Oblivion 2013

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On a spectacular future Earth that has evolved beyond recognition, one manās confrontation with the past will lead him on a journey of redemption and discovery as he battles to save mankind. Jack Harper (Cruise) is one of the last few drone repairmen stationed on Earth. Part of a massive operation to extract vital resources after decades of war with a terrifying threat known as the Scavs, Jackās mission is nearly complete. Living and patrolling the breathtaking skies from thousands of feet above, his soaring existence is brought crashing down when he rescues a beautiful stranger from a downed spacecraft. Her arrival triggers a chain of events that forces him to question everything he knows and puts the fate of humanity in his hands.

Starring:
Morgan Freeman, Andrea Riseborough
Rental Formats:
DVD, Blu-ray

Product Details

Discs
  • Feature ages_12_and_over
Runtime 2 hours 5 minutes
Starring Morgan Freeman, Andrea Riseborough, Tom Cruise, Olga Kurylenko, Zoe Bell, Melissa Leo, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau
Director Joseph Kosinski
Genres Science Fiction
Studio UNIVERSAL PICTURES
Rental release 18 October 2013
Main languages English
Discs
  • Feature ages_12_and_over
Runtime 2 hours 5 minutes
Starring Morgan Freeman, Andrea Riseborough, Tom Cruise, Olga Kurylenko, Zoe Bell, Melissa Leo, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau
Director Joseph Kosinski
Genres Science Fiction
Studio UNIVERSAL PICTURES
Rental release 18 October 2013
Main languages English

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Susman VINE VOICE on 14 April 2013
Format: DVD
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Oblivion is a post-apocalyptic speculative fiction movie founded on Joseph Kosinski's unpublished graphic novel of the same name.

The is scene set as we are lead into an impressive post-apocalyptic Earth where the moon has been destroyed, the textures and colours are vivid and almost photo shopped; the remnants of Man's world are literally fused into the landscape, or disintegrating amphitheatre of an American football stadium, we are shown the pitiful spire of the Empire State Building. This is all the result of a Pyrrhic victory against extra-terrestrial interlopers called `Scavs'/`Scavengers', in principle the human race has essentially given up on Earth.

On this `barren' world there appears to be a couple who are doing their stint as caretakers as they are instructed by mission controller Sally (Melissa Leo) to protect the colossal offshore fusion energy generators, which are producing power for the colonists on Titan, they are harvesting the last of Earth's riches - water and when needed mopping up `Scavs'/`Scavengers'. What is left of Humanity lives on a large orbiting satellite while the rest have moved to mankind's' new home Titan? Jack, who does the maintenance has a partner called Victoria, who is a communications specialist and lover, they live in `Sky deck' or Sky Tower, high up off the ground, a rather amazing uncluttered structure and command centre. They even have a glass bottom swimming pool for tempting night dips. They are told that they too will join their colleagues on the satellite and will then be transported to Titan. Mission controller Sally always asks "Are still an effective team". However, the situation for these human caretakers what's left of earth is not all that seems.
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178 of 203 people found the following review helpful By Maciej TOP 500 REVIEWER on 2 May 2013
Format: DVD
I liked this film. It is not an immortal master-piece, but it is well made. Below, some more of my impressions, with limited SPOILERS.

Year of Grace 2079. After a devastating war against alien invaders, Moon was broken in pieces and Earth was left a barren, poisoned desolation. The aliens were in principle defeated but what was left of humanity had to move to Titan, which is now being slowly terraformed. The ruined Earth was abandoned to two categories of inhabitants - the Scavs, a handful of alien survivors, stranded castaways barely managing to survive miserably one day at a time and the two lonely humans, Victoria (Andrea Riseborough) and Jack (Tom Cruise) who supervise the last stage of evacuation of the planet, which includes pumping and carrying away what remains of uncontaminated water on Earth by robotic installations and automated cargo ships.

Jack does the most dangerous job by flying daily repair and maintenance missions, mostly fixing combat drones, which protect the installations from the desperate and aggressive Scavs. From their flying house, a safe refuge out of reach of Scavs, Victoria watches over him, warns him of dangers and if necessary musters drones to help him. It is a harsh and quite sad life, but they have one another for comfort - and also their task will soon be over.

But Jack is not well. He doesn't sleep well since some time and every morning wakes up more and more tired, exhausted by strange dreams which repeat themselves - dreams in which he meets a strange Woman (Olga Kurylenko), a woman he can not remember ever knowing, but who nevertheless seems surprisingly familiar... And then, one day after he wakes up for another day of work on the surface, the film really begins...
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Willy Eckerslike TOP 500 REVIEWER on 26 Dec. 2013
Format: Blu-ray Verified Purchase
Given the polarisation of popular opinion voiced in previous reviews, we settled down to watch this movie on Christmas afternoon with open minds, hoping for the best but half expecting disappointment. I'm happy to say that the former sentiment definitely won the day.

Tom Cruise plays his usual monolithic self as a repair-man for drones protecting vast machines against marauding Scavenger survivors as the machines suck the planet dry to provide fusion energy for the last bastion of mankind on Titan following a war with `the Scavengers' which left the moon destroyed and the Earth ruined. Or at least that is what he thinks he's doing.

It is difficult to elaborate further on the gradually unveiled truth without spoilers but it isn't really that hard to second guess the plot if you have a decent grounding in science fiction; it is not complicated and there's nothing startlingly original in any of the individual themes or their treatment. The whole film does, however, merge this potpourri of standard sci-fi plot devices into a fairly coherent whole. There is much either blatant plagiarism from or reverential hat-tipping to (depending on your point of view) almost every science fiction film & TV series since the 1970's and there are some gaping plot holes (try to keep track of the elusive flight recorder from the Odyssey if you can) but there's plenty of really cool hardware to keep the interest of our inner teenager and some excellent 70's music.

The film is visually stunning; not in an obvious flash-bang way but more the product of careful and consistent design and as a consequence, the whole experience is immersive and neatly conceived.
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