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

Oblivion

Product Details

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  • 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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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Alan Jones on 4 Nov 2014
Format: DVD
Although exploring similar themes found in Duncan Jones’s debut film Moon, this is a much more ambitious project incorporating a global apocalypse resulting from an attack on the Earth by an alien civilization. Jack Harper and his companion Victoria appear to be “an effective team” in protecting the gigantic offshore fusion energy generators essential for the establishment of a human colony on Titan, one of Saturn’s moons. Jack is protecting these generators from attacks by ‘Scavs’, a tribe of aliens who have remained on Earth after the war. Also protecting the generators are armed flying ‘drones’, genuinely menacing weapons very reminiscent of the surveillance robots seen in the underrated low budget 2009 film Eyeborgs. Although Jack has had his memory erased he is distracted by recurring visions of a possible past life and an unknown woman. As the film progresses, this puzzle and other questions relating to the alien war are gradually answered in an intelligent, satisfying manner. Definitely a film to watch more than once.
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168 of 190 people found the following review helpful By Darth Maciek 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 JMM on 5 Nov 2014
Format: Blu-ray
Where Oblivion succeeds most is as a pure sensory experience. I suggest you watch this film on the biggest screen possible with the volume loud - very few movies look or sound as good as this one does. Three elements make this movie worth watching (and owning on blu-ray):

1. The Design - the technology and architecture is amazing. You can tell that the production design was given a great deal of care (in fact, many of the designs come directly from the director's graphic novel). I think the Bubbleship is an amazing vehicle and a great design. Movies like this present exciting possibilities for what future technology might look like - and that's something I enjoy contemplating.

2. The Locations - I love when movies take you to places that you might never get to visit in person. A lot of this movie was shot in real locations (in particular the amazing landscapes of Iceland), rather than on soundstages with bluescreen. It's also interesting to see recognizable landmarks (the Pentagon, the Washington Monument, Empire State Building, etc) deserted and destroyed. Of course, the destruction is all thanks to visual effects, but it looks very realistic.

3. The Soundtrack - the original music for the film was written by M83, and it's the best movie score of the year. The soundtrack perfectly compliments the visuals. In fact, the blu-ray has an isolated score so you can watch the movie with only the music (no dialogue or sound effects) - watching the movie this way illustrates how much of the story can be conveyed through the music alone.

A lot of the criticisms of the movie deal with the fact that the movie is derivative - that it borrows ideas from other films. I would not dispute that claim; I would just say that not every movie is going to be groundbreaking in terms of story or plot. I think there are enough ideas in this movie to keep it interesting - even if I've seen it all before, I haven't seen it quite like this.
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7 of 8 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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