"Oblivion" is a hard core science fiction movie featuring Tom Cruise as an action hero pitted against an army of alien marauders.
Main Cast: Tom Cruise
Supporting Cast: Andrea Riseborough, Morgan Freeman, Olga Kurylenko
Director: Joseph Kosinski
Genre: Sci-fi, Action
Released by: UIP-Solar Entertainment Corp.
MTRCB Rating: PG-13
Movie Info: 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. --Universal
The Positive: "Oblivion" succeeds in laying out a futuristic setting with sleek special effects, impressive sound editing and serviceable action sequences. It's a Tom Cruise movie from beginning to end. Who doesn't like Tom Cruise, right?
The Negative: The film lacks originality in concept and production design. It's like WALL-E, Tron: Legacy, The Matrix and Total Recall all rolled into one. And just like Inception, it has a mysterious ending. But what's the point in finding out when the fuzzy narrative loses its connection with the audience along the way.
Memorable Line: "I want mankind to survive. This is the only way."
STARMOMETER SCORE: 5/10