Movie Review: Oblivion:
I’m going to be perfectly honest off of the get-go. Just like Adam Sandler, Tom Cruise is the same actor in just about every movie nowadays. Sandler, an idiot who tries to be funny with dry, constantly recycled humor. Cruise is the same man in every action film. He has a one minded goal and just goes with it. He was the same man in Ghost Protocol as he was in Jack Reacher. Here in Oblivion Tom Cruise is the same person as he was in Jack Reacher and Ghost Protocol. Although in this case, I’m kind of ok with it. SEMI SPOILER ALERT: Oblivion takes place in the year 2077 in a post apocalyptic world. Jack and Victoria work together operating near hydroelectric plant that sucks in sea water to be converted into a form of energy that is sent back to the Saturn moon of Titan to the last colony of humans. Jack is a technician for the drones that protect the plants and Victoria is his eyes observing from their home; Tower 49. Both Jack and Victoria have their memories erased after a set amount of time has passed so they will not have many questions to ask Sally, their supervisor operating from the TET, the observation station orbiting Earth. Earth was ravaged by war, the moon destroyed and the planet swimming with hazardous radiation. Now stop there. Here both of them live in a wasteland left on Earth, just the two of them and they must comply to Sally and the operatives at TET for the sake of the human race. And… pause. This is where I can tolerate Tom Cruises repetitive character role since they live in a post apocalyptic world and the only other person he knows is Victoria. Although he gets a shade of personality while reminiscing at an abandoned football stadium and a cabin he has down in a hidden valley. Oblivion was everything any sci-fi fan can ask for; action, romance, cool gadgets, opposing alien/sentient life form, and of course Morgan Freeman. Oblivion not only bulls eyed the sci-fi aspect, it also did a very good job working with the story and a mind bending, brain squirming plot twist. As much as I enjoyed this movie, there were somethings I wish the movie could have explained a little more and feel as if they used the excuse of erasing memories to cloud up the details. Another flaw I sense is that all the actors had a little lack of personality, especially the outlying humans that were left behind and unknown to Jack for a long time. All the surviving refugees seemed to have absolutely no personality compared to the brainwashed Jack and Victoria. I’m not mad at this movie, I think it made its mark and set itself up very well for audiences everywhere. I think the only thing I was truly disappointed about from this movie was upon first hearing about a movie called Oblivion in mid 2012, everyone was thinking: “OMG Elder Scrolls movie???” But no, it was a sci-fi film with Tom Cruise and a damn good one at that.
My overall Score: 80/100