It's rare that I look forward to a Tom Cruise movie, but the new Oblivion is worthy of attention for being an original sci-fi script and not based on a pre-existing property. Here's a chat with director Joseph Kosinski (Tron: Legacy) about process and influences.
Q: So in terms of the visual look, the influences like architect Mies van der Rohe have always been there as well.
A: Oh, yes. Mies, he has two favorite sayings: “Less is more,” which when it comes to design I firmly believe in, and the other is "God is in the details." That one deals not only in the notion of building the set, but also every aspect of the film, from story to character to props -- understanding the world so well that you know what's around every corner. And I think an audience can sense a world that's completely figured out, versus one that's only what you're seeing on screen.