Synopsis: After an invasion by an alien race destroys half of the Earth’s moon, complete natural disaster befalls Earth. In order for mankind to survive, they move to Titan, Jupiter’s largest moon and a crew of techs are left behind to maintain the drones that protect the massive machines that are collecting the water from the seas and oceans. The final tech and his assistant have two weeks remaining on Earth before they make the journey.
Main Cast: Tom Cruise, Olga Kurylenko, Morgan Freeman, Andrea Riseborough, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Melissa Leo
The Hype: Mr Cruise is always a box office attraction. Following the success of Tron: Legacy, Oblivion’s writer Joseph Kosinski garnered a lot of interest for his unpublished novel Oblivion and eventually sold the rights to Universal studios. The film has failed to do as well as was anticipated, but I think that over time, that will change.
What I Thought: I really enjoyed this movie. the story was strong enough to keep me interested and although it was a little predictable in places, you can compare the actual movie to a few others, Independence Day, Bladerunner, Tank Girl, the influences are there to see and the actual execution of it on-screen is very nicely done. One of the highlights for me was the score though. Composed by Joseph Trapanese who wrote the score for The Raid and contributed to Tron: Legacy’s score alongside Daft Punk, the electronic sound flows through the film very well and it’s certainly one I shall be getting a hold of. The ensemble cast is also very good and Morgan Freeman pulls off his “Morpheus” type character with great aplomb, although you would expect that of him in any character really.
Conclusions: Very good cast, good story, reminiscent of a few different movies, but an altogether very enjoyable watch. The music is a highlight and I recommend this movie to fans of sci-fi.