Release date: 19 April 2013
User Votes: 7.2
Genres: Action, Adventure, Mystery, Sci-Fi,
MPAA Rating: PG-13
Runtime: 126 minutes
Oblivion – 2013
Earth is a memory worth fighting for.
Plot: A veteran assigned to extract Earth’s remaining resources begins to question what he knows about his mission and himself.
Story: One of the few remaining drone repairmen assigned to Earth, its surface devastated after decades of war with the alien Scavs, discovers a crashed spacecraft with contents that bring into question everything he believed about the war, and may even put the fate of mankind in his hands.
There is very little of originality in this movie with pieces taken from many others. While the overall plot maybe something fairly original, it is a combination of different parts of movies already seen.
Starring Tom Cruise as Jack Harper with Andrea Riseborough as Victoria making up the two person cleanup team. Cruise plays the same type of character that he has played so many times in the past. The downside to being one of the most popular actors in recent memory is that being seen in so many movies means that his style of acting is instantly recognizable. Riseborough is a proto-typical English rose, beautiful, large eyes, perfect voice. Thrown into this relationship is Julia, played by ex- Bond girl, Olga Kurylenko. From certain angles Kurylenko appears to be Gordon Joseph-Levitt’s sister. Rounding up the lead actors is Morgan Freeman, sadly vastly underused here.
Oblivion is directed by Joseph Kosinski, whose only other directing role was with Tron: Legacy. While his two directed movies are vastly different in look and feel, there are several similarities, such as vehicles designed by Daniel Simon, and the soundtrack augmented by an electronic music group. With Tron: Legacy helped by the music of Daft Punk, Oblivion uses M83 to set the mood, and as such is most enjoyable.
Filmed mainly in Iceland, the movie is certainly attractive to look at.
Oblivion is a movie that has more style than substance, which is not to say that it is a bad movie. While taking so many parts of other movies does tend to flatten the plot to average at best, the visuals and the actors do tend to make up for it slightly. It will never be mistaken for a classic but as a way to spend two hours, there could be worse ways.