After seeing numerous trailers for the new hit film, Oblivion, I was compelled to run out and see it on its opening weekend (and I wasn’t alone as the box office would later prove). I consider myself as big a fan of science fiction as I am of horror so my fervor would have been a no-brainer had it not been for the presence of Tom Cruise…namely, the fact that I can’t stand him! No, he’s never done anything to me personally and I don’t judge people by their religious choices (so long as they aren’t hurting anybody), but man does he bug me for some reason. Maybe it’s because he reminds me of the snarky, good looking kid in high school who always ran off with the girl I had a crush on, who knows…
So far as Cruise’s star power is concerned, my personal feelings were clearly inconsequential as I arrived forty minutes before showtime and there was already a long line to get in. Thankfully, nobody wanted my preferred spot (all the way in back and middle) so I was able to enjoy the comfortable seats of an “Ultra-Screen” (larger screen with improved digital sound) theater from an optimum, people-watching vantage point.
This post apocalyptic story takes place in the year 2077. The Earth was attacked by an alien intelligence (referred to as “Scavengers”) sixty years earlier resulting in our moon getting blasted apart. While the loss of our satellite alone resulted in cataclysmic conditions on Earth, it was further ravaged by the nuclear weapons we needed to win the war. Now, with our planet an uninhabitable wreck, what’s left of the human race has made an exodus to Saturn’s moon of Titan.
This leaves a few stragglers (clean up crew) to secure the planet and keep some remaining “Scavengers” at bay. Two of these are Jack (Tom Cruise) and Victoria (Andrea Roseborough), a couple living in a space-aged pad while in constant contact with a lady up in mission control whose impeccable customer service skills are enough to drive you up a wall. Jack’s job is to repair any damaged drones which were created to fly around the planet and handle possible threats.
Despite having all the comforts of home (complete with a gal pal who’s eager to have sex with him whenever he starts questioning things) Jack clearly wants to go back to the good old days amid visions of another woman, Julia (Olga Kurylenko), and images of New York City back in 2017. This phenomena is later explained after Jack gets ambushed by some “Scavengers” and gets his memory-wiped, mind blown with revelations. It will also leads him to other survivors, including a man named Beech, played by Morgan Freeman who’s great in just about every role he plays. I was also pleased to see a glimpse of actress Zoe Bell though, sadly, she barely gets to say two words!