RATING: 3 tickets = The "Worthwhile" Movie.
Now lets clarify. This film is not worth watching because of the story line, the characters, or the action. In fact none of these elements are particularly amazing in this film. This is a GENEROUS 3 ticket rating, solely awarded for the beautiful cinematography.
Tom Cruise plays, Jack Harper, a drone repairman assigned to a sector on planet Earth. He and his work partner, Victoria, played by Andrea Riseborough live and work together. Victoria watches out for Jacks safety as he ventures out to kill any aliens still lurking on planet Earth and help salvage resources for the population who escaped to inhabit Titan. Aliens, known as Scavengers or ‘Scavs,’ who wanted to strip the Earth of its natural resources, essentially destroyed Earth during the battle. In the end humans won the war, but lost the Earth by turning most of it into a radioactive wasteland. The film starts after all of this action takes place, which is probably one of its biggest mistakes.
Another oddity is the confusing and nonsexual arrangement between Jack and Victoria. The couple behaves as if they are in a platonic marriage. Early on in the film they exchange glances that seem to convey concern for one another or possibly even love. But they never touch, never kiss, never sleep. Neither character is shown to have any sexual desires whatsoever, which adds to the weirdness of the movie. There is a possible explanation for this tied up with the twist at the end but it still makes for a strange film to watch nearly the only man and woman on the planet never cross that line.
Still, the premise could be exciting except for one small issue, not a whole lot happens on planet Earth during this 124-minute film. In 2077 drone repairs and people are incredibly dull. There are no people around except Jack and Victoria. There are no animals, nothing with a personality at all. As Scuttle from The Little Mermaid would say, “Dat very boring.”
The idea is not horrible, but all the details in between the idea did not help it. Unfortunately, the film feels a lot like Cast Away (Tom Hanks is marooned on an island and spends the entire movie talking to himself and trying to find a way back to civilization) post Minority Report Era where there would be no criminals, no room for mistakes, no veering off the beaten path. No excitement.
This movie is slow. There is not a lot of dialogue or action. There is a twist at the end, but not one that most people wouldn't see coming or would be that impressed with. The story feels old like it has been retold a million times. The pleasant aesthetic is its only redeeming quality.
It is a 2 hour montage of some of the most beautiful landscapes to never exist, and that makes it WORTHWHILE.
Watch the video above to see what Leonard Maltin thought of it.
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