Oblivion trailer: Tom Cruise stars in sci-fi movie with echoes of Wall-E and The Matrix.

Wall-E + The Matrix + Tom Cruise?

Wall-E + The Matrix + Tom Cruise?

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Dec. 10 2012 9:27 AM

Wall-E + The Matrix + Tom Cruise?

Tom Cruise falls in the trailer for Oblivion

In the forthcoming sci-fi film Oblivion, Tom Cruise stars as Jack Harper (not to be confused with Jack Reacher), a "drone repairman" on a post-apocalyptic Earth—a bit like Wall-E, as others have noted.

Then he tumbles down a mineshaft or some such and Morgan Freeman shows him how deep the rabbit hole goes—people are in pods and there's a vast conspiracy, it looks like. Apparently this "triggers a chain of events that forces him to question everything he knows and puts the fate of humanity in his hands." Of course it does. Oblivion comes out in April.

David Haglund is the literary editor of NewYorker.com.