Director: Joesph Kosinski
Cast: Tom Cruise, Morgan Freeman, Olga Kurylenko, Andrea Riseborough, Melissa Leo, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau
Plot: In the future, Earth has become a wasteland after a war between humans and invading aliens destroyed the planet. Most of them have moved to Titan, Saturn's moon. Jack and Victoria are two people still on Earth, fixing drones and helping machines collect whatever resources there are left before leaving to join the rest of their people. However, a falling ship carrying survivors forces Jack to question the truth about what really happened to the planet.
Review: There have been many post-apocalyptic films and series over the years, so many that it would be impossible to come up with a completely fresh idea that taps into this genre. Oblivion comes pretty close to being fresh, and that's a good thing.
Director Joseph Kosinski, who helmed the underwhelming Tron: Legacy, also co-wrote the screenplay for Oblivion, and it is quite fascinating. His version of Earth is a vast empty desert with only a few reminders of humanity's greatest buildings left behind, which isn't really groundbreaking in theory, but still awesome to behold. The visual effects, production design and cinematography are top notch all around, combining perfectly to give the audience a stellar journey into a future wasteland.
Tom Cruise is always solid in any role he takes, and as Jack, the technician who constantly questions things that don't make sense, he is pretty convincing, and it's easy to root for him. Olga Kurylenko, who plays one of the survivors of the falling ship, puts in an understated performance, but it works well. Andrea Riseborough makes a good partner for Cruise as Victoria, being the colder, by-the-book half of their partnership. Morgan Freeman on the other hand, doesn't show up until the half mark but still excels with his indomitable screen presence. If you've seen the trailers, you'd probably be able to guess what's his role here, but I won't spoil it if you haven't.
The film does drag at times, though the engaging plot ensures that it doesn't stray too far from its course. The part about Freeman's character should have been expanded as it wasn't given enough focus in my opinion. But these are minor complaints.
On a whole, Oblivion is a solid watch, certainly better than Tron: Legacy. (4/5)