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I am a world traveller & a mom of two, (8 & 6). I love to meet people, and am fascinated that there are 7 billion stories out there to be explored. I think Melbourne is the most happening city to live in with all the fun activities around town.
Published May 18th 2013
Tom Cruise still going strong
Like Sci-fi movies? Read on.

Like Tom Cruise? Read on.

Like digital graphics? Read on.

Like love stories? Read on.

The movie "Oblivion" released in 2013 has all of the above and more. For a movie buff like me, watching Oblivion in the theatre was indeed a treat. The story revolves around 3 main characters and the planet earth plays a significant role as well.

Oblivion movie poster
Oblivion Movie (Courtesy

Tom Cruise is as magnificent looking as he was in Top Gun, a little over 25 years ago (looks just a little wrinkly but great for his age). He plays the role of Jack Harper, who is part of an operation to extract Earth's remaining resources to be transported to another planet's satellite in the solar system, as the Earth is no longer habitable after a nuclear war took place in 2017 (the year now is 2077) fighting an extra-terrestrial attack on the planet.

Tom Cruise
Tom Cruise - Wikimedia Commons

Stunning Andrea Riseborough plays the role of Victoria, communication officer and project supporter to Jack Harper.

Andrea Riseborough
Andrea Riseborough - Wikimedia Commons

Olga Kurylenko has an earthy beauty as she plays the role of Julia, who has been appearing in Jack's dreams and he later finds out why.

Olga Kurylenko
Olga Kurylenko - Wikimedia Commons

A significant character, Beech, is played by the magnificent Morgan Freeman, who unveils the actual facts of what happened vs. what Jack Harper has been led to believe.

Morgan Freeman
Morgan Freeman - Wikimedia Commons

Without further ruining the plot, I highly recommend the movie for all the reasons I have stated earlier: sci-fi story, graphics, great actors, captivating story. Even if you do not fall into any of those categories, the movie is still worth watching for sheer entertainment purposes. Do not wait for it to be released on DVD/BluRay; watch it in the cinema to enjoy the special effects.

I would like to put one warning forward for those who find movies set in the future a bit confusing: try not to walk out of the theatre to purchase pop-corn DURING the movie because all information supplied is critical to understand what is going on (concepts such as space travel, cloning, artificial intelligence, aliens are all part of the storyline).

If you have visited Manhattan (New York City), you will find plenty of flashbacks and hints to different landmarks in this great city in the movie. The technological equipment used by the characters in the movie is impressive. The cinematography is absolutely spectacular, especially the thunderstorm scenes, the sky high residences and the exquisite lake scenes. The soundtrack is moving and I loved it.

I give the movie 9 on 10 and the only reason why I would not give it a perfect score is because it is a tad bit long with a few scenes that repeat information. However, this should not deter movie-goers from enjoying this great motion picture. Enjoy the movie (and the popcorn)!
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