With Martin Luther King, Jr. Day this week, it’s a good time to reflect on the history of our nation’s esteemed leaders. The more influential a leader is, the more eyes are focused on the films and books that cover his or her tenure, and that is never truer than with a biopic. A great biographical movie can inspire hopes and dreams, while a bad one can tarnish the subject’s reputation.
Some movies are just too smart for their own good. Other movies only want to be. Tom Cruise’s latest science fiction blockbuster, Oblivion, is the latter and boy does it ever stumble upon its own effort to be clever.
Set in the distance future of 2077, Oblivion introduces us to an Earth that took a major licking during an epic battle with some bastard aliens. Most of humanity died in the nuclear fallout and survivors have been evacuated to a giant space station awaiting transport to a moon of Saturn where life can begin anew. That leaves only two human beings left on Earth: Jack (Tom Cruise) and Victoria (Andrea Riseborough).