Cast: Tom Cruise, Andrea Riseborough, Olga Kurylenko
Directed By: Joseph Kosinski
[highlight]Overall Rating: 2/5[/highlight][divider]

Joseph Kosinski’s splendidly dramatic Oblivion tries tightroping on thick sci-fi and finds its balance in some action-genre cliches and heavy romanticisms, but eventually falls. Then again a note: this is a movie to be seen for its breath-taking visuals, and not for an outstanding story, ‘cos there isn’t any.

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The film based on the director’s graphic novel has nothing new to offer. Similar plots have been previously accomplished, and have been accomplished better. Jack Harper (Tom Cruise) is a virile soldier belonging to late 21st century who’s given an assignment to monitor the remains of the earth following a battle against aliens, and to maneuver autonomous drones to hunt down hostile scavengers. Accompanying him in this mission is his lovely wife Victoria aka Vika (Andrea Riseborough), and their immediate memories have been erased by an unknown institution to safeguard intel in case they fail in their mission. But few memories do linger. An escape shuttle which homed the woman from Jack’s dreams (Olga Kurylenko) crash lands, and things start taking a turn hereon.

While the initial minutes of the film surely arrest your attention, the remaining parts just crumble off without proper narrative support or a proper direction. While technically the film is a total winner- with the rich composition, beautiful imagery and vibrant colors satisfying our visual appetite, it’s the directionless script that takes out half the excitement for the viewer. Tom Cruise retains most of Top Gun in him, but it’s Andrea Riseborough who shines with her brilliant performance. Morgan Freeman is totally wasted in his supporting role.

All in all, this is just another great presentation without anything great to present.

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