Seldom does a movie live up to the hype that goes along with it, but in the case of Oblivion, it not only lives up to the hype, but it actually surpassed my expectations. I was ready for a great film, but I had no idea just how good this film was going to be.
Set in the year 2077, aliens known as Scavs have invaded the Earth starting a war and destroying the moon in the process. The destruction of the moon causes seismic disasters on the Earth causing the entire population to be forced to move to Titan, an Earth-like moon orbiting the planet Saturn. At least this is what Jack Harper (Tom Cruise) believes while he goes about his business maintaining and repairing drones that are charged with eradicating remaining Scavs and protecting giant machines that collect sea-water and convert it into fuel for the select few to take their trip to Titan. Jack is assisted by his partner, Vica, who is advised by someone called Sally on a giant orbiting space station called Tet.
As the story develops, Jack learns that things aren’t what he has been led to believe. Because of what he learns, he is able to save what is left of humanity on the Earth.
As far as I am concerned, this is Tom Cruise’s best career performance as he leaves his usual over-the –top style of acting. While Morgan Freeman plays an integral part in the film, his part is actually small. The special effects in this film serve to advance the story, but do not upstage the performance of the characters or the plot development.
In short, this is a great movie to kick off this season’s fare of what promises to be a great season for Sci-Fi. If you are expecting one of those “in your face” action flicks, you are going to be disappointed. This film is far more cerebral employing a very intricate story line and characters that are well developed.
This is a must see film by my estimation and should do well.