What happened to Tom Cruise? Ever since Mission Impossible ended, he’s been on a downward spiral in his quality of movies. From Rock of Ages to Jack Reacher it’s evident that he’s lost it.
Oblivion is a text book thrown together-sci-fi-fail. The weak plot set the entire movie up for failure. Basically, aliens take over the Earth and Jack (Tom Cruise) and Victoria (Andrea Riseborough) are supposedly the last remaining humans on earth before they ascend to space with the rest of the human race.
It’s their job to harness the ocean water for energy, but Jack’s curiosity of life before the aliens prompts him to explore and discover the truth the aliens have hid from them.
Visually I was bored. You’d expect a post-apocalyptic world in the future to be more captivating. Even the aliens were just spherical pods. Nothing really caught my eye.
The references to The Matrix made me about ready to walk out. Only The Matrix can successfully accomplish such plot twists director Joseph Kosinski desperately tried to achieve.
There was also a clear reference to Wall-E. The only issue is Wall-E is a cute, curious, animated robot. Tom Cruise is not able to capture the heart of the entire audience like a cute little robot.
Maybe if I had read Kosinski’s novel (what the plot was based on) I would have been able to follow the movie and actually understand what was going on. Nonetheless a good movie should be able to stand on its own.
And Cruise is an A list movie star, he needs to step up his game. We all expect so much more from him.