Simple enough story: Tom Cruise as Commander Jack Harper, one of the last remaining men on Earth. He repairs the drones which patrol the skies and protects the planet from warring aliens? So far so good! Tom Cruise (as odd as he can be) in bondage and showing off his abs (are those REAL, Tom?). Spaceships! Big guns! Lots of running and hollering! A winning combination even if you aren’t a sci-fi genre fan. 🙂
Let’s see what Universal Pictures has to say about it:
Tom Cruise stars in Oblivion, an original and groundbreaking cinematic event from the visionary director of TRON: Legacy and producers of Rise of the Planet of the Apes. On a spectacular future Earth that has evolved beyond recognition, one man’s confrontation with the past will lead him on a journey of redemption and discovery as he battles to save mankind. 2077: Jack Harper (Cruise) serves as a security repairmen stationed on an evacuated Earth. Part of a massive operation to extract vital resources after decades of war with a terrifying alien threat who still scavenges what’s left of our planet, Jack’s mission is almost complete. In a matter of two weeks, he will join the remaining survivors on a lunar colony far from the war-torn world he has long called home. Living in and patrolling the breathtaking skies from thousands of feet above, Jack’s soaring existence is brought crashing down after he rescues a beautiful stranger from a downed spacecraft. Drawn to Jack through a connection that transcends logic, her arrival triggers a chain of events that forces him to question everything he thought he knew. With a reality that is shattered as he discovers shocking truths that connect him to Earth of the past, Jack will be pushed to a heroism he didn’t know he contained within. The fate of humanity now rests solely in the hands of a man who believed our world was soon to be lost forever. (c) Universal
Now that Oblivion has hit the theaters, it has been pretty much trashed by film reviewers (for example: “Was Cruise trying to beat out fellow Scientologist John Travolta for the honor of starring in the dumbest sci-fi epic ever? Thank heavens, he lost — nothing will ever be as shatteringly inane as the L. Ron Hubbard–based Battlefield Earth.). But, just like the earlier “man meat” release last year, Magic Mike, this isn’t about plot or even acting – it’s about how HOT Tom Cruise still is with his shirt off after all of these years!
A Rotten Tomatoes reviewer really nailed it with “The story eventually devolves into a grab bag of sci-fi tropes but, as with so many other Cruise productions, the sheer scale of everything is so mind-numbing that you may not notice.”
So, this one just begs for a girls night out while its still in theaters, ladies. I’ve already got mine set up for the coming weekend!