Oblivion (2013)

oblivion-tom-cruiseStarring: Tom Cruise, Olga Kurylenko, Andrea Riseborough, Morgan Freeman, Melissa Leo

Directed by: Joseph Kosinski

PG-13. 125 mins

Heavy on exposition and light on creativity, this is a well-acted but entirely derivative blockbuster. The director of Tron: Legacy brings us into Earth 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 the planet, Jack’s mission is almost complete. Before he can join the remaining survivors on a lunar colony he must face the demons of his past and discover the true identity of a beautiful stranger (Olga Kurylenko) he saved from a downed spacecraft. Ridiculous plot holes and an odd understanding of suspense aside, the film ultimately fails because it begins with promise and quickly forgoes any sort of character development. Instead, the audience is subjected to twists and turns so illogical that the only way to wrap things up nicely is to transform the film into a predictable save-the-world action flick that recycles sci-fi tropes to an infuriating degree. To be fair, it looks great and Cruise is in top form but the soulless love story and tiresome plotting make Oblivion one of the best looking bad films ever made – * 1/2

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