Cruise destroys the box office with Oblivion
Tom Cruise is a machine. I am pretty certain of that at this point. With the exception of the box office stumble that was Rock of Ages, Cruise consistently puts out hit after hit after hit. There are very few actors that are 50+ that are still believable as a legitimate actions star…and he is the best of the best. Yet there are still some people out there that will refuse to see this movie based off of the baseless claim that you can’t enjoy a Tom Cruise movie because “he’s weird” or “I don’t agree with his lifestyle”. Look, I don’t agree with Randy Quaid and his lifestyle choices or his attempt to hide in Canada to escape U.S. prosecution for illegally “squatting” and skipping bail, but that doesn’t mean I don’t watch (and enjoy) him as Cousin Eddie every Christmas in National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation. The point I’m trying to make is that if you don’t watch this movie based off of not liking the actor’s life choices, you are missing out on an amazing Sci-Fi film.
Storyline: Many years ago Earth was attacked. Humans were victorious in a battle with an invading alien force that left their planet virtually uninhabitable. Jack (Cruise) is part of a two person “clean up” team that is stationed on Earth and must oversee the last extractions of Earth’s resources that will be used to help repopulate a neighboring moon where the remaining Earth survivors are said to be currently living. But when “holes” begin to appear in the logic of their daily orders, and Jack begins to investigate, he finds that there is more to fear than he ever thought possible.
I have to go on record here and say that this is probably one of my favorite modern Sci-Fi movies. Seriously. I liked it that much. Not only is the film beautifully stylized, and the acting is top notch, but there are two pretty solid twists in the story that make for a REALLY interesting and entertaining journey for the characters and the viewers. While I can’t give away too much without spoiling the little surprises that this movie offers, I can say that one of them was a little telegraphed (if you are really paying attention to the scenes) but one (and maybe one other) is a bit of a shock and I didn’t think that the movie would take that specific route with the story. Obviously, as you can tell, the final product completely worked for me and I absolutely LOVED it.
Worth the admission? Absolutely! Not only that, but I will be buying it the second that it hits BluRay. It was that good. Tom Cruise and Morgan Freeman are both great in their roles and Nikolaj Coster-Waldau (from Game of Thrones) gives a small but surprisingly enjoyable performance as Sykes. Do yourself a favor and check it out!