Oblivion 2013

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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

Product Details

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
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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7 of 7 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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167 of 189 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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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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20 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Andy Barnard on 17 Aug 2013
Format: Blu-ray
I watched this with no real expectations and was very pleasantly surprised. Good acting, amazing visuals and a twisty plot make for one of the better sci-fi films I've seen in a while. The only problem is that when you start to think about it, it doesn't hold up to scrutiny at all. Spoilers follow.
I can forgive a lot of the holes quite easily but the main one, on which the entire story is centred, is why would the aliens create clones......and then try to trick them? What, it's easier to build over 50 flying houses and a bunch of other cool contraptions to fool clones you created, (and who have memories you gave them!) than it is to just build some spare killer robots? Beech even said that there were thousands of soulless clones originally so why not just make these ones kill people like the others? Why the deception, on which the whole thing is based?!
Once you start picking at it like this, it's very difficult to stop much in the same way as with the good but flawed 'Prometheus'. Why did Cruise's character show no surprise to learn there were a load of other humans left on earth, but he was surprised that aliens were sending a signal off the planet? How did Beech know the line of the book he'd read? I could go on.
Despite all this I've given it 4 stars because it is a really enjoyable film and certainly one of the better Hollywood attempts at serious sci-fi. I may even watch it again.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By K. Newell on 29 Nov 2013
Format: DVD
I didn't see this at the cinema because of the mediocre press reviews and what a mistake. I don't know what film they were watching but this had everything you could want from a sci fi. Good atmospheric fx, decent plot and context and excellently executed by the cast.
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27 of 33 people found the following review helpful By Ghost on 24 July 2013
Format: Blu-ray
***** PLEASE NOTE THIS CONTAINS SPOILERS *****

As a fan of almost anything science fiction based, and having been lured by the trailers, I really wanted to like this film. Not just like, but rave about it. Unfortunately It didn't quite hit the mark for me.

The premise of the movie is that it is approximately sixty years after the earth was destroyed by a war against alien lifeforms. The moon took a hefty hit and lies in the sky like a partially crushed sphere, trails of it's debris leaking across the atmosphere. Down on the surface earth has been affected by the change in the moons gravitational field, causing earthquakes to ravage the planet and leave it uninhabitable. Naturally we used nuclear weapons during the war so that left it pretty knackered too. After we won, humans migrated to Titan (a moon of Saturn) and teams of two technicians have been left on earth to maintain some high level technology which provides benefit to Titan.

The movie revolves around Tech 49, Jack Harper (Tom Cruise), who maintains the running of the equipment, aided by his partner Victoria played by Andrea Riseborough.

The opening visuals are slick and effective, capturing the contrast of the gleaming, sterile human environs and the devastated planet. To further enhance this divide, the Technicians live up in the clouds on a high rise platform home, with only Cruise descending to fulfill his task of repairing the aerial weapons (called drones) which protect the vast machines from the alien threat still on Earth.

And here is where the story starts to slip, with too many unanswered questions that come from trying to fit too many good ideas into one movie.
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