Oblivion (2013): Tom Cruise, Morgan Freeman, Olga Kurylenko, Andrea Riseborough, Melissa Leo
A science fiction film with a twisted plot, exceptional visuals and fast paced action. The movie is the perfect fun flick with a unexpected finale.
Background: The film Oblivion takes place in the year of 2077. Earth was attacked sixty years earlier by aliens known as Scavengers or "Scavs" for short. The war destroyed half of the moon and earth is now inhabitable. Tom Cruise, Jack Harper, Technician #49, is stationed on Earth to extract the remaining resources, especially water, for the remaining humans on the space station called Tet with a new colony on Titan. Harper lives in a high rise tower along with girlfriend Andrea Riseborough, Victoria, both in constant communications with Tet. Daily correspondence occurs between Victoria and Melissa Leo, Sally. Both, Jack and Victoria had a memory brain swipe five years before, preventing a security breach if captured by the Scav's. Jack's primary job is to take care of the drones that protect the water producing stations from the Scav's that remain on Earth. The Scav's leader is Morgan Freeman, Malcomb Beach. Of course, a conflict between Jack and the Scav's is inevitable. On the side, Jack suffers from reoccurring dreams of a woman, Olga Kurylenko, Julie, seen by Harper at the Empire State Building prior to the end of civilization on Earth. Additionally, Jack locates a spot on Earth that is lush, and a haven of tranquility. And, so the story and the plot unravel in a weave of suspense.
Oblivion is an exciting summer movie for the film goer looking to be entertained. The film isn't a work of art with superb acting or an Oscar winning flick with a well written script and great storytelling. Instead, it is sheer entertainment. After all, summer movie goers sometimes want to be transported to the future or another time for a moment of escape from daily life.