OVERVIEW: On a desolate, nearly ruined future Earth, Tom Cruise (Mission Impossible Franchise) and Academy Award® winner Morgan Freeman (The Dark Knight Rises, Wanted) star in the ground-breaking cinematic event Oblivion, a visually stunning, post-Apocalyptic thriller. A glimpse of a perilous future from visionary filmmaker Joseph Kosinski (TRON: Legacy) and the producers of Rise of the Planet of the Apes, Oblivion is “unlike anything you’ve ever seen” (Moviefanatic’s Joel Amos), as one man confronts his mysterious past in a journey of redemption and discovery.
Based on Kosinski’s acclaimed graphic novel, the film also stars Olga Kurylenko (Quantum of Solace, Seven Psychopaths), Andrea Riseborough (W.E., Happy-Go-Lucky), Nikolaj Coster-Waldau (Mama, “Game of Thrones”) and Oscar®-winner Melissa Leo (The Fighter, Frozen River). Oblivion will be available on Digital July 23, 2013 as well as Blu-ray™ Combo Pack with DVD, Digital including UltraViolet™, and On Demand on August 6, 2013, from Universal Studios Home Entertainment.
SYNOPSIS: This groundbreaking cinematic event stars Tom Cruise as Jack Harper, the lone security repairman stationed on a desolate, nearly-ruined future Earth. When he rescues a beautiful stranger from a downed spacecraft, her arrival triggers a nonstop chain of events that forces him to question everything he knows, and leaves humanity’s fate in his hands. Academy Award® winner Morgan Freeman joins Cruise in this “visually stunning” (Pete Hammond, MOVIELINE,) explosive story from the director of TRON: Legacy and the producer of Rise of the Planet of the Apes.
FILM REVIEW: If
you’ve ever watched a sci-fi flick from any decade, you’ve
pretty much seen Oblivion, which is penned by Karl Gajdusek
(Trespass, 2011), Michael Arndt (Toy Story 3, 2010) and Joseph
Kosinski (Tron: Legacy, 2011). Despite not seeming to be an
original concept, by the seasoned director, it does bring a cool
storyline and intriguing twist the sci-fi genre. Also with being
at risk of presenting spoilers here, I’d say that this latest
Tom Cruise effort seems to be a jigsaw-puzzle of many of the
past decade’s blockbuster movies, such as the Matrix trilogy.
Having said this, the success of this flick is in the
presentation of these well worn and tested ideas and ultimately
the exceptional display of craftsmanship, with all parties
Another appealing aspect to
this flick is the principle lead. I generally go in to a Tom
Cruise release with a tad bit of apprehension: be it the role of
a rich vampire, rich industrialist or child of rich parents.
This is especially true when he’s in roles where wealth, power
and extraordinary skill-sets are his predominant character
attributes. However, in Oblivion his presence works when
stripped of much of the off-screen persona that made him a joke
in the past several years. His playing Jack Harper as a
reflective, lonely man gives the film a certain dynamic and
gritty feel that normally would not be very convincing in many
of his previous roles. Therefore, for the first time in his
career, I see him as a genuine “Joe Shmoe,” defeated from
the beginning and needing to depend on other characters in the
flick to bring the story-line to worthiness. In other words,
it’s not all about the Tom Cruise persona, playing the super
character saving the world, but instead just a regular guy
playing a regular character and needing others of equal or
greater character strengths. It goes without saying that Cruise
was definitely a good choice for the lead role.
Likewise, it seems like casting
execs can never go wrong with the immortal Morgan Freeman. His
character’s role brings a certain level of humanity and
down-to-earth feel to the film. His presence and demeanor are
simply unstoppable and provide that feel of a real sci-fi that
is humanly and earthly based. The female leading characters are
a soothing sight for sore eyes and are well played by eye-candy
model-turned-actress, Olga Kurylenko (Quantum of Solace, 2008)
and (little known in the US) British–highly-decorated actress
Andrea Riseborough. Thankfully the movie is very visually
pleasing and doesn’t rely heavily on lots of dialog from the
Overall, the combination of
awesome CG visuals, a great selection in cast and loads of
action speaks to the overall quality of the film. It is
definitely worth the visit to the theaters and deserves four out
of five stars for creativity, mystery and intrigue.
By Movi-Man Stan
The film is
presented in widescreen in a 2.40:1 aspect ration preserving its
theatrical format. The picture is just flawless. Not only the
picture looks great in this release, also the sound it is good,
a 7.1 Dolby Digital in English that provides a good complement
to the picture. It also includes English
and Spanish subtitles.
Widescreen (2.40:1) 16x9
DTS-HD Master Audio 7.1, DVS - 2.0 Dolby Digital DTS (English); Digital Surround 5.1 (Spanish and French)
Subtitles - English Spanish
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Feature Commentary with Tom Cruise and director Joseph Kosinski
Promise of a New World: The Making of Oblivion—A comprehensive and thought-provoking multi-part feature covering the making of Oblivion, including:
– Looks inside the conceptualization, development and pre-production of Oblivion and the planning that went into the Herculean task of shooting the epic film.
– Follows the creation of the amazing Bubble Ship from its early design conception to its journey around the world. (Blu-rayTM exclusive)
– Explores the film’s ground-breaking action and death-defying stunts, all performed by one of the most popular movie stars in the world. (Blu-rayTM exclusive)
– Focuses on the film’s post-production and dazzling visual effects.
– Delves into the innovative musical world of M83.
M83 Isolated Score—Watch the entire film accompanied by the evocative music track.