In the year 2154, the very wealthy live on a man-made space station while the rest of the population resides on a ruined Earth. A man takes on a mission that could bring equality to the polarized worlds.
In 2074, when the mob wants to get rid of someone, the target is sent into the past, where a hired gun awaits - someone like Joe - who one day learns the mob wants to 'close the loop' by sending back Joe's future self for assassination.
One of the few remaining drone repairmen assigned to Earth, its surface devastated after decades of war with the alien Scavs, discovers a crashed spacecraft with contents that bring into question everything he believed about the war, and may even put the fate of mankind in his hands. Written by
There are two scenes in this movie that are very similar to Mission: Impossible III (2006). The first is when Jack is in the library retreating. The walkway bridge he used is taken out. He is forced to throw his rifle across first, then jumping over, barely making it, as he pulls himself up. This scene is very similar to Mission: Impossible III. When the drone takes out part of the bridge as Owen Davian is escaping, Ethan throws his rifle across as he jumps over, barely making it, and pulling himself up. The second scene (in Mission: Impossible III) is when Ethan is about to inject Anna with Adrenaline. He grabs her, and says "This is going to hurt", then injects her. A very similar scene was shot in Oblivion, when Jack grabs Julia (after she had been shot, in the desert scene) and says "This is going to hurt", then injects her. Julia is also the name of Ethan's wife in Mission: Impossible III (2006). See more »
Besides the fact that the alien ship allowed Jack to enter with little or no safeguards, it did not even notice that Jack 49 was arriving using Helicopter Ship 52. See more »
Earth, before the war. New York, before I was born. A place I've only seen pictures of. I know you... But we've never met. I'm with you... But I don't know your name. I know I'm dreaming. But it feels like more than that. It feels like a memory. How can that be?
See more »
During the opening scene, behind the Universal logo, Earth is shown destroyed by war and the natural disasters mentioned in the film. See more »
This movie is - without a doubt - one of the most visually spectacular that I have ever seen, standing shoulder-to-shoulder in that department with the likes of Watchmen, Prometheus, Sunshine and Kosinski's preceding effort - TRON: Legacy. Also (like TRON) the soundtrack is excellent and very well used throughout, enhancing the action and adding depth to some - at times - distinctly average acting performances.
Tom Cruise plays Tom Cruise but that's not a bad thing in this case, in fact his natural charisma carries the movie through some of its slower sections. Morgan Freeman plays Morgan Freeman though he's really not on screen for long enough to influence the movie one way or another. Olga Kurylenko's statuesque profile is unfortunately not matched by her acting ability and I often found it difficult to believe in her character's actions and emotions. Andrea Riseborough turns in maybe the best performance, convincing as the sad and confused Victoria, unwilling - or perhaps unable - to confront the disturbing truth.
At over 2 hours I think that it's too long by about 20 minutes. A shorter cut would tighten up the story and eliminate some of the slower sections which I think hurt the movie's overall rhythm and flow.
Overall, I would definitely recommend going to see this movie in the cinema, on the biggest screen that you can find. It just won't be the same on TV. The visual appeal alone is reason enough, but combined with a clever (if not entirely original) script, a thumping soundtrack and some exciting action, you should be entertained.
386 of 559 people found this review helpful.
Was this review helpful to you?