‘Oblivion’ good on cinematography, effects, confusing on plot twists

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By Katherin Leszczynski, Contributor

I’ll let you know when I figure out the plot to “Oblivion.”

Don’t get me wrong; the movie isn’t impossible to follow. But it has one too many plot twists and characters that don’t speak clearly, which takes away from the whole experience.

Jack Harper (Tom Cruise) lives in a post-apocalyptic United States. An alien race called “Scavengers,” Scavs for short, blew up the Earth’s moon and invaded the planet. Even though Earth won the war, everyone is evacuated to a space station before they move to Titan, Saturn’s largest moon.

But, not all the Scavs are dead and they like to destroy the drones that watch over Earth. It is Jack’s job to go to the deserted planet and fix the drones while his partner and girlfriend Victoria (Andrea Riseborough) runs the control from their headquarters. She gets orders from Sally (Melissa Leo), their mysterious leader already up on the space station.

The first half of the movie drags a little. It spends a too much time showing Cruise riding around in advanced vehicles over an abandoned Earth. With the arrival of a mysterious stranger (Olga Kurylenko), the movie starts to pick up, but then goes a little too crazy. Figuring out who she is, what she was doing, and who everyone really is, all pile on a little too heavy.

Without revealing too many plot twists, this movie is confusing. It’s a bad sign when the person you see the movie with has to explain the biggest twists to you. Sure, the movie made more sense after explanation, but when it isn’t until after you’ve left the theater, it doesn’t hit you the same.

But everything in this movie isn’t bad. The special effects of a destroyed Earth are realistic and shocking. Seeing the capitol building and the Washington monument buried in sand next to the ocean is eye opening, and the broken down football fields are depressing.

Cruise is also great as the relatable hero that you want to root for. He also adds a little sense of humor the movie desperately needs.

Overall, I wouldn’t say not to see this movie, but it really has to be up your alley. What that alley is, I’m still unsure of.

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