It’s the year 2077 Jack Harper is a drone Maintenance repair man, he lives in a groovy apartment way up in the clouds, the apartment seems like it could become horribly daggy in the future. Sort of like when Jack Thorn visits that flashy apartment in Solyent green and you cringe at the décor.
Jack Harper lives in a neat ordered world, everything feels like it is out of an Ikea brochure, even his wife. Right from the start you are aware ‘something is wrong’ these people have little raw emotion that makes them human…or do they? This is a touch screen world and the flying machine that Tom drives reminds me of a cross between an Apple product and two nuts.
Jacks main job is to go out and fix failed drones, which protect the giant fusion reactors from the ‘scav’ an alien species that invaded the earth and forced it’s inhabitants to head of to Titan.
The problems starts when a third wheel comes to stay via Julia (Olga Kurylenko) Who has to be awaken from cryogenic sleep. This is where the basic under structure of the movie displays itself. It is essentially a love triangle story between the three main characters. Jack Harper, Victoria Olsen and Julia (who turns out to be his wife). Jack and Vic are both a ‘team’ but who have had their memories wiped, the troubles start occurring only when Julia shows up. Trouble in paradise. The oldest story in the book.
The planet is a dead one and bits of New York pop out from the surface reminding me a little of Planet of the apes. The world is so obviously a dystopia there’s not much left on earth, just plenty of rubble. The movie never explores the decay, it draws heavily on Aliens for suspense using the sound of the beacon as we search the empty world.
The scav and the leader of the scav: Morgan Freeman look very Matrix like, Morgan Freeman looks odd in those John Lennon glasses his performance is so small and wasted. The drones are a little scary but they are a total give away. Science fiction lesson number one: Anything in a movie that is robotic and has a red eye is EVIL.
This movie feels like it is all about Tom Cruise. I am partially fond of Tom Cruise he won me over in War of the Worlds and Eyes Wide Shut. But here we are up close and personal with Tom, so close we can see every scratch and mark on his face and it becomes a little too much.
The movie is my favorite genre science fiction and it had me in with the drones and the idea of the alien Tet, the central science fiction idea was a little too close to that of MOON especially with the idea of the clones not knowing of each others existence.
I felt a little disappointed with this movie, I was fairly excited about its prospects as part of the science fiction canon but it just didn’t quite make it.