Oblivion

 

Universal Studios Home Entertainment

 

Rating: PG-13

 

Reason for the Rating: Sci-fi action violence, brief strong language, and some sensuality/nudity.

 

Plot Summary: In a post-apocalyptic world, Jack Harper must defend against an alien threat to help humanity survive.

 

PopFam Recommends: Fascinating glimpse of human nature in a post-apocalyptic sci-fi universe; a great film for teens and adults.

 

Action! Explosions! Tom Cruise running! Oblivion gave me exactly what I expect from a Tom Cruise movie and more. From the trailers, I thought it was going to be little more than a fun action movie. But once I started watching, I was pleasantly surprised and confused by the story. There were several plot twists that I was definitely not expecting.

 

If you’re a fan of sci-fi action films, then I seriously recommend this one.

 

Sixty years after an alien invasion left the world all but destroyed, a field technician named Jack Harper is one of the last remaining humans on the planet. With the help of his commanding officer Victoria, Jack watches over defense drones that guard huge water removal units called hydro rigs. The water is used for energy to transfer it to Titan, Saturn’s largest moon, where the rest of humanity has been moved. Jack and Victoria receive commands from the Tet—a large space station orbiting Earth—and are just weeks away from being done with their mission and moving themselves to Titan. But the alien scavengers (scavs) have been causing havoc with the defense drones…and then…

 

Well, I can’t tell you more without revealing spoilers. So go watch the movie to find out if Jack saves humanity or succumbs to the evil aliens!

 

The visuals in this movie were really incredible. Most movies set after the end of civilization as we know it feature dark settings and a bleak color palette. While there are a lot of blacks, grays, and whites in Oblivion, there are also vibrant, eye-catching colors and simply beautiful scenes. The main difference is that the majority of this movie takes place during the day. No dark shadows or alleyways. Just barren, bright landscapes and colorful skies.

 

Parents should know that this movie earns its PG-13 rating. There is sci-fi action and fighting throughout the film. There is also limited profanity, sensuality and implied sexual situations (including a nude swimming scene). Oblivion is probably best suited for teens and adults.

 

The DVD/Blu Ray edition has a few special features which mostly highlight the aspects of making the movie. These are cool to watch for serious fans, but there are no spectacular bonus features or extras.

 

Overall, Oblivion is definitely a film worth checking out. It feels very complete in all of its aspects—an unexpectedly good entry into the Tom Cruise canon.

 

Let’s Talk About It

Use these questions to spark discussion among family members who are interested in this movie:

 

• Why do you think Jack collected souvenirs from the past?

 

• How would you react if you found out your world was a lie? What would you do?

 

• What do you think happened after the end of the movie? Defend your answer.

 

--TN

 

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