Movie Reviews

“Oblivion” (2013)



Synopsis: Tech 49 Jack Harper (Tom Cruise) feels out of place on his mission to help extract Earth’s remaining resources and is equally confused about his past.

Review: In the year 2077, the only people left on Earth are Jack Harper (Cruise) and his communications officer Victoria (Andrea Riseborough). Sixty years ago, Scavengers (or “Scavs” for short) destroyed Earth’s moon and a war ensued. The humans won the battle, but must evacuate because of radiation and freak weather patterns. Jack is on drone control, making sure that all the drones are operating correctly and fixing ones that Scavs have destroyed.

Memories have been wiped as well, but Jack still questions his past and is haunted by a woman in his dreams (Olga Kurylenko). The rest of the human race is on the Tet, with everyone heading to Titan, Saturn’s biggest moon. As the final two weeks on Earth approaches, the spaceship Odyssey lands after the Scavs draw the ship to Earth. The woman from his dreams is the soul survivor from the spaceship after drones kill the rest of the crew. Jack and Victoria try to slowly piece together where she came from and why the Scavs sent the beacon signal to make the Odyssey land.

Based off an unpublished graphic novel, Oblivion is a film that is not only captivating, but breathtaking as well. The supporting cast includes Melissa Leo playing Sally, the commander up at Tet and Morgan Freeman as Malcolm Beech, head of the Scavs. While the film is a lot of Tom Cruise, the supporting cast are fleshed out and given plenty to do.

Running a shade over two hours, Oblivion never slows down in pace. While the action might be a bit less than other Cruise films, the film presents a love story with the backdrop of a desolate world in a post-Apocalyptic future.

The film is posed to be Cruise’s biggest opening since Minority Report and could quite possibly be the most beautiful looking film since Avatar. While the film isn’t perfect, the plot unveils some interesting twists

Final Grade: 8.5/10

2 replies »

    • I would almost argue that Oblivion does a bit more than Life of Pi. The way they use present and future and landmarks in the backdrops (even if destroyed)…It was sleek and used nice balances of white/gray/blue in many different ways.

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