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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:
Olga Kurylenko, Morgan Freeman
Rental Formats:
DVD, Blu-ray

Product Details

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

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Format: DVD
A surprising success. Reminiscent, in style and manner, of the sci-fi films of the 1970s, 'Oblivion' is full of energy, ideas, and philosophical concepts. Many of the below-par reviews it's been receiving have attacked it for being derivative of previous films, in that 'we've-seen-it-all-before', but they've been missing the point, as, in this case, it works, in fact, as a function in beckoning you on, with the comfort of you knowing what you are seeing and experiencing, to watch further and be enthralled - and if anything, in a world of unnecessary sequels, reboots, prequels, and needless superhero-films, this little film, with a story all of its own, be it that it has a big Hollywood star, comes across as a shining light. Tom Cruise, who's excellent in the lead role (not something you could easily say of the actor, from his recent outings), plays 'Jack Harper', one of the last survivors of Earth left stationed on the planet as part of an operation to extract vital resources, after a war with a 'threat' only known as the 'Scavs' has ended. However, when he rescues a stranger he seems to have deep-rooted memories of, everything he believes in, including his very existence, comes into question. From the offset, the film is beautifully shot, with spectacular scenery and environment, exposing a futuristic world that has undergone an apocalyptical disaster; it is literally spellbounding, the sheer detail and vision that has gone into it (which includes the advanced technology the world of the film exposes) - almost like a piece of art. For those wanting mindless action-sequence after mindless action-sequence, this will be a disappointment, as the film works more as a novel, in that the tension and intrigue build at a gradual steady pace, an intellectual pace, as the plot starts to unfold.Read more ›
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By Jules TOP 500 REVIEWER on 20 Aug. 2013
Format: DVD
In the year 2077 we follow tech engineer Jack Harper (Cruise), who explains that 60 years ago Alien invaders known as Scavengers, attacked Earth, in the process destroying Earth's moon which caused catastrophic earthquakes & tsunamis, while the Scavs were only defeated by nuclear weapons which ravaged the Earth & making it mostly uninhabitable. The human race has migrated to a moon orbiting Saturn (Titan), and Jack along with Victoria Olsen (Riseborough) are the two remaining humans on Earth overseeing the maintenance of drones to protect resource gathering hubs to support Titan, from any remaining Scavs. However, not all is as it seems.

Coming into this with no expectations, we found it an enjoyable enough journey through the viewpoint of Jack Harper, as it slowly unravels it's story with a few action set pieces, tense moments & twists sprinkled throughout it's 2 hour run time. The length of the movie itself was just about manageable, i'm sure they could had snipped out some bit's to shave 15-20 minutes off & make it more pacey. But still, it just about kept us on tenterhooks & the finish was somewhat rewarding with humanity sticking up a middle finger.

Tom Cruise was his usual assured self handling the action like a pro & solid acting performance that stays within his tried & tested boundaries. Andrea Riseborough (Made In Dagenham) was the most emotionally convincing performance. Morgan Freeman (The Shawshank Redemption) added his usual cool style & screen gravitas with his smaller, yet critical part to play, his presence alone just makes films better.
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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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