‘Oblivion’ Review

by on August 9, 2013

in Entertainment, movie reviews

Oblivion (directed by Joseph Kosinski [Tron Legacy]) stars Tom Cruise, Morgan Freeman, Olga Kurylenko, Andrea Riseborough, and Melissa Leo in a fascinating sci-fi tale of Earth, after we’ve “won” a brutal war with alien invaders.

'Oblivion' review

Jack (Cruise) and Victoria (Riseborough) are assigned to maintain the equipment left on Earth to mine resources for the survivors who have moved to Titan.

Andrea Riseborough in 'Oblivion'

Victoria is the command center operator and Jack scouts the surrounding territory, fixing equipment that needs fixing.  All the while, they report back to Sally (Leo), their command center contact that’s up in orbit.

Victoria is very by-the-book while Jack has a bit of a curiosity about things that stresses her out.

Oh, and despite a memory wipe some years ago, Jack keeps having memory fragments that mess with his head.

As the story develops, Jack makes a few discoveries that make him question things he knows or has been told of his planet’s past.  And the discoveries just keep on coming.

Olga Kurylenko in 'Oblivion'

I found the story to be engaging and as it developed, it kept sucking me in further.  And the developments that come at the movie fan, well, at least for me, were rather surprising to say the least.

I’m on the bubble about how it ended, in so much as how Jack attempts to confront the challenge he faces.  But all in all, it did not ruin the movie experience.  And I enjoyed some of the tech put forth in the film.

Had I seen Oblivion in theaters, I would have been very pleased to have dropped money on it in theaters and suggest that you cannot go wrong dropping the rental fee or even buying the DVD/Blu-ray.

It was a pretty fun movie.  I’d crank out a popcorn 8 for Oblivion. I might even check out the Blu-ray if it has a worthy amount of special features.

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