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In the past, science fiction films spent time developing the environment as if it was its own character. The tiny details of a planet's infrastructure could alter the story by letting its wrath be known or by putting a character in a new, unknown place. This has almost become a forgotten art. Classics like Robinson Crusoe on Mars, Star Trek and 2001 are three primary examples. Much like those, Oblivion presents this dynamic version of future Earth as one of the main players.The computer generated landscapes are an immaculately rendered vision that will make you believe you are an isolated inhabitant all the while knowing that things could suddenly change for the worse.
I've never hopped aboard the Tom Cruise hate fueled band wagon and I never will. What he does in his personal life is his own business. What I care about is his selection of roles and the types of movies he makes. I'll make this really simple. This is his best science fiction role to date. Cruise conveys a desperation in character that I've never felt from him before. Morgan Freeman also stars but has very limited screen time while former Bond girl Olga Kurylenko plays accessory to Cruise's main character, Jack.
Science fiction fans will thoroughly enjoy Oblivion. It's not a movie that featured all the good parts in the trailers. In fact, it's one of the most thought provoking, visually appealing movies in recent history. The story is a well crafted vision, bringing one the most enigmatic films since The Matrix to theaters. Oblivion is a picturesque vision of the future that maintains a spirit of mystery, a sense of technology, and the classic tale of man versus machine.
-Review by Chris George