Oblivion (2013) – 8/10 science fiction action movie review

Cast / crew
Original Graphic Novel and Screenplay Writer, Producer and Director: Joseph Kosinski
Writer (Screenplay): Karl Gadjusek
Writer (Screenplay): Michael Arndt
Writer (Original Graphic Novel): Arvid Nelson
Producer: Peter Chernin
Producer: Dylan Clark
Producer: Duncan Henderson
Producer: Barry Levine
Tom Cruise: Jack
Morgan Freeman: Beech
Olga Kurylenko: Julia
Andrea Riseborough: Victoria
Nikolaj Coster-Waldau: Sykes
Melissa Leo: Sally

Oblivion (2013)

Jack and Victoria live on a post-alien invasion post-nuclear annihilation Earth manning Tower 49 and repairing flying gun drones that protect giant machines sucking up seawater to provide resources to humanity now living on Titan – one of Saturn’s moons – from Scavs, scattered surviving alien invaders. Unlike Victoria, Jack likes to peruse and collect some of the few 20th-century artefacts that survived the global holocaust. Life continues as normal until a beacon starts transmitting and brings Jack’s entire handle on his existence crashing down.


Visually and sonically spectacular science fiction action movie with enough intrigue to keep the interest. The movie gets off to an unnecessary start with a probably-added-at-the-last-minute opening narration that the next hour of the movie then retells us, ultimately verbatim, and Tom Cruise doesn’t quite convey the emerging emotions of his character. As with a lot of big-budget science-fiction movies with the subjects involved here, the plot doesn’t stand up to much scrutiny leaving the quality of the movie to be judged on the immediate entertainment value alone and I really enjoyed it.

This movie contains a single sexual swear word, bad language, violence, nudity, sexuality.

Classified 12A by BBFC. Persons under the age of 12 must be accompanied by an adult.


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