Directed by Joseph Kosinski, Oblivion is set in 2077 on a future, evacuated Earth that has evolved beyond recognition, where veteran and security repairmen Jack Harper (Tom Cruise) is assigned to extract Earth’s remaining resources. With his mission almost complete, Jack is set to join the remaining survivors on a lunar colony in a matter of weeks, but his soaring existence is brought crashing down after he rescues a beautiful stranger from a downed spacecraft. Drawn to Jack through a connection that transcends logic, her arrival triggers a chain of events that forces him to question everything he thought he knew.
Personally, I love a film that combines science fiction and a dystopian setting well, so I found myself anticipating Oblivion quite a bit when the first trailer arrived. However, dystopian science fictions are rarely done well because of one key thing – their lack of identity. This is Oblivion‘s biggest shortcoming, failing to stand out with any originality because it largely lacks any life; there’s no detail in its setting, no power in its story, just a recognisable face on the front page. Needless to say, I have been let down.
Tom Cruise is an actor that I don’t often enjoy, but occasionally I find myself really loving some of his roles. Unfortunately, I haven’t enjoyed many of his films since the 80’s, and the same goes again here, as I found that he, as an actor, added very little to his role and to the film as a whole.
One thing I did love, of course, was M83‘s score. I could listen to ‘Oblivion’ all day, and that’s just what I’m going to do now.
Oblivion is set to be released on DVD on 19th August.