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Sci-Fi - Invasion of Earth

Oblivion (2013)

Duration 2h 4m Rating (UK) 12A
Source of story A graphic novel by Joseph Kosinski – actually never published but used to pitch the film to the studios
Writers/Script Karl Gajdusek, Michael Arndt
Additional Info A lot of work was put into the glass tower habitat used by the technician and his controller and it is effective.
Director Joseph Kosinski
Starring Tom Cruise, Morgan Freeman, Olga Kurylenko, Andrea Riseborough, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Melissa Leo, Morgan Freeman
Elevator Pitch After a war which has effectively destroyed the world a technician and a young woman, acting as his controller, maintain drones whose job is to eliminate aliens. They have had their memories erased, but he keeps getting flashbacks to a time before the conflict. When an escape pod from a NASA spacecraft lands with a number of survival pods on board, which a drone eliminates except for one containing a woman there are unanswered questions. Who is she and who is watching them and why has the drone killed the others?
Content The technician spends time in the habitat, flies the helicopter like aircraft, mends drones and later has interaction with survivors. There are gunfights with the drones and a lot of flying about and travel across the devastated earth. There is one scene of a naked woman’s back, a bit of snogging and implied sex.
A View I really enjoy a bit of technology. The flying machine and the habitat are great and the drones superb, devastatingly efficient and almost human in their responses. Having said that, the plot is a bit obscure and I and others had to resort to Wikipedia to find out what was going on. But still fun if you like TC films and dystopian futures.

About Victor R Gibson

Author of this site three technical books and two novels


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