Oblivion (2013 film)
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|Directed by||Joseph Kosinski|
|Based on||Oblivion by
|Music by||Anthony Gonzalez Joseph Trapanese M83|
|Editing by||Richard Francis-Bruce|
|Studio||Relativity Media Chernin Entertainment Monolith Pictures Radical Studios|
|Distributed by||Universal Pictures|
|Running time||124 minutes|
Oblivion is a 2013 American post-apocalyptic science fiction film based on Joseph Kosinski‘s Radical Comics-edited unpublished graphic novel of the same name. The film was co-written, produced and directed by Kosinski. It stars Tom Cruise. The film was initially scheduled for release on July 10, 2013. Since the 3D re-release of Jurassic Park was set for April 5, 2013, the US release date was moved back to April 19, 2013. According to Kosinski, Oblivion pays homage to science fiction films of the 1970s.
The film received mixed reviews. The acting and visual effects were praised, while critiques of the story were mixed. It performed well at the box office, particularly outside of the US. It is Cruise’s twentieth film to gross more than $200 million worldwide.
In the year 2077, Tech 49 Jack Harper (Tom Cruise) is one of the last drone repairmen stationed on Earth. According to Jack, the planet was nearly destroyed sixty years earlier, during a war against a race of alien invaders known as Scavengers (“Scavs”). The Scavs destroyed the moon, causing massive earthquakes and tsunamis, and then launched their invasion. They were only defeated by the use of nuclear weapons, which left most of the planet irradiated and uninhabitable. The few surviving humans migrated to a colony on Titan, which is powered using energy harvested on Earth by giant ocean-borne power stations that generate fusion power from seawater. From Tower 49, a base standing above the remains of the northeastern United States, Jack and his partner and lover Victoria “Vica” Olsen (Andrea Riseborough) work as a team to maintain the autonomous drones that defend the power stations from the few remaining Scav bandits. They receive their orders from Sally (Melissa Leo), their mission commander, who is stationed on the “Tet,” a massive tetrahedral space station that orbits the Earth. Jack flies recon and repair missions to the surface, while Vic supervises from Tower 49. The two expect to leave Earth and join the other survivors on Titan in two weeks. Although Jack and Vic had their memories wiped five years prior for security purposes, Jack has recurring dreams about meeting a mysterious woman at the Empire State Building in a time before the war, which occurred before he was born. Additionally, Jack keeps a secret retreat in a forested area he sometimes visits.
Oblivion was a neat flick. It was cool seeing Tom Cruise and Morgan Freeman in roles that were not grounded in thrills/action, or severe plot work. This movie is slow building, and the climax wasn’t too intense, but it was gripping to watch as the drones, and ships, flying around doing battle were done as well as I have ever seen those sort of “spacecraft” portrayed in film. The story was good, but I have seen way too many sci-fi movies that end with the ultimate sacrifice of one or two heroes for the whole of the Earth. The theme song from Armageddon was playing in my head as the climax to this one came around…lol Even with the few dislikes I am giving this one 4 stars and recommending it because it is: Solid sci-fi w/ lots of spectacular imagery – MR
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