After a series of misfires in the mid-2010’s, Tom Cruise stared in the post-apocalyptic, sci-fi movie Oblivion. Directed by Joseph Kosinski, Oblivion co-starred Morgan Freeman, Olga Kurylenko, Andrea Riseborough, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, and Melissa Leo and was released to cinemas in 2013. While Oblivion received mixed reviews from critics and audiences, I quite liked the story of a drone repair person who slowly begins to find out what his actual job entails.

Why People Didn’t Like Oblivion…

With only a 54% on Rotten Tomatoes from critics and an only slightly higher 61% from audiences, Oblivion wasn’t well received. While it did go onto make $286.2 million at the box office, it was made for $120 million and the film isn’t considered a success.

Many critics and audience members complained about Oblivion’s lack of an interesting story as well as borrowed themes from other sci-fi movies. Overall, many considered the film to be nothing special and while I definitely do not consider Oblivion a masterpiece, I find it to be a very well made, intriguing movie and I personally loved one of the biggest homage’s to one of my favourite sci-fi films of all time.

Why I Really Like Oblivion…

Oblivion is one of those films where I don’t understand why critics and audiences rated it so low. Is it better than let’s say, Minority Report? No, and I’m not arguing that it is, but I thought Oblivion was an entertaining movie with a solid story.
Tom Cruise’s plays Jack, a man with a menial but important job in the future. Jack fixes drones that come from a space station after a devastating alien invasion has placed most of humanity on those same space stations. This is because the Earth is without natural resources and is considered uninhabitable. I for one really loved this aspect to the story, which left me guessing. Particularity, after Jack finds himself among human survivors still living on Earth. When a movie with a mystery or a twist keeps me guessing and I can’t predict the entire story, including how it ends, within the first 20 minutes (I’m looking at you Ex Machina) I can’t help but give credit where credit is due. I’m usually one of those people who can predict the murderer in a who-done-it or the twist in a film within the first act of a movie, but when I can’t, I take notice.

However, it was the ultimate references to my second favourite film of all time, which happens to be a sci-fi classic, that left me more than impressed with Oblivion. That would the reference to the original Planet of the Apes from 1968, in the form of Oblivion having a “Forbidden Zone”.

In The Planet of the Apes, the Forbidden Zone was an area not far from the main camp where the highly evolved apes lived. In that area, there were caves with artifacts that contradicted the creation myth written in the scared scrolls, which the apes followed as their bible. In order to hide the fact that human and apes evolved from a common ancestor, Dr. Zaius and the other Council members, forbid all people from going into that area. In Oblivion, there too was a Forbidden Zone, where Jack was also not supposed to enter for a similar reason. That reason was that if he were to enter that area, his whole world would be turned upside down. This reference made me appreciate Oblivion’s script and probably a lot more than most people did but I loved the reference to The Planet of the Apes and highly appreciated it as a huge fan of that film.

While Oblivion isn’t a masterpiece, it REALLY IS A GOOD MOVIE with solid performances, amazing visuals and really good cinematography. The reference to The Planet of the Apes was handled MARVELOUSLY, and for that, Oblivion WASN’T AS BAD as critics and audiences made it out to be.

PS: Did I mention that Morgan Freeman’s in it?