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2077: Jack Harper serves as a security repairmen stationed on an evacuated Earth. Part of a massive operation to extract vital resources after decades of war with a terrifying alien threat who still scavenges what's left of our planet, Jack's mission is almost complete. Living in and patrolling the breathtaking skies from thousands of feet above, Jack's soaring existence is brought crashing down after he rescues a beautiful stranger from a downed spacecraft. Drawn to Jack through a connection that transcends logic, her arrival triggers a chain of events that forces him to question everything he thought he knew.
Sci-Fi Action Adventure - This is a science fiction adventure film, but one more oriented to
drama and ideas than fast paced action. While the film has a very
small cast, it is mostly a showcase for star Tom Cruise and female
co-stars Andrea Riseborough and Olga Kurylenko; while prominently
featured in the publicity, Morgan Freeman's role is fairly small and
doesn't emerge until fairly late. Adult themes, violence, and mild
sensuality make this not one for young children.
PROFANITY: 1 F-word; 4 S-words; 3 Gd's; a few others. SEX/NUDITY: Brief non-sexual nudity; mild sensuality. VIOLENCE: Some fighting with some blood. DRUGS/ALCOHOL: Some tobacco. ACTION: Fighting, chases, destruction. COMEDY: Some cute kid humor.
Berardinelli, Internet CriticFull Review Good Despite being tarted up with enough action to stave off boredom for inattentive viewers, Oblivion is still more of a "true" sci-fi offering than 90% of what Hollywood passes off as such.
Roger EbertFull Review Average "Oblivion" is a special effects extravaganza with a lot of blatant symbolism and very little meaning. It starts slow, turns dull and then becomes tedious — which makes it a marginal improvement over the earlier film. It features shiny surfaces, clicky machinery and no recognizable human behavior. It's equally ambitious and gormless.
USA TodayFull Review Above Average Oblivion is a slick spectacle...But with the film focusing squarely on style, substance falls by the post-apocalyptic wayside. Director Joseph Kosinski focuses on cool visuals but stints on a compelling plot. It's a dazzler, but the story lacks the impact of the futuristic look.
Washington PostFull Review Above Average It's an engrossing, if complicated and twisty, story, with plentiful sci-fi action and a provocative subtext about the nature of the human soul. At times, however, the balance between those two things feels off. Some of the fight sequences, which involve robotic flying "drones" mounted with guns, go on a bit longer than is strictly necessary.
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OPINION OVERVIEW The following is the original "What's Worth
Watching" write-up for this movie.
Based on a theater exit polling of 138 moviegoers:
CHILDREN:Half loved "Oblivion" and half most of the rest only rated it "average" to "below average."
TEENS:Nearly all the males and two-thirds of the females loved "Oblivion." The rest rated it "average," which is a bit low but not bad.
TWENTYSOMETHINGS:Half the males loved it and half felt it was an "average" movie. The female reviews are mediocre. One loved it, three rated it "above average," one rated it "average" and one rated it "below average."
ADULTS:The male and female reviews are nearly identical. About a third loved "Oblivion." Another third rated it "above average," which indicates a movie they enjoyed very much. Nearly all of the remaining third rated it "average," which is a little on the low side but not too bad.
2077: Jack Harper (Tom Cruise) serves as a security repairmen stationed on an evacuated Earth. Part of a massive operation to extract vital resources after decades of war with a terrifying alien threat who still scavenges what's left of our planet, Jack's mission is almost complete. In a matter of two weeks, he will join the remaining survivors on a lunar colony far from the war-torn world he has long called home.
Living in and patrolling the breathtaking skies from thousands of feet above, Jack's soaring existence is brought crashing down after he rescues a beautiful stranger from a downed spacecraft. Drawn to Jack through a connection that transcends logic, her arrival triggers a chain of events that forces him to question everything he thought he knew. With a reality that is shattered as he discovers shocking truths that connect him to Earth of the past, Jack will be pushed to a heroism he didn't know he contained within. The fate of humanity now rests solely in the hands of a man who believed our world was soon to be lost forever.