At last! Proper sci-fi! Spaceships, aliens and everything!
I often think to myself when I go to see a Tom Cruise film that he’s never made a bad one. Then I remember War of the Worlds, but surely that has to be exception that proves the rule? Oblivion, despite some of the cliches and a few obvious twists, is a fantastic film once it gets going. There were a couple of places where I found myself wondering if something had been cut to get the 12A rating, which is always a shame. Having said that, the one piece of language at the end seemed totally unnecessary as it was absent from the rest of the film.
So I guessed pretty early on that the Scavs were humans. It was obvious. However, once that was revealed a new intrigue was introduced and the suspense reasonably well maintained until the end where it was almost fully described. It would have been good to understand exactly what happened to Jack and Victoria after they entered the alien ship and how the invasion happened and who the aliens really were, where they came from and why they were stealing energy from planets.
One of the highlights for me was when Jack flicked through his record collection and there was a copy of Pink Floyd’s The Wall and Asia’s first album. You don’t see that every day!