OBLIVION is a visual sci-fi marvel with
a sweeping score and some of the best post-apocalyptic landscapes ever seen in a sci-fi movie.
It ends up being a solid sci-fi movie that the script allows to have the story breath and develop before everything
kicks into high gear.
Jack Harper (Tom Cruise) is a drone tech
on Earth in 2077 (sixty years after the moon was destroyed by an alien invasion). Humanity
won the war, but humanity had to evacuate to the moon Titan around Saturn due to all the radiation of using nukes and the
moon’s destruction causing tidal waves and earthquakes to cause havoc on the cities of Earth. Jack and his partner Victoria are part of the mop up crew with two weeks of their tour left before they
go up to the space station and catch a ride to Titan. Jack repairs drones and
wanders the landscape of Earth with the threat of the scavengers (the leftover alien threat) in the background. He is curious and doesn’t want to leave Earth, and his life is changed when an Earth spaceship
crashes and he rescues a survivor named Julia (Olga Kurylenko) that looks like the woman he sees in his dreams. Soon jack and Julia are sent on a course to discover the truth behind the war and Earth’s fate
when they meet a mysterious human named Malcolm Beech and his band of human survivors.
OBLIVION is a better film than Joseph Kosinski’s
directorial debut, TRON LEGACY. It improves on the visual direction he displayed
in the TRON sequel. OBLIVION is ruled by sound and visuals, but Tom Cruise gives
a good performance as the weary Jack in a story that holds together enough to deliver a satisfying experience. The landscapes of Iceland lend to the visual landscapes seen in the movie
and some may even recognize some of the same landscapes from PROMETHEUS. Go see
OBLIVION in the theaters for the visual masterpiece it is and stick around for the solid storytelling that wraps up with a
climax that comes off just right without being too big or overextended. Kosinski
is a director to watch and I can’t wait to see what visual landscapes he creates for his next film as a director.
Audio commentary with Director/Story Writer
Joseph Kosinski and actor Tom Cruise
Four deleted scenes are included which
were cut for pacing reasons even though I wish part of the Medkit scene could have been left in the final film.
Five making-of featurettes which feature
behind-the-scenes footage from pre-production to post-production and interspersed with interviews with cast and crew:
DESTINY- how the film came to be made and
how it was filmed including using Iceland as a location, filming background footage for forward projection footage played
back on the tower sets, and shooting as much in-camera as possible
VOYAGE- a behind-the-scenes at the Bubble
COMBAT- a look at the action and stunts
of the film including the gimble used to rotate the Bubble Ship cockpit.
ILLUSION- a look at the CGI special effects
which was created by two digital effects companies
HARMONY- a look at the recording of the
wonderful music score by M83
M83 Isolated music score track which can
be played with the movie.
BEST BUY bonus disc:
DRONE GENERATION (5:08)- a look at the Drone props used in the production
TIME AND SPACE: INSIDE THE ODYSSEY (7:08)- a behind-the-scenes look at the production design of the Odyssey and how they created
zero gravity with wire rigs
BEAUTIFUL DESOLATION (10:49)- filming in Iceland and locations
in Louisiana to match the look of Iceland
THE BIKE OF THE FUTURE (4:04)-a behind-the-scenes
look at the creation of the Bubble Bike which was given as a present to Tom Cruise on his birthday and how Tom’s skills
as a rider made the motorcycle scenes flow easier
SHELTER BELOW THE SURFACE (9:48)- a look at the production design of the underground lair of the scavs and their weapons
Also included is the ultraviolet digital
copy of the film and the movie in standard definition on DVD.
FINAL ANALYSIS: OBLIVION is a visually fantastic film with a wonderful score. The
extras paint a great behind-the-scenes look at the making of OBLIVION and the Best Buy disc includes more great making-of
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