All hail Tom Cruise. Tom is officially my favorite movie star, I don’t care what he believes in real life, I don’t care whose couch he jumped on, he is the most reliable and most entertaining star out there right now and he puts everything into his roles and sells them. I really don’t think Tom had not made a bad movie in over a decade. Knight and Day is considered a misstep by many, but I quite enjoyed it. As a matter of fact, if I glance down the list of titles on Tom’s resume, I’m not sure he has ever made a bad movie. I can safely say that from TAPS in 1981 on, I have liked every movie he has done. His latest is no exception.
After decades of war with an alien species known as Scavs, mankind has won but left the Earth ravaged and uninhabitable. With the population now moved off world, only a few humans are left behind to supervise the harvesting of the remaining resources to provide power on the new world. Jack (Cruise) and his partner Victoria (Andrea Riseborough) only have days left before they join the rest of humanity. But Jack isn’t sure he wants to leave. He has visions of a woman he doesn’t know and a fondness for the Earth that once was. So when some remaining Scav’s start attacking more violently, Jack must find out where they are and what they want to ensure his future and the future of mankind.
Oblivion was not only a visually striking film, echoing the great sci fi era of the sixties and seventies, but its evolving story captured my imagination as well with enough twists and turns to keep the most ardent sci fi fan enraptured. The costume design, set design, tech design and special effects are all stunning and believable and Tom’s performance was great as usual. His character has to go through a lot of phases in this film as the plot unfolds and Tom handles it with an everyman sensibility and nostalgia for the world we currently live in. As with many post-apocalyptic films, Oblivion also makes us take stock of our present world and one of many possible futures that we may be in store for. Oblivion is spearheading the sci fi comeback and for this movie lover, it is more than welcome.
The Blu-ray from Universal is befitting of such a large scale sci fi epic, which is to say, it is epic. Stunning colors, exceptional clarity, fine detail and a sweeping soundtrack serve up everything you want out of the genre. Oblivion may not have hit the numbers at the box office that the studio wanted, but don’t let that stop you from checking out this excellent film.
Available August 6, 2013 on Blu-ray and DVD.