If you're familiar with such Sci-Fi classics as 2001: A Space Odyssey, Planet of the Apes, Star Wars, The Day After Tomorrow and I Am Legend, then you'll find something really familiar about the new movie Oblivion.
The new action-packed Sci-Fi film from Tron: Legacy director Joseph Kosinski and starring Tom Cruise, features all the known elements we've seen countless times in those movies, but also offers something unexpected.
In the year 2077, Earth has been a desolate planet after a war was raging between humans and an alien race called the Scavs.
Jack (Cruise) is put in charge of a small clean-up organization that finds what's left of the planet with the help of drones. His colleague Victoria (Andrea Riseborough) promises him two more weeks before they can join the others up in a large spacecraft – but Jack starts to question his job and purpose after years of hard work surviving the remaining Scavs.
One day, he comes across a crashed vessel carrying five bodies. Jack is able to save one named Julia (former Bond girl Olga Kurylenko), who holds a key to his past. This leads to a different turn of events that has Jack meeting the mysterious Beech (Morgan Freeman), and discovers the secret of the Scavs.
Now, Jack has to figure out a way to set things right for his world; but his boss, Sally (Oscar winner Melissa Leo), has other plans.
Much of the film's plot is like othr films involving a post-apocalyptic Earth and how human characters can survive it.
While it may sound terrible, the movie has unexpected twists. The first half is "OK" at best, with decent introductions to the world and the characters. But in the second half, the plot goes another direction and will keep your attention.
The Scavs look like Darth Vader crossbred with the Predator. Even the score sounds like it was lifted from the film Inception.
The small, but talented cast sells the movie. Cruise once again proves his capability as an action star balancing his tough guy persona and his serious acting. Let's not forget his knack of handling his own stunts.
Freeman's role is mostly an extended cameo, but he manages his scenes like the true pro he is. Kurylenko gives an emotional performance, contributing well to her scenes with Cruise.
Some people may not enjoy this movie because it's all too familiar. Sci-Fi fans, however, will love it for all it's worth.
THE MOVIE'S RATING: PG-13 (for sci-fi action violence, brief strong language, and some sensuality/nudity)
THE CRITIC'S RATING: 3.25 Stars (Out of Four)