Let’s begin with the fact that I am not, I repeat, I am not a Tom Cruise fan.
In fact, I have actively avoided the Mission Impossible franchise primarily because of my negative associations with him off screen. With that aside, Oblivion was a fascinatingly beautiful story. It takes science fiction, and makes a romantic classic of a tricky situation. One that if I spoke of it would spoil the entire film.
“Oblivion is a 2013 American post-apocalyptic science fiction film based on Joseph Kosinski‘sRadical Comics-edited unpublished graphic novel of the same name. The film was co-written, produced and directed by Kosinski. It stars Tom Cruise and Olga Kurylenko. The film was released in the U.S. on April 19, 2013. According to Kosinski, Oblivion pays homage to science fiction films of the 1970s” (via Wikipedia)
Now, when you begin to watch this film, promise me that you won’t believe a word Jack Harper says. He is a misguided pawn, manipulated by powers much greater than himself. As he begins to doubt his own framework for reality the tone and pace of the film quickens. As such, do not be caught off guard, or distracted by his first person assertions upon the narrative.
As the plot begins to stitch itself together you will begin to see the details for what they are. The truth, inevitably is revealed to all. But once it is, it becomes easier to anticipate the ramifications of Jack Harper’s mutiny. His reasoning and suspicions grow in tandem and quickly the film becomes the revelation of a mind trapped in secrets, and sanctions.
It will all make sense in time.
While you wait, enjoy the incredible views, the breathtaking scenery, colorful frames, layered scenes and engaging soundtrack. Distracting and beautiful, these aspects of the production will appease the critic, and please the layman.