Jack Harper is a technician living sixty four years in the future. Earth is now a wasteland following a war in which an alien invader destroyed the moon causing earthquakes and tidal waves. Surviving humans have evacuated Earth for Titan, one of Saturn’s moons. Jack and his partner Victoria, are responsible for maintaining and repairing drones used to protect giant hydro collectors taking Earth’s water for use on Titan.
Everything has gone smoothly for the team with only two weeks left before they are able to join the rest of the humans living in an enormous space station orbiting the planet awaiting departure to Titan. Their daily routine is interrupted when a spacecraft crashes down not far from their station. Jack investigates and discovers a female survivor. The woman’s arrival and the impossible fact that she knows Jack’s name set in motion events that changes his view of Earth’s fate and reveals a past he had forgotten.
Oblivion stars Tom Cruise, Morgan Freeman, Andrea Riseborough and Olga Kurylenko. The film provides some breath taking visuals and the story is very intriguing, though it could use a little more tension. However, this is not a thriller or an “all guns blazing” action-the action bits are done very well-Oblivion is in fact, an adventure about how the past can be of such great value, that without it we cannot hope to have a better and brighter future.
RED is a fun movie and it completely rocks! What makes it so in my opinion, is not the well told story, explosions, car chase or slick action sequences by themselves; it is getting to watch four retirees from the CIA kick major tail. With finesse…and a little craziness to.
At the films beginning we are introduced to Frank Moses who; at first glance, appears to be an unassuming American male who has just recently retired and is adjusting to his new life. We watch as he decorates his house, eats his meals and talks on the phone with a girl at the pension office named Sarah. It isn’t until a small group of heavily armed men try to kill Frank that we even get an idea of exactly what he has retired from. The CIA.
Frank then joins with Sarah to protect her, but does it in a fashion that is completely hilarious when taken into the context of his professional background. After joining her, Frank tracks down fellow retirees in an effort to figure out who is trying to kill him and Sarah. What they end up discovering, is that someone is trying to cover up an incident that occurred nearly thirty years ago and the person behind it all is willing to kill anybody who gets in the way.
Frank is played by Bruce Willis and Mary Louis Parker is Sarah. They are joined by John Malkovich, Helen Mirren, Brian Cox and Morgan Freeman who play other CIA retirees that have worked with Frank Moses in the past. Karl Urban (Star Trek 2009) is the CIA agent hired to track Frank down and take him out. Screen legend Earnest Borgnine (The Wild Bunch 1969) also makes an appearance in the movie.
What I enjoy most about this movie is that it doesn’t try to be something it isn’t and manages to blend action with a unique whimsical humor about getting old and a sprinkle of romance. The film also shows that years of experience is no match for youthful skill. Go watch it. Even if it is just to see Helen Mirren shoot a .50 Caliber machine gun.