Oblivion (4K Ultra HD + Blu-ray + Digital HD)
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Oblivion is a groundbreaking cinematic event starring Tom Cruise as Jack Harper, the lone security repairman stationed on a desolate, nearly-ruined future Earth. When he rescues a beautiful stranger from a downed spacecraft, her arrival triggers a nonstop chain of events that forces him to question everything he knows, and leaves humanity's fate in his hands. Academy Award-winner Morgan Freeman joins Cruise in this "visually stunning" (Pete Hammond, Movieline), explosive story from the director of TRON: Legacy and the producer of Rise of the Planet of the Apes.
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This is where we pick up the story. Jack Harper (Tom Cruise) is Tech-49 whose task is to keep drones in the air protecting the giant hydro-rigs that suck up seawater to make fusion reaction so the remainder of the human race in the "Tet", a giant orbiting spacestation, can move to Titan, Jupiter's largest moon to begin again. Then, out of nowhere, an ancient space shuttle lands with the woman that haunts Jack's dreams.
I was surprised by the numerous twists and turns in this film. The tech is cool, the special effects are very good as if the ravaged, desert landscape. The action sequences are excellent. Cruise does a fine job in his role as does Andrea Riseborough who plays "Victoria", Tech-49's communication link with the Tet and partner. Olga Kurylenko gives a wooden performance as the "woman in his dreams" but doesn't detract significantly from the overall production.
This is good sci-fi that will surprise you as the film progresses. I enjoyed this film immensely and I think most sci-fi fans will too. This is a first-rate movie, five stars.
Some critics have panned this new film from director and co-writer Joseph Kosinski, in this his second film ("TRON: Legacy"), as being highly derivative. But let's face it, how many films are so fresh and new that they delve into uncharted territory? In any case, don't care. Whether it's a drama, a comedy, a horror movie or even a romantic comedy, it's how well it is delivered that counts. And this film delivers.
Like "TRON" the film is visually arresting. Seen on a big screen, the sets are huge but sparse, drawing the audience in. Set in a war-ravaged Earth of 2077 devoid of humans, all of whom have resettled on a moon of Saturn, only Jack (terrific Tom Cruise) and Victoria (Andrea Riseborough) remain. They are partners (both romantic and professionally) whose mission is to watch over the drones that patrol the area for a smattering of "Scavs" who were the defeated invaders. While Earth won the war, they lost the planet which continues to be harvested for water and other ecological matter.
Jack is the investigative repair man who goes out alone. Victoria never leaves their high control point and guides him using sophisticated tracking technology. While investigating an unusual radio beacon, Jack witnesses a spacecraft crash. One of the survivors is a human flight officer named Julia (Olga Kurylenko) who he has occasionally dreamed about. Both Jack and Vic have had their memories "washed" in order to eliminate thoughts of the terrible war. Uh, sure. What Jack believes to be "Scavs" turns out to be Beech (Morgan Freeman) and his collection of survivors. The truth is out there and Jack must find it, and does with the help of Julia.
Like "TRON," "Oblivion" is beautiful to watch and has a great soundtrack, mostly provided by French electronic band, M83. Yes, "Oblivion" borrows from a list of movies too long to mention, but for those of us who salivate for science fiction films with a breath of intelligence, this one does the trick.
BLU RAY REVIEW: In this subsequent viewing of this terrific sci-fi film, I was able to tie up a few elements I didn't quite understand the first time around. I would also have to say this is one of the best looking movies of any genre I've seen. The special features on the Blu ray disc add some clarity on how and why the filmmakers went for a certain look and it truly comes across beautifully.
The other thing I had missed the first time around was the romantic relationship between Jack and Victoria and subsequently Julia. It was there but just wasn't a point of focus. By "there," I mean it wasn't explicit, either by subdued actions or love making. Regarding the later, the most interesting coupling occurs in the swimming pool. It seems clear that Jack's relationship with Victoria seems forced or maybe expected is a better word. He does all the right things that husbands and wives do, but it seems like a matter of routine more than true love. Watch Cruise's face during those intimate close ups. Something is wrong. Of course those memory flashbacks of Julia don't help. When Jack finally does find Julia, it all clicks. Not quickly, but you can see in Jack's reactions, he loves this woman. But why? In the end, he shows how much he loves her. "Oblivion" is also a beautiful love story.
There is nothing like watching a beautiful movie like this on the big screen, but this Blu Ray transfer comes damn close. The 1080p transfer is spectacular in every respect and certainly will be a show off piece to a good system. It comes in the original aspect ratio of 2.39:1 and does a great job replicating the original film. The dystopian world is now essentially uninhabited and the stark whites and various shades contrast nicely with deep dark blacks. When the story moves underground, shadows and shadings of grey prevail. But even when Jack retreats to his cabin in the wilderness, we get beautiful greens and various earth tones in all their splendor. I could see no encoding issues. The contrast and detail are excellent.
Equaling the visuals is a magnificent DTS-HD Master Audio 7.1 audio track. Again put this one on your demo list. If you have sub-woofers, they will get a workout as the rumbles coming from many sources including gunfire, rockets and explosions. The surrounds are constantly in play with movement from side to side, back and forth as the drone ships fly around. Dialog is clear and well presented. Ambient noise is ever present as well.
Extras include an excellent commentary track by Tom Cruise and director Joseph Kosinski, a 48 minute "making of" documentary, some deleted scenes and get this, an isolated musical score by M83 in Dolby TruHD 5.1 (24 bit, 96kHz). A great package to own.
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