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Five For The Diary: Smart Sci-Fi Movies
The science fiction thrillers headed our way

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Five For The Diary: Smart Sci-Fi Movies | 4. Oblivion
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WHY YOU SHOULD CARE A Tom Cruise sci-fi film is something worth getting excited about. Here’s the thing: while Will Smith is on record as saying that he consciously chose sci-fi films as a means of becoming a bigger star, Tom Cruise only seems to have chosen those that particularly struck his fancy – and this is the first of his three not to be directed by one S. Spielberg (no, we’re not counting the Mission: Impossible films even though they arguably technically qualify). This effort, from Tron Legacy’s Joseph Kosinsky, will hopefully have all the visual flair of that belated sequel but a bit more, y’know, coherence and tension.

What really pricked our interest, however, is the plot. Cruise is a veteran soldier sent to a remote planet to wipe out the remains of an alien race there, only to arrive and discover another traveller who makes him question his mission. We’re hoping the questions he asks are something along the lines of “Hey, is xenocide such a great idea? How would we feel if someone tried to wipe us out? Have you guys really thought this through?”

Everything else is so far under wraps, to the extent that we would be engaging in wild speculation if we say too much more. But with a bit of luck, this should be another example of the sort of thinkier, smarter sci-fi that Hollywood is beginning to seriously indulge in again.

SEE ALSO Ender’s Game, which is soon to be a film but is already a great book, or you can watch Starship Troopers and just think it through.

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1 What joo say bout MK?
Hey, don't rag on Milton Keynes, I bet the Empire office toilets are far less hospitable! More

Posted by oakford on Sunday September 16, 2012, 22:08

2 HAHA I love empire sometimes
'It’s also generally easy for filmmakers to create, too: just head to some remote, godforsaken corner of the globe (Milton Keynes, say)' Haha Empire just dissed my hometown lol. Nah take the piss out of it all you want, I want to leave MK hahaha! More

Posted by MartyW on Saturday September 15, 2012, 23:42

3 RE: Diana Wynne Jones' A Tale Of Time City
I am not a fan of every good book out there being turned into a movie. But this one? 'Tale of Time City' is amazing, and would make a great movie--so long as they don't involve any of the 'Alice in Wonderland' design/effects people and turn it into a candy-coloured CGI orgy. But in the hands of a director known for a personal, interesting style, it could work brilliantly. Too bad Michael Fassbender is too old to be typecast as another android... ;) More

Posted by HighwayJoe on Saturday September 15, 2012, 12:09

4 It is now in 3D
Following Empire's news post about Warners converting this to 3D, this needs updating. Hopefully it'll be del Toro approved 3D. More

Posted by JoeN on Friday September 14, 2012, 15:22

5 Oh sweat dreams
"Could we see some of Iain M. Banks’ weirder Culture novels?" YES PLEASE!!! Give me Excession the movie! More

Posted by amerelium on Friday September 14, 2012, 13:57

6 All apart from Cruise!!!
Looking forward to all of these movies ( especially the new Bloomkamp and Del Toro ones ) apart from the one involving Tom Cruise. Tom Cruise sucks big time!!! More

Posted by dannyfletch on Thursday September 13, 2012, 16:24

Milton Keynes is an awesome place!! More

Posted by Bowwowow on Wednesday September 12, 2012, 11:53

Can't wait for Pacific Rim. Still so far away... More

Posted by Whistler on Wednesday September 12, 2012, 03:35

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