Over the last couple of weeks I’ve been posting some of my favourite movie teaser posters, but this entry for Oblivion is a bit of a cheat as these aren’t strictly teaser posters. But who cares, they’re great none the less.
Released in 2013 Oblivion starred Tom Cruise, Andrea Riseborough and Morgan Freeman, and was a homage to the thoughtful and atmospheric sci-fi movies of the late 1960’s and ’70’s. Director Joseph Kosinski brought to bear all the visual style and flair he displayed on Tron: Legacy, and the end result is a beautifully photographed film set on a post-apocalyptic Earth. Granted, the film isn’t without it’s problems — the overall plot is a bit weak and, apart from Cruise’s Jack 49, none of the other characters have much depth — but damn, if it didn’t look great. And as a fan of the movies it was trying to emulate I can appreciate the effort Kosinski put into trying to give his film a similar sense of gravitas.
Bearing in mind the film’s strong visuals, it’ll come as little surprise that the posters released to promote the film also featured an equally strong sense of photography and design. Most of the posters are terrifically haunting and atmospheric, such as the one of the Empire State Building waterfall, or Cruise standing on a launch platform. Of course there are a couple of obligatory character posters, featuring Cruise and Morgan (which both appear to have had the sharpness boosted way too high), and bizarrely the other poster of the Empire State appears to feature Cruise’s signature (I have to say though, I love the broken Moon hidden behind the clouds).
Oblivion did moderately well at the box-office, raking in just under $300m which was good but not great. The posters on the other hand are a great success.