Oblivion movie poster. Incredible on the big screen, buckle up, enjoy the ride, and ignore the plot holes. It is fast paced, slickly acted, and looks fantastic.

If I had to sum up the new Tom Cruise film, Oblivion, it would certainly be Science Fictiony. This one has pieces of all the classics, intended or not, and offers up a heaping helping of the genres best elements. Even those who aren't real fans should experience this one on the big screen, simply for the sites and sounds.

In the distant future a war veteran named Jack (Tom Cruise) has the mission of maintain missionary used to extract the few remaining resources on Earth. The moon was destroyed which brought havoc onto the world. All is gone and those who survived are living on a moon of Saturn. Jack and his partner Victoria (Andrea Riseborough) are in the final two weeks of the mission when Jack discovers that all isn't as it seems, especially when a woman (Olga Kurylenko) crash lands who has old ties to Jack.

This film looks amazing and the IMAX sound experience tops most. It is almost hard to decide if the film is as good as it appears or if the experience of seeing it on the big screen makes it noteworthy. Director Joseph Kosinski and his crew create a barren wasteland that truly captures a world destroyed of all living beings. I was reminded of films like Moon, Planet of the Apes, Dune, and even Star Wars. The attention to detail is important in these films and nothing is overlooked here. In comparison to the barren landscape, the space stations and bubble ship are sleek and clean.

It is important to talk about the story line. Though intriguing and strong enough to hold your attention there is that need to overlook a few genre expected holes. Science Fiction has certain ingredients that are needed. In this one you don't have to totally check out. At the same time you don't have to overthink it either. It is best enjoyed if you just buckle up and love the ride.

Cruise carries this film and whether you are a fan or not you will appreciate his abilities in Oblivion. He doesn't try and do things outside his age window. Jack is a working class guy who keeps his head down, does his job, but still has a heart for the simple things. Tom captures all of these nicely. The film also stars Morgan Freeman in a role that I think anyone could have done. He has minimal screen time even though the character is an intricate part of the story. So the person is more important than who places him.

Oblivion is rated PG-13 for sci-fi action violence, brief strong language, and some sensuality/nudity. It is safe for those 16 and up even though a few brief scenes will be awkward to watch with parents. The action and violence are for the most part man against machine, as with most in this genre. I give it 4 out of 5 ball caps. You don't not have to be a sci fi junkie to appreciate this one. It is fast paced, slickly acted, and looks fantastic.


Matt Mungle

Review copyright 2013 Mungleshow Productions. Used by Permission.

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