Jack Harper (Tom Cruise) and his partner, Victoria (Andrea Riseborough), are the last remaining humans on the war-torn Earth. They’re assigned to watch over powerful machines used to collect what’s left of the planet’s natural resources for use on a moon being colonized by the survivors of an alien invasion. As the job is wrapping up and it grows closer to time for them to leave and move on to their new lives, bizarre dreams and occurrences awaken Jack’s suspicions about his mission and who he is.
Although the story isn’t completely unique, Oblivion manages to borrow different concepts from several classic sci-fi films and blends them together to create something new and entertaining. Director Kosinski does a great job of paying homage to the genre, bringing to mind the visually stunning films of the 1970s and 1980s such as 2001: A Space Odyssey, Alien, and Outland.
Oblivion is rated PG-13 for violence, adult language, and sexual situations. There’s really nothing too horribly objectionable to be found. The box art states there’s some nudity, but I didn’t see where any actual body parts were shown.
The audio and video presentations for Oblivion will leave home audiences stunned. The crystal clear picture shows off the different landscapes and familiar monuments which have been laid waste by war. M83’s score brings every sequence of drama and action to life through an immaculate 7.1 surround sound mix.
There are a few special features found on the Blu-ray version of Oblivion. Audio commentary is provided by Director Joseph Kosinski and actor Tom Cruise. “Promise of a New World” is a 5-part “Making of” documentary that clocks in at 48 minutes. We also get four deleted and alternate scenes. A 5.1 surround presentation of M83’s isolated score is included as well.
Oblivion is an exciting mix of blockbuster action and sci-fi intellect. It’s well-acted and serves as a tribute to the groundbreaking genre films of the past. An elegant audio and video feature presentation coupled with some satisfying special features makes this a worthy purchase for consumers.