Oblivion – Review
In the future, Earth lies devastated and scorched as of a result of a decades-long war between humans and an invading alien race called Scavs. The majority of Earth’s population have long since abandoned the planet but a select few still remain. Among them is drone repairman Jack Harper (Tom Cruise) and his communication technician, Victoria (Andrea Riseborough). Safely stationed in the skies thousands of feet above, Jack is responsible for extracting vital resources from the planet’s surface. His job is nearly complete, but Jack’s life changes forever when he makes the fateful decision to rescue a stranger from a downed spacecraft. A stranger who apparently shares a connection to his past, which causes him to question all he knows, and Jack unexpectedly finds himself fighting for the future The fate of humanity now rests solely in the hands of a man who believed our world was soon to be lost forever.
Oblivion is the latest film from Joseph Kosinski who brought us TRON: Legacy and produced Rise of the Planet of the Apes. With impressive visual and stylised films film’s already in Kosinski’s locker, it’s little surprise that Oblivion continues to visually impress and a grand scale. This spectacular vision of a future Earth has evolved almost beyond recognition. However, there is a strange feeling of déjà vu with numerous resemblances to previous work including 2001: Space Odyssey, Moon, Planet of the Apes, Wall-E, Star Wars, The Matrix, Solaris, Independence Day and I’m sure there are more. Kosinski has done is create a impressive futuristic World and filled it numerous storylines and scenes that echo that of some of the better science fiction films that have been made culminating in something that is intriguing but lacking innovation and devoid of any real emotion.
Tom cruise was well Tom cruise. Don’t get me wrong I love the guy. He has saved the earth more than once along with being a jet fighter pilot and racing cars driver but this will not be a memorable role for him. Morgan freeman was also his usual self, Olga Kurylenko almost non-existent, with the more standout role going to Andrea Riseborough. The film is just over two hours long and at times really does seem to trudge along at a slow pace. Due to all the plot lines that it has seemed to borrow off other films it does come across a little predictable at times and is full of clichés, which will no doubt be disappointing to sci-fi fans who were hoping for something groundbreaking and original. Similar to Kosinski;s previous film TRON: Legacy, Oblivion is another similar tale of style over substance and certainly a missed opportunity.