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NY1 Movie Review: "Oblivion"

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Tom Cruise stars in "Oblivion", a new sci-fi movie set 60 years in the future on a post-apocalyptic earth. NY1's Neil Rosen filed the following review.

Tom Cruise's latest film is a big-budget sci-fi thriller set in the future. It's called "Oblivion".

A group of aliens have left everything in ruins. The year is 2077, and Cruise plays Jack Harper, a former serviceman with a job to do.

Jack's past memories have been erased. His partner, played by Andrea Riseborough, has no past memories, either. With almost no humans left on the post-apocalyptic planet, these two live in a loft in the sky. But each day, Jack heads down to the earth's surface searching for destructive alien scavengers.

But Jack's old memories keep cropping up, and he's haunted by the image of a mysterious woman, played by Olga Kurylenko. When she unexpectedly shows up, things begin to change for both Jack and his mission.

Form a visual standpoint, the movie is breathtaking. Remnants of a destroyed Earth, particularly New York City, are visually striking, and the aerial dogfight scenes, with Cruise at the controls of a high speed-spaceship, reminded me of a futuristic version of "Top Gun" crossed with a bit of "Star Wars".

As far as the story goes, it's a bit weak, and we've seen bits and pieces of this plot crop up in many other sci-fi movies.

Cruise never seems to age. He still has what it takes to do heavy-duty action scenes, and he looks great all along the way. Riseborough is also quite good. Morgan Freeman shows up for a little while, but his screen time is all too brief.

Co-writer and director Joseph Kosinski has made an incredible visual feast, and there are some good action sequences. The problem here is with the story line, which greatly needed improvement.

Neil Rosen's Big Apple Rating: 3 apples

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