Oblivion is a futuristic sci-fi flick, taking place in a post-apocalyptic Earth.
Tom Cruise is a stud. I like him in the same way I like Nicolas Cage. When I bought my ticket to see his latest film, “Oblivion,” I literally said, “One ticket for Tom Cruise.” While he might not be the most well-adjusted human being in real life, I always take note whenever a new movie of his comes out.
“Oblivion” is a futuristic sci-fi flick, taking place in a post-apocalyptic Earth. When the trailer first came out, I jokingly quipped that it was “War of the Worlds 2.” While that very well could have been the title of this film, it stands apart on its own merit as an adventurous, well-made movie with a gripping, fast-paced plot.
Cruise plays Jack Harper, who is way too similar to the character in his last movie (Jack Reacher), but I digress. The year is 2077, and Harper is one of the last humans left on the planet. Sixty years earlier, an alien race attacked Earth, resulting in a nuclear war that left our planet ruined and the moon completely destroyed. Human survivors have since migrated to a massive space station called the “Tet.”
As a technician, Harper is part of an operation to extract the planet’s remaining resources. His main job involves maintaining and supporting un-manned drones, which roam the land eradicating the last of the alien resistance.
I can’t really give much more away about the plot, but let’s just say things aren’t exactly as they seem. Harper, a loyal worker, starts to question everything he believes. Dreams from a past life haunt him at night. In them, he sees himself with a mysterious woman in New York City — before the war and before he was born. How can that be?
“Oblivion” is awesome. Ambitious sci-fi films have a tendency to be slow in part, but this one moves along swimmingly. It really has everything: a satisfactory amount of action, comic relief, a developing love story and a little bit of skin. Cruise puts his Yankee cap from “War of the Worlds” back on and knocks this one out of the park.
Morgan Freeman is in the movie, but his role is small, and he doesn’t come in until about halfway through. Nonetheless, when Freeman does enter the story, all we hear at first is his voice. You can just imagine how powerful that moment is. If you somehow only liked Tom Cruise in “Top Gun,” he does get back in the cockpit in “Oblivion.” His aerial dogfights with other aircraft are even more intense than they were in the ‘80s. That is a credit to the special effects, which are stunning throughout the movie.
And if you somehow do not like Tom Cruise at all, well, as Mr. T would say, “I pity the fool!” You’ll be missing out on one very cool movie. Check it out!