Jack Harper (Tom Cruise) is one of the last few remaining drone repairmen assigned to post-apocalyptic earth, after an alien race called Svavs invaded and nearly destroyed everything. Jack and his communications officer and romantic partner, Victoria (Andrea Riseborough) work together to collect the last remaining resources from Earth to send to the Tet. The Tet is a massive space station where the last of humanity resides before leaving to inhabit one of Jupiter's moon. Their mission is about completed with two weeks remaining. Victoria is eagerly awaiting the end of their mission but Jack is more hesitant to leave Earth. But things began to unravel after Jack rescues a woman he's been dreaming about named Julia (Olga Kurylenko). Jack eventually learns the truth and realizes he may hold the fate of humanity in his hands.
What Worked - This is only director Joseph Kosinski's second picture (first being TRON Legacy) and I think I'm becoming a fan. The stunning cinematography and scope Joseph Kosinski is able to bring to Oblivion is reminiscent of other classic sci-fi films such as 2001 A Space Odyssey and a host of others. Because of this you will be able see some of the surprises coming a mile away. But please hear me out on this, there are some genuine surprises mixed throughout that even took me by surprise. All the acting is extremely well done, but the person I believe who really stands out is Andrea Riseborough who plays Victoria. First off her character is a rule freak, but she's doesn't play her character as an annoying stick in the mud. We learn she really wants to join the others in the Tet, and she doesn't want anything to hinder their chances of leaving. So when things begin to unravel and certain lies come to light, her whole world begins to crumble. You're never quite sure where her loyalties will lie making her a dangerous and yet sympathetic character. So I found her to be the most fascinating out of the lot, but it could also be she's a gorgeous redhead and a British actress, but who am I to say.
What Didn't Work - The movie doesn't quite feel like a movie you'd want to watch over and over again. Also a few of side characters feel underutilized particularly Morgan Freeman's Beech and Olga Kurylenko's Julia. Morgan Freeman hardly had any screen time, and poor Olga Kurylenko really didn't have much to do except look confused and worried. Also at the film's awe-inspiring climax, Tom Cruise utters the F Bomb word that slightly derails the climactic moment. Honestly, more than anything else it just felt really out of place, ruining a near flawless moment.
Overall - Let me just say if you're a hard-core sci-fi fan then you're guaranteed to have seen this story and its surprises before. But despite this, Oblivion is still glorious to look at and the acting and story are pretty solid. I'd say it's highly enjoyable and a must watch.
A Quote from the movie -
Jack Harper - Everybody dies, Sally. The thing is, to die well.
So what do you think? Which sci-fi film did Oblivion remind you of?