Tom Cruise's next movie needs to just be called "Tom Cruise" because he kills every role that he's ever been given. "Oblivion" was another winner for the sci-fi genre we all know and love. This story takes us to the year 2077 where earth has been completely destroyed except for a few spots that survived nuclear destruction. Jack Harper(Tom Cruise) is one of many repair man that must ensure all drones in his sector are fully operational as they sweep the remains of earth for scavengers. Sounds easy enough, but Harper's curiosity takes him beyond his sector in search of the truth.
Jack Harper lives in patrol station positioned just a few feet below space with a female officer/companion that keeps a watchful eye over him as he completes his daily
duties. Harper has few memories of his former life and often dreams of a beautiful woman that he believes to be from his past. One of his daily patrols puts him in close quarters with the scavengers and he notices that instead of trying to kill him they attempt to capture him. Harper doesn't let this slide by, as he begins to probe deeper with progressive patrols, until he he makes a remarkable discovery. This unexpected discovery red-lines his curiosity and causes Harper to question everything about his life in the past, present and the future.
"Oblivion" is a high-quality science-fiction film based on a graphic novel from Joseph Kosinski that breaths new life into the aftermath of an extinction level event. It seems that there are a lot of films talking about the end of the world as we know it, all the way from "Terminator" to 'Zombieland", it just seems that we are fascinated with the end. Nonetheless, this movie gives the notion an interesting approach, as Jack Harper blasts, flies and jets his way around earth's remains. Morgan Freeman joins us in the film as Malcom, a resistance fighter with answers to Jack's many questions, but only if Jacks' prepared to listen. The resistance may be Jack's only hope of ever finding out the uncanny truth that lies within "Oblivion".
Kosinski did an excellent job of directing the film, as he didn't create an environment too far-fetched to be believable. It's amazing how something like "Oblivion" is foreseeable in the earth's future, especially with all our advancements in technology that destroy the very earth that sustains our life. Look at all the films and literature coming out lined with bolder messages and images leaning towards impending doom, it's crazy #justsayin.
One interesting tidbit, I've noticed in two of Tom Cruise's latest films is that "Jack" seems to be the name of choice. His name was Jack Reacher in "Jack Reacher" and now it's Jack Harper in "Oblivion". Odd coincidence or purposeful act? Either way you slice the pie, Cruise did an excellent job in this futuristic smorgasbord of twists and turns that leave you shaking your head to the very end. Excellent film! Now go see it, so you can come back and we can talk about it in further detail.
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