Monday, April 22, 2013
Oblivion is the latest Sci-Fi blockbuster directed by Joseph Kosinski, staring Tom Cruise and Morgan Freeman. It's a futuristic movie set in the year 2077. After Earth was invaded by an alien race (or so we're lead to believe), the human population evacuated to Titan, one of the moons of Saturn. Jack Harper (Cruise) is a security repairman stationed on Earth. His job is to make sure the drones are in perfect working condition. In turn, their purpose is to circle and protect what is left of Earth from Scavs, aka remains of the alien invaders.
This film was visually stunning on every account. It's shinny, glossy and beautiful. It's just a shame the script lacked any real depth or substance. Cruise still gives a solid performance, though, as a man who follows his daily routine, yet seeks the real unknown. Freeman does a good job as well, reprising his "standard" role as the calm and collected leader. Although, he isn't in the film nearly as long as you'd like.
I really wanted to love this movie, and while I enjoyed it, I felt it came up short of greatness. It posed more questions than it answered, seemed too convoluted for its own good, and provoked more yawns than ahs. It's definitely a decent rental though. And if you do see it, it would be wise to lower those high expectations.