Oblivion is a post-apocalyptic film taking place in the year 2077. Sixty years prior the Scavengers aka (Scavs) invaded, destroying the moon and causing a chain of events from earthquakes to tsunamis. With this came the destruction of Earth.
Director Joseph Kosinski did a tremendous job with CGI images showing both the Washington Monument and the Empire State Building in ruins, buried in the rubble that consumed most of the planet. We are also lucky enough to get a small taste of the year 2017 when the invasion happens and we visit the rubble that is left of the last Super Bowl field.
Jack Harper (Tom Cruise) is one of the last remaining people on Earth. With his partner Victoria (Andrea Riseborough) they kept an eye on everything that was in the safe zone. Victoria, through amazing technology was able to keep track of everything that was around Jack whenever he went out to fix the drones. The drones travel around the safe zone eliminating any of the Scavs that are out in the open.
Cruise does very well with his part; however, he lacked the support needed to make the film stronger. Riseborough seems stiff and it was noticeable that she was trying to act instead of being actually in the role. Cruise’s role was more confident and seemed more comfortable.
As they continue going through the regular duties day after day, they are counting down the days until they are to return to the “Tet,” a triangular object in space that people were taken to before being sent on to Titan, one of Saturn’s moons. But Jack is having his doubts about leaving.
Every five years Jack and Victoria get their memories erased but Jack is having memories that leave him questioning his own identity. It is only after he finds Julia (Olga Kurylenko) at a crash site where the drones killed the other survivors that he realizes there is more going on than he understands.
While trying to find more information about why she was there, Julia and Jack are captured by the Scavs and learn there is more going on than they realize. Not everything with the Scavs is as it seems and they are still caught in the middle of a war that they didn’t even realize was going on.
Oblivion has many unexpected twists. It is despite the fact that the film is somewhat slow in the beginning it is able to hold viewer’s attention just to see the twists play out. The ending was filled with action that undoubtedly made up for the slow pace at the beginning.
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If you are a science fiction fan then you will appreciate this film but if not this is not the film that will change your mind. The end is satisfying and fun. Personally I was not disappointed.
Rated PG-13 126 minutes
Director: Joseph Kosinski
Cast: Tom Cruise, Morgan Freeman, Olga Kurylenko