Review: Obvilion

I ended up watching Oblivion on Sunday night. It was the 8pm movie on MNet. I had company, although he slept through it – go figure LOL

Tom Cruise seems to like these futuristic action hero type movies. So it was probably a bit of a stereotypical role for him. He is not necessarily my favourite actor, but I have always liked Morgan Freeman.
So I watched it.

Official Movie Review goes something like this:

In one sentence:

A veteran assigned to extract Earth’s remaining resources begins to question what he knows about his mission and himself.

Source – www.imdb.com

In more than one sentence:

Jack Harper is one of the last few drone repairmen stationed on Earth. Part of a massive operation to extract vital resources after decades of war with a terrifying threat known as the Scavs, Jack’s mission is nearly complete. Living in and patrolling the skies from thousands of feet above, his existence is brought crashing down when he rescues a stranger from a downed spacecraft. Her arrival triggers a chain of events that forces him to question everything he knows and puts the fate of humanity in his hands.

– Written by Universal Pictures

And this is my person opinion:

“We won the war, but lost the planet”. Jack Harper (Tom Cruise) was not as irritating in this movie as I thought he would be.

Him and his collegue/partner Victoria live in a penthouse in the sky. They are left on uninhabitable earth as part of the clean up crew that services robot drones that defend resource draining stations from from alien scavengers.

They report to Sally, who works in the control centre, and more than once during their interactions, I had a suspicion that she wasn’t human. Victoria monitors Jack as he surveys the planet and fixes drones from their penthouse in the sky via voice communications and camera’s on his furturistic plane.

Jack’s relationship with his “effective team” parter is very mechanical, routine, regulatory. It was actually awkward at times to watch as she was so cold and clinical.

One day Jack witnesses an archaic plane crash land and rushes to the crash scene. The drones kill the rest of the crew but he manages to save the girl, the same girl he has been seeing in his dreams. Although his memory has been erased as part of his contract to do this job.

This girl, Julia, who ends up being his wife is both beautiful and real in complete contrast to Victoria.

Without giving too much away (too late), a lot of this happened to tie things up with the scavengers, the control centre and Jack and Julia and the ending was not completely predictable and it was a happy ending, for once.

I really thought the visual effects were amazing though. Realistic and futuristic

So in summary: not a complete waste of time to watch.

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