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Movie Review: Oblivion



By Maria NeCastro of www.girlwiththemovieblog.blogs…

This futuristic mid-April release stars Tom Cruise, Morgan Freeman, Olga Kurylenko, and Andrea Riseborough.

The premise of the film is that Tom Cruise is a drone-repair technician on Earth, sixty years after the planet had been evacuated during a war in 2017.  As one of the last people on Earth, Cruise’s character, Jack Harper, has an unobstructed view of the world left in ruins.  

From the trailers, Oblivion, may look like any other futuristic action movie with an aging star, such as Colin Farrell’s film Total Recall (2012), but it proved to be a far more thought-provoking story.

In Jack’s mission to repair drones on the abandoned planet, he begins to wonder about his memories formed before being sent on this task.  In a slightly-cheesy, but mostly tasteful foreshadowing, he envisions himself at the top of the Empire State Building with a woman.  Suddenly, on one of his repair visits, he finds a ship of humans in stasis that has crashed onto the planet from its suspension in space, but there is no coincidence that the woman from his memory is one of the people he discovers.  

Oblivion, though it looks like it could be another Prometheus, is a film worth watching in theaters.  Don’t let the trailers fool you, it is more than just action and violence, it is a story about identity, love, bravery, and hope in the most discouraging conditions.     


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