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Tom Cruise stars in Oblivion, an original and groundbreaking cinematic event from the visionary director of TRON: Legacy and producers of Rise of the Planet of the Apes. On a spectacular future Earth ... read more read more...that has evolved beyond recognition, one man's confrontation with the past will lead him on a journey of redemption and discovery as he battles to save mankind. 2077: Jack Harper (Cruise) serves as a security repairmen stationed on an evacuated Earth. Part of a massive operation to extract vital resources after decades of war with a terrifying alien threat who still scavenges what's left of our planet, Jack's mission is almost complete. In a matter of two weeks, he will join the remaining survivors on a lunar colony far from the war-torn world he has long called home. Living in and patrolling the breathtaking skies from thousands of feet above, Jack's soaring existence is brought crashing down after he rescues a beautiful stranger from a downed spacecraft. Drawn to Jack through a connection that transcends logic, her arrival triggers a chain of events that forces him to question everything he thought he knew. With a reality that is shattered as he discovers shocking truths that connect him to Earth of the past, Jack will be pushed to a heroism he didn't know he contained within. The fate of humanity now rests solely in the hands of a man who believed our world was soon to be lost forever. (c)Universal

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PG-13, 2 hr. 5 min.

Directed by: Joseph Kosinski

Release Date: April 19, 2013

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  • March 1, 2014
    3 3/4's--Pretty good, and that's saying a lot for me...because I swore off Tom Cruise movies a long time ago. However, this one I stuck with. VERY confusing, but good at the same time. I most definitely needed someone with me (in this case my husband) to occasionally explain thin... read moregs to me. Overall, this was very entertaining. The CGI is amazing, and the plot kept me interested to the end...and it was a really nice ending, too.
  • December 15, 2013
    I think they had a good idea here but then when they actually got down to writing down the story it all just went wrong. It just didn't flow and there was "umph" to this film.
  • November 22, 2013
    Likable but ultimately forgettable. It's something we've seen before but with better graphics. How come so many world landmarks are all next to each other? How come the Empire State building is the only one left standing? Why didn't he keep the Dog? None of these questions matter... read more, it's just easy viewing. I like the way they tied it all up at the end though, as average as it is, it's probably one of the best film endings of the year so far in my opinion. How cool would it be to live in a sky house!
  • September 28, 2013
    Say what you will about Tom Cruise but there‚??s no denying that his choice of projects have always been bankable. Throughout the 80‚?≤s and 90‚?≤s most of his films and performances were of a particularly high standard. The same could be said of the 00‚?≤s as well. However, over... read more the last three years, cracks are beginning to appear; ‚??Knight and Day‚??, ‚??Rock of Ages‚?? and ‚??Jack Reacher‚?? have failed to register any form of quality. On the surface, ‚??Oblivion‚?? has all the hallmarks of the Cruiser getting back on track but, unfortunately, proves just as lacklustre as the aforementioned duds.

    In the year 2077, Earth has been obliterated by an alien race and the surviving members of humanity have moved on to inhabit Saturn‚??s moon, Titan. Jack (Tom Cruise) and his wife Victoria (Andrea Riseborough) have remained on earth, though, to protect machinery harvesting the planet‚??s resources before Jack begins to suspect that his mission isn‚??t as straightforward as he thought it was.

    Director Joseph Kosinski follows up his previous science fiction film ‚??Tron Legacy‚?? with another venture into the future. He works from his own graphic novel and delivers an intriguing premise that pays homage to classic Sci-Fi movies like ‚??2001: A Space Odyssey‚?? and ‚??Planet of the Apes‚??. His setting is suitably bleak (captured beautifully by cinematographer Claudio Miranda), his use of visuals are striking and his tone is perfectly sombre. In fact, Kosinski actually assembles a good addition to the science fiction genre. Unfortunately, his assembly soon falls apart due to a script that‚??s devoid of any substance or characters that we can invest in. The pace is lethargic, to say the least, which only really registers that a lot of the film is just padding. Nothing happens for a good chunk of the movie and when the plot is finally opened up, it fails to make sense or hold any form of coherence. Even if it did, your likely to have lost interest by that point anyway. Cruise wanders around aimlessly (presumably in search of characterisation) and the likes of Morgan Freeman and Nikolaj Coster-Waldau needn‚??t have turned up at all. The most frustrating thing overall, though, is that the big reveal is one that we‚??ve seen many times before and all, but completely, rips-off Duncan Jones‚?? far superior ‚??Moon‚??. The similarities are almost shocking and I wouldn‚??t have been surprised to have seen Jones‚?? name on the screenwriting credits.

    Kosinski is a director that may yet find his feet. He certainly has an eye for sumptuous visuals and can stage a fine action set-piece. However, he really needs to work on a coherent narrative and one that isn‚??t as dull or desolate as the landscape that his characters roam.

    Mark Walker
  • September 6, 2013
    Joseph Kosinski's sci-fi adventure, Oblivion, keeps the story going.

    The screen time is roughly 2 hours and it does feel that long. This is due to the pacing of the story which never rushes itself, yet never seems to come to a crawl. There is a high sense of mystery an

    ... read mored intrigue as plot details are unveiled at opportune times, all the while leaving the good stuff for last.

    The set designs and effects are rock solid, which works in this film's favor given the low quantity of characters to follow. The action sequences are well planned and executed nicely.

    Tom Cruise knows how to carry a film, so there is no problem here. Andrea Riseborough and Olga Kurylenko provide good supporting roles. Drone 166 delivers as a non-human character.

    Oblivion is a well-rounded sci-fi adventure. Highly recommended.

  • August 13, 2013
    While certainly derivative of many science fiction classics, Oblivion is also a visually stunning experience worthwhile because it puts ideas in place that make you think and isn't just a visual effects spectacle with wall to wall action. The best moments of this adventure are th... read moree spare moments of discovery rather than the impressive action scenes. The story makes you think and keep you on your toes the whole time and even though there's small plot holes here and there that I wish were explained better, they didn't completely destroy the experience like they can with other movies in this genre. The movie slowly reveals its secrets over the lengthy 2 hour run time and there's spots where it could have used better pacing, but overall it does a decent job in that department. Tom Cruise gives a solid performance well within his wheelhouse he is known for while Morgan Freeman is in the movie very little despite getting significant screen time in trailers and commercials. Olga Kurylenko and Andrea Riseborough also give effective performances as the female interests in the story. Oblivion is not going to spoke in the same breath as the classics it clearly emulates, but its thoughtful and unique world is worthwhile for someone wanting a little brain with their science fiction spectacle.
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    August 12, 2013
    Oblivion is a beautiful movie, and it's always good to see an original sci-fi film now and then. Unfortunately, its style only takes this post-apocalyptic journey so far. The film is hamstrung by characters that are as barren as the desolate landscapes they traverse, and the scie... read morence fiction tropes pile up to create a congested second half full of cliches and forced twists seen in other, better sci-fi films. The actors may be talented, but the script gives them very little to work with (especially the exceptionally wasted Morgan Freeman). While you may not find much to care about in the story, its still a fun ride. The special effects are well-done, especially when it comes to the mechanical elements like the intimidating drones, which move with both a weightiness and agility that combines to form something you would definitely not want to meet in a dark alley, and Tom Cruise's ship is a really imaginative piece of futuristic technology as well. M83's score is a mixed bag. Choosing this band for this movie is the absolute perfect choice, as they have that epic, desolate futuristic-yet-retro feel to them to begin with. Unfortunately, the score they have composed rarely sounds like their 'actual' music as much as it does an imitation of contemporary blockbuster scores. Had they gone their own route (or used some tracks from their discography), they could have came up with something that really made 'Oblivion' stand out from the pack. This is just an example of the larger problem with 'Oblivion': it isn't a bad movie, but in every instance where it has a chance to be a pioneer and do something fresh, it falls back on the crutches of the past, and ends up feeling rather generic as a result.
  • August 2, 2013
    A spectacular and mind-blowing epic. A provocative and intense triumph, that returns to the grandest form of science fiction. It's a visionary, groundbreaking and explosive cinematic piece of work that shines as one of the most original and exciting films in years. It delivers an... read more explosive mix of story, characters, surprising romance, tremendous mystery, incredible action and stunning special effects. Director, Joseph Kosinski's second feature film is his original idea and brings it to life with this breathtaking and astonishing adventure that keeps your heart-pounding and your mind racing. A tremendously entertaining and action-packed thrill-machine. One of the most exhilarating and impressive science fiction movies ever made. Tom Cruise is magnificent, you truly feel the gravity of his character and you cant help but feel more drawn to him in this. Cruise just gets better and better as the years go on. Moran Freeman is terrific. Olga Kurylenko is excellent. Andrea Riseborough is brilliant.
  • July 31, 2013
    This is the kind of SciFi I like. I was even able to get over the lead being Tom Cruise!
  • July 31, 2013
    Based around a graphic novel I've never heard of and that's because it doesn't actually exist, seemed to be a clever smokescreen to gather interest in the new film. So its just an independent sci-fi film then, but that's good no? well kinda, but then again the main star is Tom Cr... read moreuise so...

    The film kicks off with narration by Cruise's character as to the fate of the Earth. Immediately I noticed the film looks amazing, I loved how they have created the desolate left overs of human civilisation with the odd landmark or tall building remaining but basically half buried and surrounded by a fresh new landscape. What we know of our world is virtually gone, through earthquakes and tsunamis everything has been buried deep creating a new face to Earth's surface...and it looks awesome!.

    The visuals in this film are nothing short of spectacular, I haven't seen such crisp sharp images for some time and that includes the CGI. But the film isn't drowned in CGI, that's the key, its used for landscapes, skylines, ruins, buildings etc...things that tend to work well rendered in CGI. There are no big alien monsters or stupid sidekick creatures etc...this is a semi serious sci-fi.

    I do get the impression they have tried for a '2001' approach here, a very realistic depiction of what could be. Designs are logical and functional, outfits and weapons aren't too silly or gung-ho, building interiors are pretty minimal in a slick 70's sci-fi kind of way (maybe a bit too clean) and the day to day activities of the main characters are mundane. Of course there are sequences within the film which pander to the regular lowest basic common sci-fi denominator which is a true shame, but you gotta have gunfights and death in everything these days huh.

    Now the plot...oh lord! the plot. Where to begin? I'll be honest, I liked the film to a degree but the plot had me guessing all the a bad way. There is a lot of confusion in this film which in my opinion isn't entirely explained. Its hard to review without spoilers, basically we don't find out what is really going on until near the end, up to that point its a frustrating game of guess what's going on.

    The main plot point is the twist of course, revolving around the main characters, that much is clear. But for most of the time you can't really say if there are any actual aliens in this, was the Earth actually destroyed by aliens or is it a huge cover up for something else?. With the ragtag humans hiding out on Earth (the story leads you to think they are aliens at first) you kinda assume its a big government cover up. Of course it seems Earth was destroyed by an alien force, but we never see them, the machines in control via the 'Tet' are automated A.I., presumably controlled by an alien race on another planet or ship??. And why is it called the 'Tet'? is that a human moniker?.

    And on the subject of this alien invader race, why send machines to invade? did they know to destroy our Moon or was that a mistake? and why capture and use cloned humans for the invasion?. They have those high powered drones which are armed to the teeth and extremely versatile, why didn't they just use the drones to invade Earth? surely they would be far more lethal, precise, with faster results and cause less problems than cloning would inevitably cause. I would imagine cloning would also take much more time no?. The drones really did make the whole cloning concept in this film quite redundant if you ask me.

    Plus in what way would our planets resources benefit them? I'm guessing they must have a planet similar to Earth? they must do, and the alien race must be similar to us in build and requirements...presumably.

    But as the story progresses the story begs more and more questions. Why were a team of astronauts flying to Titan and why did they need such a big crew?. When that crew were ejected back to Earth why did they simply orbit for sixty odd years? why did the humans on the surface wait so long to bring them down?. It seems Morgan Freeman and his cronies only decided to bring them down once they discovered the weakness in Cruise's character. So until then they just left them in orbit?.

    I still don't quite follow how or why the drones are unable to kill the Earth bound humans when they are camouflaged in their 'scav' outfits. Those hi-tech alien drones can't get through some human jetfighter tech and voice scramblers?. What are those outfits suppose to be exactly with all those feathers stuck on their helmets? and how did they make them??. Why does the alien controller 'Sally' have a Southern drawl and where that kid came from at the very end, was 'Julia' pregnant the whole time?. Oh and why does Freeman wear a black cape and those goggle-like shades?? didn't notice much intense sunshine.

    I guess what I'm saying is I really loved the way this film looked, a real leap forward in visual sci-fi. Some of the designs like the bubble ship/helicopter craft Cruise's character flies are really original and striking, the drones were a bit generic and the 'Tet' was kinda drab looking but on the whole its a visual feast for the eyes.

    I was hoping for a sensible serious sci-fi, on one hand I got it, no doubt about that, but I can't help but feel there was a classic sci-fi here. So close, but like the soundtrack/musical score and by the numbers superstar casting of Cruise, poor decisions have been made.

Critic Reviews

Michael Sragow
March 3, 2014
Michael Sragow, Orange County Register

Although it looks spectacular and boasts some pungent ideas, the surprise-to-running-time ratio is out of whack. Full Review

Wesley Morris
December 31, 2013
Wesley Morris, Grantland

It takes more than an hour for Oblivion to become whatever it is the filmmakers think it's supposed to be. Full Review

Richard Corliss
December 31, 2013
Richard Corliss, TIME Magazine

In space, Jack hopes, someone may hear you dream. But in a movie theater, no one will see you yawn. Full Review

Anthony Lane
April 29, 2013
Anthony Lane, New Yorker

Feels ever more grounded and stuck ... Full Review

David Edelstein
April 22, 2013
David Edelstein, New York Magazine/Vulture

Was Cruise trying to beat out fellow Scientologist John Travolta for the honor of starring in the dumbest sci-fi epic ever? Full Review

Ignatiy Vishnevetsky
April 21, 2013
Ignatiy Vishnevetsky, Chicago Sun-Times

If nothing else, "Oblivion" will go down in film history as the movie where Tom Cruise pilots a white, sperm-shaped craft into a giant space uterus. Full Review

Richard Roeper
April 19, 2013
Richard Roeper, Richard

This is the sci-fi movie equivalent of a pretty damn good cover band. Full Review

Tom Charity
April 19, 2013
Tom Charity,

Glossy, derivative, ambitious and fatally underpowered. Full Review

J. R. Jones
April 19, 2013
J. R. Jones, Chicago Reader

The story eventually devolves into a grab bag of sci-fi tropes but, as with so many other Cruise productions, the sheer scale of everything is so mind-numbing that you may not notice. Full Review

Andrew O'Hehir
April 19, 2013
Andrew O'Hehir,

The sly, surprising and visually magnificent Tom Cruise vehicle that has forced me - and many other people, I suspect - to revise my first opinion of director Joseph Kosinski. Full Review

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    • Jack Harper: This is bullshit. We won the war. Now we have to leave
    • Sally: Tower 49, this is Mission Control, how ya'll doing this lovely morning?
    • Victoria "Vika" Olsen: Another day in paradise Sally!
    • Jack Harper: How can a man die better?
    • Sally: You don't have to die, Jack. She doesn't have to die.
    • Jack Harper: Everybody dies, Sally. The thing is, to die well.
    • Jack Harper: What Horatius said was, "How can a man die better than facing fearful odds, for the ashes of his fathers and the temples of his gods."
    • Jack Harper: Yes Sally we are an effective team.
    • Jack Harper: I am Jack Harper. And I am home.

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