Science fiction action film “Oblivion” takes a long journey through a destroyed futuristic Earth. The story takes a long time to get to the key aspects of the story making the film feel stretched out at its already long run time of two hours and six minutes.
Security repairmen Jack Harper, played by Tom Cruise, stationed on an evacuated planet Earth, is part of a massive operation to extract vital resources from Earth. After decades at war with a terrifying alien threat who scavenge the remains of the planet, Jack and his teammate Victoria, played by Andrea Riseborough, are two weeks away from rejoining the rest of humanity. While on their mission they are protected by drones. Jack continuously has a recurring dream about a woman he feels is familiar but does not recognize.
Cruise does an excellent job of portraying a strong protective warrior who enjoys being on earth.
The relationship between Jack and Victoria has an awkward feeling although their interaction is quite passionate. Riseborough gives her Victoria the feel of being infatuated or obsessed with Jack. Victoria does not seem to be a full partner or couple with Jack. A shuttle crashes down containing five humans in “delta sleep,” as the film calls it, inside pods. Jack goes to explore the crash. Drones destroy four of the pods but he protects the remaining pod. The pod contains Julia, played by Olga Kurylenko, who is the woman Jack has been dreaming of.
The mood to the story intensifies as Julia and Jack’s chemistry increases. The story goes off in a different direction as Jack starts to learn more about this world he has been living in. The fate of planet Earth relies on the courage of Jack.
I give this movie a 3 out of 5 popcorns. It’s entertaining but builds up up so much tension for an unsatisfying ending. There’s so much the film leaves unexplained and just assumes the audience will fill the plot holes.
“Oblivion” out in theaters now.