I started writing the review in my head about halfway through the movie. I was going to say things like “If you had to see one movie this year, let it be this one” and “Oscars well deserved all around”, but little did I know this movie would take a chaotic dive-bomb in the world of terrible movies.
Oblivion started off incredibly great. The world they created was beautiful even though it was a destroyed Earth. Tom Cruise didn’t disappoint even though this was a disappointing movie. It’s one of those movies that could’ve been so great, but just ended horribly.
Tom Cruise plays Jack Harper, a man part of a two man team that is responsible for maintaining drones that protect key fixtures on the planet. Earth has been decimated by an alien invasion and the planet is mostly dead. Some parts are inaccessible due to the radiation fallout from when we fought back.
The drones Jack maintains protect these giant structures that suck the water out of our oceans. People did survive and are living on the moon of Titan. The water is being stored in these structures and will be transported there when they are filled. The aliens are called Scavs and we never see them. They are the few remaining after the war and are blowing up the structures.
The plot takes an incredible turn for the worse when a pod lands on Earth filled with humans. One of them has a woman named Julia in it who instantly recognizes Jack. Apparently these two met before and when Jack sleeps he has random dreams with her in it.
I will spoil the movie now so if you plan on watching it then NOW is the time to stop reading.
Julia is Jack’s wife somehow. Jack has no memory of her because when he took the job his memory was wiped. Julia has been in a pod for 60 years in a stasis. Jack is not old, so how are they married you ask? Simple, he is not Jack. Well technically he is, but Jack is a clone, part of a series of many clones that were created to do the duties of drone maintenance.
The aliens aren’t aliens, they are people. Since we never see them how could we know? We didn’t win the war. We lost and the Earthlings took to the underground. The aliens or alien is a big triangle up in space where Jack was lied to and told that was Mission Control.
Jack was an astronaut and was captured by the triangle. After Earth destroyed itself they needed people to maintain the drones so they cloned Jack. Hundreds of Jacks were cloned and sent to different areas unbenounced to them. Why then would an alien ROBOT need our water? If they were actual aliens then I could see that, but this wasn’t the case. This was a robot….1 robot.
This movie started off incredible, but the second half was beyond disappointing. I give it a 2/5. I would’ve gone lower, but this movie had small moments where it redeemed itself and the first half was great. The first half alone would get a 4/5, but the rest of the movie brought it down.