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Film review: Oblivion

On April 22, 2013

By Sophia Whitfield

Oblivion is a futuristic dystopian science fiction thriller based on the 2010 graphic novel written by Joseph Kosinski and Arvid Nelson. Kosinski adapted his novel for the big screen, directing this adaptation.

Set in 2073, Earth has suffered a catastrophic invasion from an alien force which has succeeded in annihilating most of the human race and ruining Earth’s landmarks. Those who survived have fled, now living in orbit.  Tom Cruise is commander Jack Harper, one of the only humans left on Earth. It is his task to keep the drones in action that police Earth, destroying any remaining alien life.

Jack and his partner Vika (Andrea Riseborough) work together as a team. Vika stays behind in their home monitoring Jack, keeping him up to date with possible alien life form while Jack goes out every day pursuing his mission to keep the drones operating. They have two weeks left until their mission is complete and they can finally join their fellow humans in orbit.

Jack can be volatile at times and Vika, with just two weeks left of their purgatory, is desperate to keep him in check. But when Jack rescues Julia Rusakova (Olga Kurylenko) from a crashed spacecraft, he comes face to face with the woman of his dreams, causing Jack to question everything he knows. A meeting with Malcolm Beech (Morgan Freeman), a deemed enemy force, serves to heighten his curiosity.

While there are a couple of plot twists and turns at the end that give the film credibility, it ultimately falls short in the narrative. Visually the film is rather spectacular with sweeping landscape shots of a ruined desolate Earth.

Oblivion is out now.

 

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