Tom Cruise and Olga Kuylenko are lovers in Oblivion (2013)
Tom Cruise always gets the girl and in Oblivion he gets to kiss the ravishing Olga Kurylenko, but there’s more – the kiss ignites memories that soon has him questioning his entire life.
Oblivion is a sci-fi action thriller that is not too complicated to get your head twisted around its logic but is interesting enough to leave your gasping for more.
Set in the near future (2077 to be exact) when aliens have invaded the planet and destroyed our moon, and even though man won the war, Earth was lost – not entirely – but whatever remains is harvested by the last humans to be used on the journey to Titan; Jupiter’s moon. However, not everything is as it seems.
This is indicated clearly in the beginning when we witness Jack Harper (Tom Cruise) having dreams about a woman (Olga Kurylenko) in the now desolate New York.
This scene is repeated and obviously gets you thinking because they also mention that his memory was voluntarily erased.
The recurring dream also had me questioning Jack’s own sanity. However, that notion is quickly dispelled when our protagonist gets to meet the woman of his dreams.
The film had a recurring word –drones – being mentioned too many times which obviously should trigger some kind of word association like drones and clones. Ahem! I think I might be giving too much away.
Anyway, if you are looking for a plot a thick as The Matrix, then don’t. Oblivion is a bit simpler and has a straight forward plot. However, it does thicken toward the end but all questions are answered in the final 20 minutes or so and the cloud of confusion clears. Like many good thrillers, the story doesn’t give away the plot too soon.
Tom Cruise is no stranger to sci-fi and his acting can be compared to the many similar roles he has played over his career. This is not a new shoe for him. However, the shoe does fit quite well and he sets the pace for a cruise into oblivion.