(WLTX) - It's the year 2077 and an extraterrestrial war has left the world an empty wasteland. We came out victorious - but only by using nuclear weapons, which have made Earth uninhabitable. Now, the human race continues on Saturn's largest moon, Titan. However, in order for the species to survive there, we must salvage resources from here.
That's where Jack Harper comes in. He does drone maintenance on our abandoned planet and is only two weeks away from heading to Titan himself. But Jack feels a strong connection to Earth. He has powerful memories of the society that was left behind, despite never being around for it. He's also haunted by a more engaging vision that he wisely doesn't share with his lover and working partner, Victoria.
As his time on Earth comes to a close, Jack's workload really starts to pile up. He's beginning to question who (or what) he works for and the purpose he's actually serving. In order to find out the truth, he might just have to fly "off the grid."
While watching "Oblivion," you're likely to think of roughly a dozen other sci-fi movies like: "2001: A Space Odyssey," "WALL-E" and "Total Recall." Inspiration has to come from somewhere, I suppose. However, it isn't quite as good as all those movies it reminds you of...except for maybe "Prometheus.". But it's still one of the better films I've seen in a while with striking visuals and a fine performance by Tom Cruise. Yes, I actually said that.
Maybe I'm partial to the science fiction genre but the earnest efforts add up to a B+ for "Oblivion."
By Lee O. Smith, News19 Movie Reviewer