At the start of the film Oblivion, the globe-destroying battle is a thing of the past. Earth is a decimated, radioactive wasteland conveniently dotted with easily recognizable yet destroyed landmarks. Tom Cruise’s character lives in what appears to be a very modern case study house that happens to be floating just above the clouds. His function is to maintain and repair automated drones whose purpose is to protect massive machines that pump water from the dying planet below.

Of course he has a sexy, smart companion. Of course she is the brains while he is the brawn. Of course they have sex. Together they function as an “effective team,” a phrase repeated over and over again throughout the story. Needless to say, I was bored.

Oblivion did not start well. If I wasn’t watching it for a review, I probably would have stopped watching it. It certainly doesn’t hook the audience right out of the gate; however, once you settle into the story, it is a somewhat enjoyable journey.

When Morgan Freeman and a handful of others enter the mix, things pick up a bit but also get very confusing. The story jumps erratically from scene to scene until Cruise is literally fighting himself. No kidding. It’s not really clear at first if there is cloning going on or time traveling or whatever. The ability to stop and rewind is a definite plus for this film being on DVD - I feel bad for all the folks that left the theaters scratching their heads.

In keeping with the theme, the DVD extras really aren’t anything out of the ordinary either, though the story about how the idea became a film does make you want to check out the graphic novel on which the film was based.

I didn’t hate Oblivion by any means, but I also certainly didn’t love it. I don’t regret that I saw it, but I doubt that I would watch it again. If the price is right, check it out for yourself and see how you feel.

Grade: C

Oblivion is currently available on DVD.