Thursday, April 18, 2013

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A veteran assigned to extract Earth's remaining resources begins to question what he knows about his mission and himself.


I was able to catch the sci fi film Oblivion last night, which stars Tom Cruise.  The movie is not out until tomorrow April 19th.  The movie to me was a decent sci fi film, which could've been better due to its predictable plot and lack of certain elements you would expect from this type of film.  

In the beginning of the movie we're introduced to Jack Harper (Tom Cruise) who is a technician that fixes drones that protect large rigs that is sucking the remaining ocean water from Earth.  He works with his communication officer Victoria which is also his lover, both wiped free of their prior memories and required to work a certain period of time.  The rigs are supposedly doing so to provide enough energy for the remaining humans of Earth in a giant spaceship in orbit named The Tet for their travel to Saturn's moon Titan.  When Jack and Victoria's assignment is complete they are expected to rejoin society at The Tet to journey to Titan.  Most of the planet has been made uninhabitable due to a war with an alien race called the Scavengers with humanity as the winners.  Or did they?  

Spoilers in the next paragraph, skip it if you don't want to be spoiled...

Predictably, at least to me, the scavengers turns out to the be last remaining human resistance to the true aliens, which is actually the owners of The Tet.  Once you figured that out, then you start to question the plot, like why would the aliens with such superior technology create this system of a technician and a communication officers to monitor the rigs.  Why the charade of planting false memories and keeping the original memories of Jack Harper which slowly seeps through the surface?  The reason obviously, so we can have a story of independence, exploration and defiance.  The last gripe to me which is a big one is that we never get to see the actual aliens.  Unless you considering what seems to be a giant sentient ship to be the alien.

Overall, I give the movie a 3.0 out of 5.0 stars.  Despite its flaws, it's still a great weekend movie to just get away.  Tom Cruise doesn't shine in this movie despite being the star of the film.  Instead supporting actors Morgan Freeman, Olga Kurylenko and even Andrea Riseborough are the standout performers of the film for me.  

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