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I've always had the impression that a great & memorable sci-fi film would occur, if not, every year, frequent. There is something very particular about this film genre that sets it apart from the rest of Hollywood: when Stanley Kubrick released 2001: A Space Odyssey in 1968, it was like nothing else. Same goes for Starwars in 1977, the entire Stark Trek franchise, and even Avatar in 2009 using game-changing motion-capture technology. 

On April 14th, 2013, I went to see the latest Tom Cruise film, Oblivion. At first, I thought it was going to be a typical apocalyptic film in which the hero tries to start humanity from scratch. 

To put it though, yes, the film's storyline goes along like that, but it contains such twists that can change the viewers perspective throughout the entire movie. But these twists won't tie your thoughts into the knot though- there are less twists than Inception or even typical thriller films, but BIG twists.

The movie left me a good impression, so much I can't resist to tell you my journey on helping Tom Cruise reboot planet Earth. But I have to do the right thing, and that is to not spoil you too much about the whole plot. But for a hint, think of it as Wall-E + Duncan Jone's Moon with a little mix of Stanley Kubrick's 2001: A Space Odyssey & I, Robot

We start with Cruise's narration(in character)of an alien invasion on earth, our moon split into bits & Earth void of life, with the exception of Jack Harper(Cruise) & Victoria Olsen(Andrea Riseborough) who are stationed on Earth in an über-beautiful glass-walled house. Life all seems to be pristine for this 'effective team', as called by their distanced commander-in-chief stationed in the 'TET' space station above our atmosphere. 

And their mission? To make sure the humongous hydro-fusion machines( used to collect Earth's water) & keep the armed drones ticking. Another job is to find & clean up the "Scavs",  the 'invaders' responsible for scorching our planet. Every morning, Jack flies his cool Bell 47-like VTOL aircraft to inspect the giant machines sucking up the oceans and to make sure the drones work properly, as well as repairing the broken ones.

Throughout the film, Harper has memories- binoculars atop the Empire State Building & a woman he was to meet on the streets of New York. We presume this is a hint of what's to come.

One day, a NASA spaceship crashes with several humans in hibernation capsules. From here, everything changes for Jack Harper, and the mission itself. What is really going on? Is this whole alien invasion nothing but a big cover-up? Is there really a human colony on Titan? Are Jack & Victoria the only humans on Earth? Those questions will arise towards the middle of the movie, especially when Jack is finally caught by the 'scavs' & everything is turned upside down. 

As for whenever or not Oblivion will be 2013's sci-fi film, only time will tell. There are many Sci-fi films rolling out of Hollywood this year: After Earth will hit the screens in June(for the US), Star Trek Into Darkness, Elysium, Ender's Game and much more. If I do get to see the other films, I'll try to write reviews about them, as much as I'm not a movie buff like other movie reviewers.

Overall, I thought this was a great movie. Can't say memorable (yet), but I still applaud the dedication from the entire team into making this movie. 

The rest is up to you to judge...

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