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On a spectacular future Earth 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. 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, Jack’s 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:
Tom Cruise, Morgan Freeman
Rental Formats:
DVD, Blu-ray

Oblivion

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

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Squire Humphrey (Azzy) on 27 Jan 2014
Format: Blu-ray Verified Purchase
First of all, I should say that this is the first Blu-ray film I have ever seen (watching on my new Panasonic TXL47FT tv). The picture quality is stunning, and having now also watched Braveheart and Monsters University on Blu-ray, I can tell you that Oblivion looks sublime in comparison. It truly is a visual feast.

Onto the film, and there is plenty here for everyone:

- Sci-fi lover? A great plot that develops at just the right pace, with great effects and a classic sci-fi ending.
- Action lover? Plenty of fantastic, edge-of-your-seat action here for you to drool over.
- More of a thinker? The plot will have you gripped from start to finish.
- Tom Cruise fan? Spoiler alert - the shirt does indeed come off.

I consider myself firmly under the first three of those, and after watching Oblivion in Blu-ray, I may well be on my way to converting into #4 as well...

I would recommend this to anyone who wants to watch a good film that's not too long (2hrs) and who wants to be blown away by picturesque beauty.

5/5 from me!
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166 of 188 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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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Mr. J. O'brien on 18 Aug 2013
Format: DVD
If you're a fan of well written, well acted, intelligent Sci-Fi. Then please ignore the one star reviews some people have given this film. This film has a fantastic futuristic set design, and a great story. Yes it may have hues of Independence Day, Aeon Flux and Moon. But is done better than any of them. (Not that they are bad films). A couple of the plot twists, were predictable if you are a Sci-Fi fan. But there is nothing new under the sun! Don't want give away any plot spoilers. The film is a tale of two halves, as other reviewers have mentioned. The second part much more of any actioner, but this is well paced and none the worst for it. Tom Cruise is Tom Cruise though. He gives a very rounded believable performance, but you still tend to identify the character as Tom rather than Jack. Much in the same way as you see Will Smith when saving the world. A non A-lister would have suited the role better, but film companys bottom line has to be box-office performance. Highly recommended, with out doubt one of the best Sci-Fi's for years. Well worth the five stars. ***** Joe O'Brien
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57 of 68 people found the following review helpful By Mr Ledger on 4 May 2013
Format: DVD
I went to the cinema to see this twice last week - very refreshing to see something without all the clutter of CGI that we get so regularly. Beautiful imagery, amazing music score, and perfect characters. Sit back and enjoy it, stop criticizing everything that exists and you will realize how engrossing this film is. I want more stuff like this, lots more.
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By Mr. C. Gelderd VINE VOICE on 7 Aug 2014
Format: Blu-ray
This film is almost split into two, or so it felt to me. The first half is a visually stunning set-up, with breathtaking cinematography and visuals that encapsulate why science fiction is a real gem of a genre, and often ruined by too much on screen with too much noise and action. As Cruise’s character introduces us to the remnants of Earth and we accompany him on his routine exploration and dangerous job of military repairman, the vast, endless wasteland of the planet is a thing of beauty; from the eerie, hanging remains of our destroyed Moon frozen in the cosmos above to the destroyed remains of the Empire State Building, the New York Yankee stadium and other notable landscapes all brought down to nothing.

It feels spacious, it feels vast and is wonderfully enjoyable to explore with Cruise, who plays yet another likeable character in his later years. Not cocky or self-assured, but methodical, passionate and calm. He involves us in his thoughts and his feelings, connecting with us as audiences in the face of remembering all he holds dear. There is some action, but it’s never grand or CG heavy, it’s a frantic burst for survival, before it’s over and we continue the exploration; just another day in the life of a Tech. And the tower block Harper and Vika live in is stunning, thanks to the glorious surroundings you see during the day and night.

The second half, once we are introduced to the beautiful and brilliant Olga Kurylenko as Julia, escalates into a thrilling action spectacle, with CG enhanced battles and aerobatics. One thing about Kurylenko is her ability to be just as powerful opposite the leading star, if not more so.
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