An alien race called “Scavengers” (or “Scavs”) has attacked Earth and destroyed its moon. With that, our planet got plagued with all kinds of natural disasters and mankind saw no other option than to use its nuclear arsenal. Mankind beat the Savs, but at high cost; Earth was declared inhabitable and only a skeleton crew was left behind to oversee how huge machines drew water from the planet to make Titan, a moon from Saturn, habitable for our race.
Jack and Victoria are part of this minimal group and are stationed in a luxury villa high above the clouds, far away from any radiation. Each morning they get up and Jack leaves to retrieve or repair lost or broken drones while Victoria from a distance aids him with cameras and lets him know if there’s any impending danger. Danger that can come from remains of the Scavenger invasion army that’s still roaming around.
When an old space ship suddenly comes flying out of the sky it becomes clear that something isn’t right. Jack succeeds in rescueing one of the passengers, Julia, but gets captured by Scavs who – to his big surprise – are humans. Completely confused Jack and Julia head off to find out what is really going on.
Oblivion is a post-holocaust sci-fi movie that borrows from all kinds of classics in the genre, but thanks to an again great Tom Cruise and a story that all in all remains quite Original (while we get overwhelmed with sequels these days) the movie succeeds to keep you interested from the first second to the last. This not in the least by some mighty images that get burnt on your eye, some scenes that breathe pure nostalgia (the baseball field!) and action that’s perfectly directed onto the screen.
Oblivion may not be the most Original sci-fi movie we’ve seen, but it’s crafted well up to the smallest details and never drops the ball. The acting is as it should be, the Visuals are grand, the tension is at times cutting edge, and the story… well, it does what it has to do. Oblivion may be a bit too much the “Tom Cruise Show” but for once we don’t mind as Cruise performs excellent.
The movie may be great but Paramount does even better in the image and sound departments. Ok, there are no IMAX images like in The Dark Knight, but what we get to see is still breathtaking. The makers chose to not constantly use green-screen but normal techniques and the image looks awesome at all times. Detail is amazing, compression errors are absent, and everything just looks vivid and beautiful. The 7.1 DTS-HD track is equally packed with directional effects, a loud bass and music that seems to come from everywhere while dialogues never get overwhelmed. If you’re looking for something to show off your home theater system with, then Oblivion is a clear choice. Demo-material!
Tom Cruise and director Joseph Kosinski are preesnt for an audio commentary track but we suggest to not listen to it before watching the movie as Kosinki makes a huge spoiler already in the very first minutes. There are also some more quiet parts and Cruise seems mostly occupied with giving praise to the director. Not really the best commentary we’ve heard.
Further extras contain deleted scenes, a reasonably decent “Making Of” that consists of five parts and lasts about 48 minutes, and finally there’s also the possibility to listen to the music of M83 with the movie.