The end of the world is upon us if we believe the upcoming summer movies such as This is the End, Brad Pitt’s World War Z, Pacific Rim, Will and Jaden Smith’s After Earth, and Tom Cruise’s Oblivion. The last one is a post-apocalyptic sci-fi from Joseph Kosinski, director of the Tron remake.
Oblivion feels like Wall-E with Tom Cruise playing the janitor left on earth to keep the drones working properly and protect them from the scavs, alien scavengers who steal fuel cells and other equipment. It has a little bit of Matrix as the main character realizes that his whole life is just an illusion.
Tom Cruise plays Jack Harper, who is in charge of the clean-up operation on Earth after a war with aliens destroyed the planet. Human won the war but they lost their planet. Harper is joined in his task by communications operator Victoria (Andrea Riseborough). Once their job on the planet is done, they will join the human race on Titan, one of Saturn’s moons.
Harper has the feeling that not all of it is what it seems. He keeps on getting dreams about a life he shouldn’t remember because of the mandatory memory wipe. Then around an hour into the movie comes Julia (Olga Kurylenko), the sole survivor of a space ship blasted out of space by the alien scavengers. He tells a tale that would change Jack’s perspective on what’s going on.
Oblivion is excellent when it comes to the aesthetic side but its plot has several illogical moments. The timeline doesn’t make any sense. You will guess the twist in the plot before it arrives, especially if you saw Moon by Duncan Jones.
But aside from the flawed plot, Oblivion features solid performance from Tom Cruise. Add to that the superb visuals and you get a decent sci-fi.