The basic premise is that Tom Cruise is a maintenance man on a post apocalyptic, effectively abandoned, Earth. We were attacked by aliens. We won the war, but the Earth was made uninhabitable in the process. Cruise maintains the surveillance drones that keeps track of what's going on. His vehicle is slick and cool. He lives in the clouds. Pretty, but the trailers left me a little, Meh.
However, I've been suffering through movie theater withdrawal, so I decided to give it a try.
It prompts some interesting questions. Here's one that won't give up too much away. We've considered what would happen if an asteroid hit the earth in movies like Armageddon and even the asteroid that passed by and meteorite that hit the Earth recently. But what if a large meteor hit and altered the orbit of the moon around the Earth? How would it affect life on Earth? There are several others that also captured my attention.
What I can tell you is that I had a good time. I was invested in the characters enough to be a bit teary eyed at the end. I left it intrigued about our expectations with extra-terrestrial life forms, about how we know what we know, about trust, loyalty, and skepticism. A movie that can make me think without making me feel like I've been preached to is one that I think is worth seeing.
I would give this 3-1/2 stars out of 5. Life altering perfection? No, but, like I said, a solid effort.