LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) -- THV 11 Film Critic Jonathan Nettles gives his take on Tom Cruise's latest film Oblivion.
Oblivion is a post-apocalyptic movie in which Earth has been all but wasted in a nuclear war against an invading alien threat. Humans no longer live on Earth, they either live on one of Jupiter's moon, Titan or they live on a space station orbiting Earth and are preparing to go. The last mission is to turn Earth's ocean water supply into fusion fuel for their new home. Tom Cruise plays Jack part of a two-person technician team left behind to maintain the drone robots that protect the machines and do battle in skirmishes with the remnants of the alien army. Through a series of chance encounters, Jack discovers the truth about his home planet and the more sinister truth behind his very existence.
Oblivion is directed by Joseph Kasinski, who also directed Tron: Legacy, which explains why the two films have a similar feel. Luckily Oblivion has a quicker, more exciting pace to it. Kasinski created a visually spectacular wasteland out of Earth that is worth seeing on film. It's a good science fiction film with the makings of a classic, although I think we've got a ways to go before declaring it that.
I really liked this movie and every time I see a movie with Tom Cruise, I remember how much I like Tom Cruise in the movies and it makes me feel pretty good.
Also in theaters, Home Run is (as you can guess from the title) a movie about a baseball star whose life is spiraling out of control, after a DUI and team suspension, his agent sends him back to the small town where he grew up. There he coaches the local youth baseball team and enter an 8-week recovery program in an effort to find redemption.
The Lords of Salem is a horror film from Rob Zombie; a local DJ in Salem, Massachusetts receives a mysterious wooden box containing a record, when she plays the record the bizarre sounds trigger flashbacks from the towns violent past.
The Place Beyond the Pines has actually been out for a couple of week but it slipped past my radar. It stars Ryan Gosling as a motorcycle rider who makes a fateful decision to commit a crime to support his child, which makes him the target of a policeman played by Bradley Cooper.
Also, the Little Rock Film Festival announced its' "Made in Arkansas" competition lineup. The category was created to showcase the best film works being produced right here in the state. All films are Arkansas premieres. There are 19 of them. A couple of highlights of the list include: Up Among the Hills: The Story of Fayetteville (a one-hour documentary on the history of Fayetteville, narrated by President Bill Clinton) and The Identity Theft of Mitch Mustain (narrated by Nolan Richardson, the story of former Razorback and highly touted Springdale High School football player's struggle to find balance between who he once was, and who he now wants to be). Those are just two on the list, the rest range from action to comedy to romance. You could be watching a film by the next Steven Spielberg. For more information check out little rock film festival dot org.