2hrs 5 min
Staff Writer: Nathaniel Brayton
While Oblivion does not break or transcend the sci-fi genre, it sets a good precedent for this year’s sci-fi films. Without spoiling the movie, Jack Harper (Tom Cruise) is a drone repair man stationed on Earth with his partner Victoria after a great alien invasion. In two weeks their mission will finally be complete and they can leave Earth behind for good. However, it’s not that simple for Jack, who constantly has dreams of his life before the war, even though his memory was supposed to be wiped clean. And now, as more and more equipment is being sabotaged, Jack begins to question his mission.
Just once, I wish Tom Cruise could leave his shirt on. But even so, he delivers an engrossing performance. And in a movie focused on two characters for the majority of the time, the actors must keep the audience involved. However, Oblivion is very clever and makes the drones, which Jack has constant interaction with, into characters of their own. They have their own personality and act very much like military soldiers, which is no easy feat.
If you have the chance, like I did, to see Oblivion in a 4K theater, take the opportunity. This has some stunning special effects and visuals. Another character in the sci-fi genre is the environment and world the film is set in. And since Oblivion takes places on Earth, it was a another challenge the designers had to face, and they rose to that challenge. Very few landmarks remain, providing glimpses of what once was. The subtle yet vast desert aesthetic works well to contrast the once water dominent planet.
Even though the audience knows and expects a plot twist in Oblivion, this is not necessarily a bad thing. The constant guessing kept me involved in the story. One other big thing that Oblivion does well, it contains itself. It’s not trying to be too many things at once, and doesn’t have a convoluted story. It sets a goal and accomplishes it.
With a very Tron: Legacy inspired soundtrack, Oblivion is a solid and refreshing journey that knows how to work within itself.
out of 10
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