Guest review by Floris Wolswijk.
Meet Jack and Vika, two of the few remaining people on planet Earth. The people of Earth have fought and won the war with the alien ‘Scaves’, but the planet itself is lost. Only a few people remain to repair the drones that fight the last parts of the alien resistance before transferring to Titan, Saturn’s moon, where the rest of humanity is waiting. Epic is the best description for the movie, both in cinematography and plot.
As you will find out the synopsis of the plot gives you only the introduction to the story that Oblivion will eventually unfold. It reveals a struggle for truth that is best portrayed in a sci-fi setting. The power of memories and the human spirit is showcased in a subtle yet strong way. The acting on the part of Tom Cruise and female colleagues help to transfer the emotion from the screen to your heart. Although the movie is not about romance, the (working) relation between Jack and Vika is played out very well.
The story is perfectly accompanied by the use of so-called epic music. Music by M83 gives the power needed for moments to come alive. Although somewhat overused it serves its purpose beautifully. The epic feeling it will give you during the two hour long sit is also sharply enhanced by the CGI effects that have been perfectly implemented. From shockwaves resonating from engines to shots fired, it all looks like it should. Cameras following chases and battles inside and outside make perfect use of the available space and nifty tracking techniques. The light use of a first person point of view, on vehicle or walking, draws you right into the action.
When comparing Oblivion with other movies in its genre a desolate feeling of the world like the one from I am Legend comes to mind, one where the bad guys hide in the dark and attack at night. The fight against the aliens at the same time has a Battle For Los Angeles, we against the aliens, vibe to it.
Oblivion is an exciting movie, on different levels. The actors are a pleasurable to watch, the action is high value and the music and CGI make it even better. It is a movie to watch in the cinemas, but if you watch it at home do not forget to watch it in full HD with the stereo on max!