Lost World

Of all the Earth-destruction conspiracies,guess this one: just destroy its moon.

Written by Shalini Langer | Published: April 13, 2013 12:40 am

OBLIVION

DIRECTOR: Joseph Kosinski

CAST: Tom Cruise,Andrea Riseborough,Morgan Freeman,Olga Kurylenko

Rating: *1/2

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. It’s only 64 years from now and guess the place they pick: Saturn’s largest moon.

Why? Don’t ask. For Oblivion,a strangely brooding and slow-moving and completely confused film,isn’t 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. That’s 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.

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