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Oblivion (2013)



Critic Consensus: Visually striking but thinly scripted, Oblivion benefits greatly from its strong production values and an excellent performance from Tom Cruise.

Movie Info

Tom Cruise stars in Oblivion, an original and groundbreaking cinematic event from the visionary director of TRON: Legacy and producers of Rise of the Planet of the Apes. On a spectacular future Earth that has evolved beyond recognition, one man's confrontation with the past will lead him on a journey of redemption and discovery as he battles to save mankind. 2077: Jack Harper (Cruise) serves as a security repairmen stationed on an evacuated Earth. Part of a massive operation to extract vital resources after decades of war with a terrifying alien threat who still scavenges what's left of our planet, Jack's mission is almost complete. In a matter of two weeks, he will join the remaining survivors on a lunar colony far from the war-torn world he has long called home. Living in and patrolling the breathtaking skies from thousands of feet above, Jack's soaring existence is brought crashing down after he rescues a beautiful stranger from a downed spacecraft. Drawn to Jack through a connection that transcends logic, her arrival triggers a chain of events that forces him to question everything he thought he knew. With a reality that is shattered as he discovers shocking truths that connect him to Earth of the past, Jack will be pushed to a heroism he didn't know he contained within. The fate of humanity now rests solely in the hands of a man who believed our world was soon to be lost forever. (c)Universalmore
Rating: PG-13 (for sci-fi action violence, brief strong language, and some sensuality/nudity)
Genre: Action & Adventure, Science Fiction & Fantasy
Directed By:
Written By: Michael Arndt, Karl Gajdusek, Joseph Kosinski, Michael DeBruyn
In Theaters:
On DVD: Aug 6, 2013
Box Office: $89.0M
Universal Pictures - Official Site


Tom Cruise
as Jack Harper
Olga Kurylenko
as Julia Rusakova
Andrea Riseborough
as Victoria "Vika" Olse...
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Critic Reviews for Oblivion

All Critics (228) | Top Critics (44)

Although it looks spectacular and boasts some pungent ideas, the surprise-to-running-time ratio is out of whack.

Full Review… | March 3, 2014
Orange County Register
Top Critic

It takes more than an hour for Oblivion to become whatever it is the filmmakers think it's supposed to be.

Full Review… | December 31, 2013
Top Critic

In space, Jack hopes, someone may hear you dream. But in a movie theater, no one will see you yawn.

Full Review… | December 31, 2013
TIME Magazine
Top Critic

The story that eventually surfaces is no where near as interesting as the mesmerizing look of the film.

Full Review… | April 23, 2015

Oblivion delivers a blast of midsummer heat to the middle of April. And, unlike many a potential blockbuster, it's full of ambition. Just try not to think about it too much.

Full Review… | September 30, 2014
Las Vegas Review-Journal

"Oblivion" has the kind of magpie fecundity you'd hope to find bursting from the pages of une bande dessinťe freshly re-inked into English. But as a movie, it's like a terabyte farm of all the films Kosinski has ever steeped in.

Full Review… | April 9, 2014

Audience Reviews for Oblivion


Overall it was halfway decent. I honestly saw most of the plot twists coming, but the visuals and tech made up for it. I would recommend seeing it as a matinee or catching it in the 2nd run theaters

Matthew Comer

Super Reviewer


3 3/4's--Pretty good, and that's saying a lot for me...because I swore off Tom Cruise movies a long time ago. However, this one I stuck with. VERY confusing, but good at the same time. I most definitely needed someone with me (in this case my husband) to occasionally explain things to me. Overall, this was very entertaining. The CGI is amazing, and the plot kept me interested to the end...and it was a really nice ending, too.

Cynthia S.

Super Reviewer


I think they had a good idea here but then when they actually got down to writing down the story it all just went wrong. It just didn't flow and there was "umph" to this film.

Wildaly M

Super Reviewer

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