Man on a Mission: The Post-Apocalyptic Tom Cruise of Joseph Kosinski’s Oblivion

Jack Harper (Tom Cruise) saves the day.

There once was a time when science-fiction films were innovative and ahead of their time. Back then, even B-movies could attract audiences because they had something to say, despite their overall trashy appearance. Nowadays, it sometimes feels as if major studios seem to be more interested in shelling out large sums for rather pedestrian works in terms of storytelling that desperately attempt to make up for their deficiencies in that area by means of impressive visual and aural effects. TRON: Legacy by Joseph Kosinski was a prime example for that recent phenomenon in 2010. Three years later, the director returns with his sophomore movie, Oblivion and Tom Cruise on his coattails as the star du jour.

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Against All Odds: On Why Brad Bird’s Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol Works

The new IMF team, from left to right: William Brandt (Jeremy Renner), Ethan Hunt (Tom Cruise), Benji Dunn (Simon Pegg), and Jane Carter (Paula Patton).

In the course of his career, Thomas Cruise Mapother IV, or simply Tom Cruise in Hollywood circles, has had his fair share of memorable roles. Some of those coming to mind are Jerry Maguire, Vincent Lauria from The Color Of Money, Charlie Babbitt from Rain Man, Daniel Kaffee from Born On The 4th Of July, Bill Harford from Eyes Wide Shut, Frank Mackey from Magnolia, or David Aames from Vanilla Sky.

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