FILM 1232: OBLIVION
TRIVIA: A full-sized bubble ship was created with doors that opened on their own and the cockpit controls were built with input from Tom Cruise, who is a licensed pilot.
Joseph Kosinski and Claudio Miranda didn't like the extensive use of blue screen mattes in TRON: Legacy (2010) to such an extent, that for this film, they wanted to use real glass, mirrors and shiny surfaces for the glass tower set. The sky footage was projected on a 500 by 45 feet screen consisting of 21 monitors taken from three weeks of footage of a volcano in Hawaii. The monitors took 10 technician weeks to install and fine tuning with floor-level rig support. In the end it had the actors complimenting the production team for that set design that as such Tom Cruise declared that the glass tower was one of his favorite film sets.
Jack Harper sitting on a precipice watering a small plant, was filmed on Earl's Peak in Iceland, 2000 feet high. The crew had to use helicopters to get people and equipment to the filming location.
The painting on the wall showing a woman in a wheat field is titled "Christina's World" and was painted by the American artist Andrew Wyeth in 1948. The woman is based upon a real person who had been partially paralyzed due to polio. Wyeth was inspired to create this art when he saw her crawling across the field.
At Jack's house by the lake, he flips through a vinyl record collection and displays the following albums in order: Next in Line by Conway Twitty (1968), Rio by Duran Duran (1982), Some Enchanted Evening by Blue Öyster Cult (1978), Exile on Main Street by The Rolling Stones (1972), The Wall by Pink Floyd (1979), and Asia by Asia (1982).
In his review of Oblivion for the National Public Radio program "Fresh Air with Terry Gross," David Edelstein admitted he had such a hard time following the plot of this movie, he had to resort to reading the summary on the movie's Wikipedia entry, and checking the IMDb Message Boards for the answers to some of his questions: "Confused? Everything will be made clear. Not in the movie itself, which is the most incoherent piece of storytelling in years, and had me crying what, what over the din of the explosions. It was Wikipedia's "Oblivion" entry that spelled out what was going on in the final flashback. And a few, but not all my complaints, were answered on an IMDB board in which posters argued over whether the problem was our lack of attention spans or atrocious screenwriting."