Cruise, 50, tackles another action-adventure fantasy movie in the Joseph Kosinski written and directed film.
Kosinski, who directed “Tron Legacy,” wrote the graphic novel by the same name on which the film is based. He said it pays homage to science fiction movies of the 1970s.
Judging by the trailer, the third to be released, the film has it all, from alien invasions to distinct political overtones.
The trailer lays out the movie’s premise; after a 60-year war against alien invaders, earth is ruined and humans are evacuating. Cruise’s character, Jack Harper, a former military man, is one of the few humans left on earth; he fixes drones that patrol the skies for warring aliens.
It’s cushy work in his insular world. He listens to music on an old phonograph and wiles away the time in a grassy glen next to a steam. “We won the war, but they destroyed half the planet,” he ponders. “It doesn’t seem right… now we have to leave.”
He’s right, it isn’t. All is not as it seems. Things begin to unravel when he discovers a woman, Julia Rusakova, played by former Bond girl Olga Kurylenko, in a UFO that has crash landed. Seems the humans have been duped.
A rebellion is underway, and Morgan Freeman, who plays resistance leader Malcolm Beech, reveals the big lie that convinces Jack to go to war. The film hits theaters April 12.
Footnote: New York City gets trashed again, Washington, too! They provide some of the backdrop for the movie.
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