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Oblivion: Are We Asking the Right Questions?

The recent Tom Cruise movie Oblivion raises the question what happens when we are all connected but have never met? It is in this movie humanity lives in space driven from the earth from an alien attack in 2017. Jack Harper is one of the remaining humans left on the outskirts of earth skilled to maintain and fix the drones which battles the aliens on radioactive territory.

oblivion-movie-directed by Joseph Kosinski

As he works he being to question what is he doing? And why? In it is in this self-analysis with the quest of wanting to know more which leads him to discover a secret about himself.

Oblivion is about the connection of mankind with technology and how social capital can be twisted to an opponents advantage. It reminds us that the social impact of technology can be used for good or evil. However, it is not a living entity that has a soul.

Technology is  only a tool that connects us and inspires us to create for our own advantage. The problem is we do not question the ethics of the tools  that we are given and how they are used for the betterment of man.

As Jack Harper takes orders from superiors he never met and begins to break the rules. He uncovers a secret one which could save mankind and planet earth. It is this secret which raises the questions about cloning? telecommuting? And what is really out there watching above us? This movie is not full of action but twists and turns with ideas of beauty, what is the good, and the testament of mans  daunting struggle to survive based on the collective good of the community.

If you are looking for a movie that is full of action such as Aliens or Predator this move is not for you. At times the movie will seem slow, you will question the acting, but other times you will be riveted by the imagination of Director Joseph Kosinski.  

Do you think more ethical questions need to be raised about advancements in science and technology?


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Darcie Cameron is a RYT 200 who believes Yoga is a gift that is accessible to everyone with proper modifications, a patient smile and just taking the time to breathe. One of the greatest presents you will ever unwrap is when you connect your mind, body and spirit in perfect sync with your own breath. Connect with Darcie on Facebook

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    1. Thank you! It is based off a graphic novel which I have not read and I cannot help to wonder if they were trying to do too much. However, I will warn you that there are eye rolling scenes.

      I did enjoy the plot line and imagery throughout the film. I also love a science fiction movie that leaves you with questions of popcorn for thought as you leave the theatre.

  1. I have ethical issues with Google Glass. I wouldn’t let anyone with a pair of those things in my house, because of the possible privacy ramifications.

    On the flip side, I love how the social sphere allows me to find people I wish to know. Like you, Darcie. I’ve met countless people in person that I found through social media, and some of them are my dearest friends today. I usually click right away with people I ‘met’ online. Those people are just as honest and up front as me.

    I am not a Tom fan, so I didn’t plan to see this movie. He’s a little too earnest for my taste.

    1. The google glasses terrify me on so many levels. I just cannot help but wonder what will be next after that…I secretly hope they will be a huge flop like virtual reality in the 90’s.

      Technology has opened so many doors for me and it has been great to meet so many people like you. Many are an honest breath of fresh air which I love to chat with in the blogging world.

      Earnest is a very kind word. I do enjoy Tom in Top Gun, MI, and Rock of Ages. But he was lacking something in this one.

  2. hmm, eye rolling scenes, eh? figures with Tom C. in the film…anyway, hopefully any advancements made are for the collective good of the community but it seems rather far fetched. i have to agree with Andra…not a Tom fan so i am glad you made the review. now i can really skip seeing the movie. 🙂

    1. Hahaha! Now you can skip the movie. Yes, there were several eye rolling scenes. One of the things that annoyed me is the two female roles both seemed to represent his first wife and second wife. It was odd.

  3. The thing I like about your review is that it has a much larger sense of life than a normal film review. I think Tom Cruise has gone off the boil a little. Possibly he was a little unboiled.

  4. Belle,
    I don’t really think about technology and the future, but when I do think about a better future, I don’t see Tom Cruise in it. Funny how that is, right?
    Le Clown

      1. Hahaha! Oh My Gosh! Did you hear Corgan’s interview on Q several months back? He compared himself to Gandhi and I have no idea how Jian kept a straight face through that interview.

  5. Interesting and informative review. I used to work in biotechnology, so this sort of conundrum got discussed occasionally. I even wrote a performance piece about it, The mouse with the human brain. I tend to fall more on the side of science and technology not being constricted.

      1. I did one live performance, but didn’t video it. I’m thinking of starting a YouTube channel by filming my Does This Happen to You bits. Maybe that way I will get them all together into one longer solo show!

  6. Sounds an interesting film. If only it didn’t have cruise in it. His acting makes me want to eat the chair I sit in!
    There are always more questions to be asked: what don’t we know? Why don’t we know it? We is health the last thing we benefit from? When will money be the last thing considered, etc…

      1. Poor old rich, successful, good-looking Tom. Not jealous at all. Lol
        The idea does sounds an interesting premise for a film.

  7. i know the divine is real, that heaven was under attack, the cause of love was in mortal dangerous, and there were only a few of us..sounds like a sound bite, actually it’s true. but basically put, do you wonder with all the techie stuff and moon landings, space craft in orbit etc etc..same folks can’t or don’t even bother to solve the easiest of problems down here, they plan for disaster, raise your fears, put you on red alert, and all they are achieving is creating fear, the opposite to love and faith. it was as if alien thinking was getting the better of us, and it was, material became controlling, love and the spiritual just a side show. well, i can tell to with clear joy, that the roles have been reversed. tom and his pals would do an awful lot better if they started feeding the poor, rather than dreaming of controlling the earth and all the people down here..amen

    1. I agree what if we took the mass sum of money it took to make that movie and put it toward mobilizing a charity to help others in need. The moment we open our hearts to the world is the moment is gives back to us that much more.

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