Category: Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi
Age Restriction: 10LV
Well known names: Tom Cruise, Morgan Freeman, Joseph Kosinski (Director)
This week we are taking a look at the latest Tom Cruise film, Oblivion. It’s an American science fiction film brought to us by the director of TRON: Legacy who also co-wrote, produced and directed it as Oblivion is based on his unpublished graphic novel of the same name.
The film takes place in 2077, where 60 years earlier Earth was attacked by aliens known as the Scavengers. In the war the moon was destroyed which lead to tsunamis and earth quakes leaving Earth a mess and in a final attempt to win the war all the nuclear bombs were detonated making Earth uninhabitable to anyone.
Jack Harper (Tom Cruise) is part of the two-man clean up crew stationed on Earth to do maintenance on the drones that protect the last resource (the ocean) from the remaining Scavs. They only have two weeks left then they’ll be replaced by a different team and be able to join the rest of the population on Titan.
As they near the end of their mission, a spaceship, The Odyssey, crashes on the surface after a Scav homing beacon brought it down. On inspection Jack finds sleeping capsules with humans in them in hibernation. Jack is able to rescue one of these people from the wreckage and he immediately recognises her as the woman he has been having flashbacks of, but doesn’t understand why.
From here onwards everything get’s very interesting and also very confusing as you experience the twists and turns of the plot and realize that Jack is actually, as the quite appropriately named Title tells us, in a state of Oblivion. He is unaware or unconscious of what is actually happening on Earth.
This an intriguing action filled story with lots of surprises along the way. For the most part it is clean with not a lot of blood and violence between humans and also not a lot of bad language that’s thrown around. There are a couple of words here and there as well as one seduction scene.
If you would like more info on what exactly it entails and if you have questions about how this film will affect you kids, go have a look at http://www.commonsensemedia.org/movie-reviews/oblivion . I always pop on to Common Sense Media if I’m trying to get an honest perspective about a movies content. It’s a good sight to bookmark.