Oblivion Movie With Tom Cruise in Theatres April 19th! ~ snymed

Thursday, April 18, 2013

Oblivion Movie With Tom Cruise in Theatres April 19th!

Oblivion From Universal Pictures Opens April 19, 2013! 
When I heard that Oblivion from Universal Pictures was coming to theatres April 19th, I knew that I wanted to attend the advance screening!  I've been a fan of Tom Cruise since the Risky Business and Top Guns days--and I'm also an avid fan of science fiction movies and literature.  As I had really enjoyed Tom Cruise in Minority Report, based on the Philip K. Dick novel, I thought that Oblivion definitely held promise.  It is directed, produced and co-written by Joseph Kosinski of Tron: Legacy.

Oblivion is set in the year 2077 on a war-devastated Earth.  60 years earlier alien scavengers (Scavs) destroyed the moon, and Earth defended itself from the Scavs using atomic bombs.  Earth won the war, but at the expense of losing the planet due to nuclear destruction.  The only two people left on Earth are drone repairman Jack Harper (Cruise) and communications officer and bedmate Victoria (Andrea Riseborough).
Jack Harper (Cruise) Surveys Water Collection Units on Earth
The human race has supposedly fled to Titan, where Harper and Victoria will soon rejoin them once their 5-year tour of duty is complete.  As a security precaution, Jack and Victoria have had their memories wiped clean--although Jack regularly sees glimpses into what cannot be his past.  These glimpses both haunt and intrigue Jack.  As massive collection units drain the Earth's oceans, Harper must ensure that the armed drones are in combat-ready condition against the Scavs.

Not wishing to spoil the plot, I'd like to say that Oblivion features breath-taking scenery, amazing special effects and really neat futuristic gadgets.  It also showed hope for the future, and the message that Earth and humanity will endure.  Some of my favourite technology in the movie includes a clear glass airplane, which is a combination of a WW2 gunner plane and egg beater.  I also loved the low tech-futuristic look of Harper's motorcycle, and his streamlined living habitat.  And I did like the tone of the film, which projected hope for the future, instead of the apocalyptic vision I've seen in sci fi films of recent years.
Harper (Cruise) and Julia (Olga Kurylenko) Trying to Evade Naughty Drones
I did find Oblivion somewhat predictable, with nods to movies like The Matrix, 2001: A Space Odyssey,  Star Wars: The Clone Wars and others.  I also found that the film lacked emotion in key scenes where I was expecting it the most.  The movie did offer somewhat of a surprise when the Scavs brought a capsule down from space of the Odyssey space ship, but motive was lacking as to why the drones sought to attack the capsule.  There were many unanswered questions.  I was also disappointed that Morgan Freeman appeared very briefly in the movie as Malcolm Beech, although he acted his role well, as usual.

If you love science fiction movies, Tom Cruise, or high tech gadgets, then you will enjoy watching Oblivion.  It comes to theatres from Universal Pictures on April 19th, 2013.  See it in IMAX if you can and you won't regret it.  Click here for the movie trailer of Oblivion.

Are you a fan of science fiction films or of Tom Cruise?  What is your favourite science fiction film (ie: Star Wars, The Matrix, etc)?  Are you planning on seeing Oblivion?    

11 comments:

  1. Well, I do love a little Tom Cruise so I would probably enjoy this movie. I usually like a comedy, but this sounds pretty interesting. Great review and teaser.

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  2. I am a Tom Cruise fan - although more his older movies (80's and 90's) - not a huge sci-fi fan though

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    1. mamawee, Tom Cruise is a very versatile actor.

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  3. I like Tom Cruise movies from the good ole days. We watched Risky Business for my 12th birthday party sleepover!?

    I really feel sorry for Tom Cruise being stuck on the planet earth with only one other beautiful woman. If everyone had his problems ;)

    I can see how this would be a box office hit and I do enjoy sci-fi flicks. Thanks for sharing.

    Besos, Sarah
    Blogger at Journeys of The Zoo
    Finding Humour in Everyday Life
    journeysofthezoo at hotmail dot com

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    1. Sarah, that would have been THE BEST sleepover movie! It seemed so risque!

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  4. I have to be honest, I have no desire to see this film. Although, I'm sure I will because my husband loves movies.

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    1. Randa, Universal Pictures has lots of other titles coming out this summer, so there will be something for everyone. My kids are looking forward to Despicable Me 2!

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  5. I'm a sucker for a good sci-fi flick, as is my hubby, so I'm certain to be lining up for this one.

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    1. Deanna, I'm SO crazy for sci fi, it's ridiculous!

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  6. This was a pretty good movie. I liked the twist at the end

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