Oblivion – Reviewed

April 22, 2013 2:17 pm

I’m fully aware that I am standing in a very great danger zone at the moment. If I keep going to see his movies, I may well become a Tom Cruise fan.

He rocked as the Vampire Lestat. He was the perfect lead for Minority Report and the Mission Impossible films probably wouldn’t have had as many outings and lived so long had it not been for him and his damn watchability. TomCruise

Oblivion is his latest release – available here, before America, funnily enough, but the box offices over here aren’t going to disappoint, I’m sure. Despite some other scathing reviews of the endeavour, I must admit, I thoroughly enjoyed Oblivion.

The set-up, as you are told in the first five minutes of the film, is that following a war with aliens on Earth, (which humans won, but ultimately had to sacrifice Earth and now live in a huge ‘Tet’ up in the sky) Jack Harper (Cruise) and his co-agent, who is also his lover, Victoria (Angela Riseborough) are based on Earth, albeit about a mile or so above it, to oversee that necessary resources from what is left of the planet are getting collected effectively. They have been there for a few years when we open. Harper has to maintain the drones which check the systems and keep them safe, as well as target ‘Scavengers’, the invading aliens who have infested the Earth since humans left.

Then a pod falls to earth, in which is a woman that Harper recognizes as a woman from his dream, which he says ‘feels more like a memory’. That’s where his quest for real answers begin.

The twists and turns that develop throughout the movie are, fair enough, fairly basic, but still keep you thoroughly entertained. It does get a little confusing at one point, but things are soon cleared up and it’s actually very well set up for the final pay off and the revolutions the characters have to go through. Cruise is on form, as is England-born Riseborough and Olga Kurylenko, who plays Julia. The setting is beautiful and while post-apocalyptic, at the same time, it’s not so overly action-based that people like myself, who love a good story, switched off.

My advice would be to go and watch it, as it’s thought-provoking as well as a good watch, and you’ll more than likely come out of the cinema, as we did, talking about it for another hour or so, and about the set-up.

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