MOVIE REVIEW: Mysteries propel Cruise’s latest flick, ‘Oblivion’

By M. Scott Morris/NEMS Daily Journal

“Oblivion” is a science fiction story set in a post-apocalyptic world, but it’s also a mystery.
According to the movie’s timeline, aliens will attack Earth in 2017. They’ll destroy the moon, causing tsunamis and earthquakes that wipe out most of humanity.
We find Jack (Tom Cruise) and Victoria (Andrea Riseborough) several decades later. They’re a lonely team with a cool base of operations in the sky.
She stays home and handles communication, while Jack flies around in a fancy aircraft and repairs the drones that patrol for unfriendly scavengers living on the devastated planet.
Jack knows his mission, but he’s got questions. Those questions are amplified when a woman he’s been dreaming about literally falls from the sky. Julia (Olga Kurylenko) seems to know a lot about Jack. He’s curious, and Victoria is wary.
To tell much more about the plot is to deprive the reader. Mysteries drive this film, but I can say Mississippi’s own Morgan Freeman lends his voice and presence to “Oblivion,” and his character has big plans for Jack.
Writer and director Joseph Kosinski and his team have created a believable world. There’s an oddly natural feel to the way the ruins of New York City are on display, with bridges rising out of the ground and buildings turned into canyons.
I was wrapped up in “Oblivion” from start to finish. It wasn’t until the ending, when the rush to find answers was over, that I had time to focus on inconsistencies in the story. One was particularly annoying because there was no need for it.
Even with its flaws, “Oblivion” is a good time at the theater, especially for science fiction fans. It’s a fast-paced, entertaining movie that’s also visually engaging.
I give “Oblivion” a B.
It’s showing at Malcos in Tupelo, Oxford, Corinth and Columbus, as well as Hollywood Premier Cinemas in Starkville.
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Kelli Karlson Wizard 106.7. She gives “Oblivion” a C plus.: ‘I had a good time once. I’ll catch it again someday on USA network.”

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