Movie Review: Oblivion
“EARTH IS A MEMORY WORTH FIGHTING FOR“
I adore Tom Cruise.
I think you need to know that before we go any further in this review. I don't care that he jumped on Oprah's couch and proclaimed his love, and while I was bitterly disappointed with him for that divorce debacle with Nicole, there are always two people in a marriage and the last time I looked, I wasn't one of them in his.
His personal life, like ours, is his own and really you don't want to go snooping in my closets nor would I want to take a gander in yours, so whatever religion he wants to follow, I don't give a flying flap jack about.
I like him and his movies.
And I LOVED this movie.
It held all the promise and richness that the trailer promised. It was much more of a love story than I think many would like it to be, but I'm okay with that. In fact, I would argue that at its core ~ this is a romance. A romance with action elements, if you will.
The year is 2077, sixty years after Earth was attacked by aliens and our moon destroyed. Humans no longer live on Earth, but on Titan. Jack Harper and Victoria are two of the last remaining humans on Earth, and their job is to maintain the droids and water things ~ I don't know really what they are, they did stuff for some big black triangle in the sky. Really what I wanted to know was, why the hell did Victoria get all dressed up everyday~including heels and makeup~when there weren't any other people around? Seriously, I'd be in yoga pants 24/7.
But I digress.
So, Jack. He's this awesome bad ass tech guy. Tech 49 to be exact. He and Victoria live in this gorgeous glass house about a thousand feet above the ground, but Jack gets to go to the surface every day and see what Victoria refuses to see: the beauty that remains of Earth. Even through the destruction, there is beauty.
That, in part, is what makes this film wonderful. The lush photography. When you realize you're looking at a dystopian version of our world, but it's gorgeous somehow, that makes it not so chilling.
Every five years or so Jack and Victoria get their memories wiped just in case they get captured by ‘Scavs' ~ alien scavengers that roam Earth wreaking havoc on the drones that patrol the planet. It's Jacks job to keep the drones running and the Scavs' job to try to kill Jack on a daily basis. Fun, right?
It's been five years since Jack's last wipe, and he keeps having memories of a certain woman, of a certain time and place. The Empire State Building pre-Earth's destruction to be exact. But that should be impossible with the memory wipes. Which is very distressing to our poor Jack.
When a spacecraft crashes on Earth who do you think is inside? Yep, his mystery woman. Oh, be still my romantic loving heart!
I loved how they worked this part of the story and there were just enough twists and turns that kept me intrigued. I'm not going to give anything away here because I hope you are all going to go out and see this movie. I'll probably see it again in the theater and I'll definitely buy it when it comes out on Blu-Ray. I loved it that much. Not just for my Sweet Tom, for the story, the visuals, the ‘wait! what just happened?' moments, all of it.
And of course, for the ending. Ah, yes. The ending. I feel a happy sob choking me right now. Yeah, I'll definitely see this again.
Have you seen Oblivion yet? Did you love it as much as I did? What other movies have you seen lately? What movies are looking forward to this weekend?