A sci-fi trailer smorgasbord
If 2012 was the year that Hollywood tried to reboot interest in the fantasy genre, what with Snow White & The Huntsman and its ilk (its "ilk" being all the fantasy films that were unceremoniously booted into the 2013 release calendar, like Jack The Giant Killer, The Seventh Son, and Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters), it looks as though 2013 (ignore the aforementioned) will be a sci-fi lover's dream year.
(I'm choosing to ignore the disappointment wrought by Ridley Scott's silly Prometheus.)
Already we've seen the Pacific Rim juggernaut shudder into action, and now another two big-ticket science fiction films have added their trailers to the tide.
First up is M. Night Shyamalan's After Earth: "A crash landing leaves teenager Kitai Raige (Jaden Smith) and his legendary father Cypher (Will Smith) stranded on Earth, 1,000 years after cataclysmic events forced humanity's escape. With Cypher critically injured, Kitai must embark on a perilous journey to signal for help, facing uncharted terrain, evolved animal species that now rule the planet, and an unstoppable alien creature that escaped during the crash. Father and son must learn to work together and trust one another if they want any chance of returning home."
The second to drop a trailer this week is Oblivion, directed by TRON: Legacy's Joseph Kosinski, and starring Tom Cruise: "Jack Harper (Cruise) is one of the last few drone repairmen stationed on Earth. Part of a massive operation to extract vital resources after decades of war with a terrifying threat known as the Scavs, Jack’s mission is nearly complete. Living in and patrolling the skies from thousands of feet above, his soaring existence is brought crashing down when he rescues an attractive female stranger from a downed spacecraft. Her arrival triggers a chain of events that forces him to question everything he knows and puts the fate of humanity in his hands."
So many dystopian "last man on earth" sci-fi flicks to choose from! It's like Armageddon vs Deep Impact all over again!
Oblivion is due for release in April 2013, with After Earth to follow in June.
Of course the sci-fi film that most sci-fi nuts are the most excited about, Neill Blomkamp's Elysium (starring Matt Damon) remains cloaked in secrecy, having had its release date pushed back from March to August 2013 in order to avoid clashing with Oz: The Great And Powerful.