DIRECTOR: Joseph Kosinski
CAST: Tom Cruise,Andrea Riseborough,Morgan Freeman,Olga Kurylenko
Of all the Earth-destruction conspiracies,guess this one: just destroy its moon. The effects are catastrophic,sending Earthlings looking for a new place to civilise. Its only 64 years from now and guess the place they pick: Saturns largest moon.
Why? Dont ask. For Oblivion,a strangely brooding and slow-moving and completely confused film,isnt telling. The least of all how mankind made the jump from hoping to reach next-door Mars to making it to the faraway ringed planet. Thats too much to demand when its central premise,of a conspiracy within a conspiracy,of astronauts being put to sleep and then woken up,of memories erased and books stashed away,of another godly-like appearance by Morgan Freedman and his posse of followers,of caverns and drones,of a house tucked neatly by the lake,of radiation lying cheek by jowl with pristine vegetation,of duplicate people and hydra-rigs,of a big sister and her plastic smile,are all
itself left conveniently vague.
What you get is Cruise caught somewhere between Top Gun and Mission Impossible,his spaceship partner Victoria (Riseborough) caught between a perfect coiffure and a swimming pool,his wife Julia (Kurylenko) caught between being almost dead and being almost alive,and a line that starts out being funnily serious and ends being seriously funny. This may be the only time in history that Are you an effective team? is a sentence full of menace.