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It's Just Not Oblivion Without a Patrick Stewart Voiceover: New Oblivion Television Trailer

By Steven Lloyd Wilson | Trailers | January 21, 2013 |

By Steven Lloyd Wilson | Trailers | January 21, 2013 |

A new shortened trailer for Oblivion premiered yesterday during football, and I’m talking about the science fiction film, not the look in Tom Brady’s eyes.

Based on a graphic novel of the same name, the film was originally picked up by Disney, but once they insisted that it would have to be rated PG and everyone creatively involved insisted that it would strangle the story, the Mouse put the rights up for sale. So now we’re getting a PG-13 release, which makes me yearn for a hard R science fiction film, but I’ll take what I can get.

The film is set in the year 2073 after Earth has been nominally wrecked by aliens. The trailer informs us that this is a lie, and provides counter evidence in the guise of Morgan Freeman. Since Cruise is the protagonist he decides to disobey orders and help the scrappy underdogs instead, and then appears to be attacked by the bastard offspring of the Sentinels from The Matrix and early iMacs. Here’s the trailer for your own perusal:

Given Cruise’s involvement, I’m at least partially convinced that scientologists are being told that this is a documentary.

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Steven Lloyd Wilson is the sci-fi and history editor. You can email him here or follow him on Twitter.