Tom Cruise stars in the new sci-fi film "Oblivion" and the actor explained the larger message of the film to OTRC.com and other media outlets at the film's premiere earlier this month.
"When you look at this film, it is about the triumph of the human spirit. I think that's classic kind-of humanity, you know, ingenuity over, you know, the elements that are against it," Cruise said. "I think that the cool thing about sci-fi is, you know, we get to bring to an audience a world that they've never seen before, something that's very cool and yet give them a very personal human journey."
Cruise stars in the movie as Jack Harper, one of the last remaining humans on earth after most of humanity has fled following a long war that destroyed the planet's natural resources. Harper repairs drones and his mission on earth is nearly complete when a beautiful stranger crash-lands on the planet and makes him question if he has been fighting for the right side.
"I think that you know there's so many different things about our Earth, you know, the beauty of our Earth," Cruise said about filming the movie. "We got to shoot in Iceland, we shot in mountains [in] California and I think it's a very beautiful, beautiful looking movie."
The movie itself was shot in digital 4K resolution and Cruise said he's a fan of watching movies on a big IMAX-like format.
"I love big screen cinema with sound and I'm so glad that we're going back to that, you know," he said. "I was someone back in the late 80s, early 90s, I was pushing 65-70mm format. It's very exciting."
"The sound design on the movie is awesome. Those drones, the way they sound ... so it was cool. It's very cool," he later added with a smile.
The action star, who will celebrate his 51st birthday on July 3, also talked about how he trains his body to prepare for films like "Mission: Impossible," "Jack Reacher" and "The Last Samurai."
"I'm always training just for myself and just to make it through movies, but I've ... you know I train pretty much every day, my whole life," he said. "Even if I'm not doing training, on my time off I'll be hiking or climbing or flying planes or riding motorcycles."
"It's just something that I do for sports and then sometimes for different stunts, I take several months to train or 'Last Samurai' I sent a year training for that movie," he later revealed. "Five hours a day, 7 days a week, to be able to make that. Just to be able to learn how to do the swords and do it in a way that it looks authentic and I'm not going to hurt myself."
"Oblivion" hit theaters on Friday, April 19. Check out the trailer below.