I’ll go ahead and say it: Oblivion is one of my new favorite films. I watched it for the first time last week and have been hooked on it ever since. I even went out Friday night and bought it on Blu-ray. I watched it for a second time Saturday evening. I may just watch it again tonight.
Summary: Jack Harper is one of the last few drone repairmen stationed on Earth. Part of a massive operation to extract vital resources after decades of war with a terrifying threat known as the Scavs, Jack’s mission is nearly complete. Living in and patrolling the skies from thousands of feet above, his existence is brought crashing down when he rescues a stranger from a downed spacecraft. Her arrival triggers a chain of events that forces him to question everything he knows and puts the fate of humanity in his hands. Written by Universal Pictures.
The technical design is outstanding. I love the clean look of the Skytower and Bubbleship. I’m so tired of the grit and grime in post-apocalyptic movies. It’s so nice to see Jack flying and driving around in vehicles that are gleaming chrome and white. The Earth itself has a sort of sleek design to it. Filmed in Iceland, the black sands are a welcome change from the dirt and dull grey tones usually associated with the post-apocalypse.
M83 wrote the score for the film. Again, another element that fit perfectly with the tone and design of Oblivion. It’s possibly the best sci-fi soundtrack since the Mass Effect video games.