in a time loop and relives his last day over and over.
Riley plays Caris in World Without End, the eight-part mini-series that is a sequel to the acclaimed The Pillars of the Earth. World Without End premiers on Reelz Wednesday, Oct. 17. Find out more about the epic mini-series at Reelz.com/WorldWithoutEnd. Posted 08.23.12 by Chris