Director: Joseph Kosinski
Cast: Tom Cruise, Morgan Freeman, Olga Kurylenko
What would Ethan Hunt do in Mission Impossible 10 ? Watch Oblivion to know the answer. Directed by Joseph Kosinski, this science fiction film is so tedious the only way to keep your eyes open is by thinking of outlandish premises. If you listen carefully you could possibly hear “this drone will self-destruct in 10 seconds” after Hunt has checked out the cinema of Uranus. Sigh, why do these films take themselves so seriously? Why does everything have to be so grey and grim?
Adapted from an unpublished (no surprises) graphic novel by Kosinski, Oblivion tells the story of Jack Harper, a marine and one of the last humans on earth, after an alien attack destroyed our world 60 years ago.
Instead of enjoying traffic-free roads, Harper hangs out with his partner Victoria in a pretty cool place and repairs drones that patrol the skies fighting aliens. He is set to return to Titan, a moon where the humans have relocated, in two weeks. Harper is troubled by flashbacks of the world before the invasion — mainly the Empire State Building. When he rescues a mysterious stranger, he finds out things about himself and the doors of perception are cleansed.
While the production design is brilliant and the sets are mind-blowing — the swimming pool suspended high above the world is gobsmacking; the film as such is not engaging.
Of the cast, Tom Cruise does Tom Cruise/Ethan Hunt/Maverick as Jack Harper. Morgan Freeman also does Freeman/God/President of the USA as the resistance leader. Olga Kurylenko is the mysterious stranger and looks suitably enigmatic. Andrea Riseborough as Victoria is plastic and pretty. Like Kosinski’s earlier Tron: Legacy, Oblivion is beautiful but not engaging — the only time you are jolted awake is when Robert Plant’s plaintive vocals caressingly trip over “Ramble On”. Ah Zeppelin!