"Do we have a soul? What is a soul? Where do we get one if we have one? Is humanity worth protecting and fighting for? Where are we going as a species? Will we survive our future? Does humanity have an enemy? Are we progressing or evolving into something good or should we have reservation about the trends and trajectory we're on as a species?" I pondered as I meandered back to my car after viewing Oblivion.
Oblivion, the latest Tom Cruise flick with other notables such as Morgan Freeman and Olga Kurylenko, is a movie about a drone tech and his work partner based in a post war Earth. Cruise, who plays Jack Harper, is a drone tech who hunts down and repairs malfunctioning drones in a designated area as determined by a giant upside down pyramid in the sky known as TET, the command center. Jack, through a number of events and mishaps, unravels a mystery that greatly destroys every idea he had about his life and everything he's been led to believe about his existence. Thus, his purpose is greatly altered. Through the eyes of Jack, we witness humanity at it's best when faced with almost impossible odds. I thought this was a great movie and if you're a Sci-Fi buff like me than this movie is for you. If you're not into Sci-Fi that much than you'd probably be better off waiting till it comes out on Red-Box. The overall message was positive in that it spoke to the power of humanity to survive and struggle against what may seem like insurmountable odds. It was a good display of the power of humanity to dig down deep and keep going just when it seems as if there is no way out of a bad situation. This is a must see if you're into the whole Sci-Fi genre like me or a "can wait till it comes out at the Red Box" if you're not.
Oblivion is the state of being forgotten, or forgetting, and I often wonder if were being lead into a state of forgetfulness. With the advancement of technology at the pace that it's going, it's hard not to question what our future holds for us. Heck, I can barely remeber phone numbers, passwords, IDs, or where I parked in the mall parking lot these days. With all the smart phones, smart meters, smart books, smart appliances, smart cars, and smart smarts, why do I even need a brain. It's seems as though I'm being trained to be a dumbed down bio-mechanical machine following predetermined modes of existence as opposed to an intelligent and sentient being. I believe we are being lead into a fantasy that will be our worst nightmare once realized and I think that Oblivion deals with that very issue. Where are we going and are we going to like it once we achieve destination? I give it three and half stars out of five and think that you should just sit back and enjoy it for what's worth. View it with your "eyes wide shut" and see if you notice any nuggets as to how to defeat the machine and rebel against the End Game that is being planned!
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