Oblivion Review

The first Sci Fi film that Tom Cruise has starred in since War of the Worlds. I like it when he does Sci Fi but how exactly does Oblivion compare to the others. Well for one, the director caught my attention. Let’s dive into this futuristic world and decide if Tom is in Cruise control of this one!

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The Plot

Tom Cruise stars in Oblivion, an original and groundbreaking cinematic event from the visionary director of TRON: Legacy and producers of Rise of the Planet of the Apes. On a spectacular future Earth that has evolved beyond recognition, one man’s confrontation with the past will lead him on a journey of redemption and discovery as he battles to save mankind. 2077: Jack Harper (Cruise) serves as a security repairmen stationed on an evacuated Earth.

Part of a massive operation to extract vital resources after decades of war with a terrifying alien threat who still scavenges what’s left of our planet, Jack’s mission is almost complete. In a matter of two weeks, he will join the remaining survivors on a lunar colony far from the war-torn world he has long called home. Living in and patrolling the breathtaking skies from thousands of feet above, Jack’s soaring existence is brought crashing down after he rescues a beautiful stranger from a downed spacecraft. Drawn to Jack through a connection that transcends logic, her arrival triggers a chain of events that forces him to question everything he thought he knew. With a reality that is shattered as he discovers shocking truths that connect him to Earth of the past, Jack will be pushed to a heroism he didn’t know he contained within.

The fate of humanity now rests solely in the hands of a man who believed our world was soon to be lost forever.

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The Verdict

When I first saw the trailer I thought “The Director of TRON: Legacy”? Hey I love Joseph Kosinski’s work. He’s got a bit of a Michael Mann style where the build up is kinda slow but it’s not too bad and he does seem to understand Sci Fi very well, just look at what he did with the TRON sequel and the upcoming 3rd installment.

Watching the film I would say a lot of care has been put into the writing and making of this film, while the main focus of course would be on Tom Cruise, you don’t feel entirely overwhelmed by his presence as a lead, there’s a good spread of story time on all the major characters.

The legendary Morgan Freeman is in this film as well as an underground leader of sorts (I’m trying not to give too much away here). Anyway he only appears a good hour into the film, might seem a little too long to wait a key character like his but trust me, it works out brilliantly. There really is no way I can tell you how good the film is without giving anyway away but I will say this, everything you have seen in the trailer is really just the tip of the ice berg.

Let’s talk effects, a barren earth that would have done 2012 and Independence Day director Roland Emmerich proud, quite a fair bit of the film also takes place with Tom Cruise in the cockpit of his hi tech plane which by the way is damn cool.

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Olga Kurylenko as the mysterious survivor Julia Rusakova holds her own alongside Tom Cruise but it was British actress Andrea Riseborough who stars as Victoria Olsen that really caught my attention. Just observe her body language and facial expressions in the film, which she’s supposed to be colder you sense she’s very conflicted as well and it very nicely all comes full circle as the plot starts to develop.

Overall this marks Tom Cruise’s first Sci Fi film since War of the Worlds and if you look at his track record for Sci Fi films, the man knows how to pick them (remember Minority Report?). While I am a huge fan of his, I’ve always felt that Tom Cruise is a sort of over the top actor. Oblivion however really showcases the qualities of his acting skills, with facial expressions, passion that his character exuberates, it all very importantly adds to this story line of the film.

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Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

Watch this film on the huge IMAX screen and you will be able to fully embrace this brilliant Sci Fi experience!

By Elliott Danker

Oblivion open in cinemas 11 Apr

Images courtesy of United International Pictures Singapore

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