Long-time and iconic American actor Tom Cruise has been in dozens of action movies. Real early on in his career he was a pilot in Top Gun. Later on, he took over the role in spy action franchise Mission Impossible. He’s been in incredible action packed science-fiction roles in films like Minority Report and the highly underrated Edge of Tomorrow. Heck, he even became a Samurai in The Last Samurai.
But right before the Edge of Tomorrow came out, he was also in another underrated science fiction flick titled Oblivion.
Without spoiling the whole plot and premise, Wikipedia starts out the plot by stating that “In 2077, the Earth has been devastated by war with an extraterrestrial invader, the Scavengers (Scavs). Humanity is relocating to Saturn's moon Titan via the Tet, a large, tetrahedral space station. Gigantic offshore fusion energy generators drain the oceans to produce power for the colonists on Titan.”
Cruise plays a character named Jack Harper that is one of the few remaining humans. He’s instructed by mission control to guard these energy generators.
As the film plays a lot, a swirl of interesting and strange things happen. Other than the fantastic, futuristic scenes of a dystopic earth, there’s a lot of action as well.
In one of the more interesting scenes, you see the character Harper… oddly… fighting himself. It becomes a confusing scene and more so becomes a big twist in the plot.
But what’s interesting here is that, Harper ends up applying a triangle on himself. Or rather, the other version of himself in the film. As the two engage in hand-to-hand combat, they both eye a weapon. As both of them run towards it, one of the Harpers goes for a takedown. Although he did have the upper hand for a moment, the Harper that was taken down quickly grabs one of his hands and starts to go for a triangle. It’s locked-in pretty tight. He even has his arm in the case he wants to apply an armbar.
In the end, we all know what happens when a tight triangle is applied.
This is probably one of the rare times we actually see Tom Cruise use BJJ in one of his films. On top of that, it was a pretty great flick.
Clyde Erwin Barretto is an emphatic obsessed fan of mixed martial arts, combat sports and body movement. Follow him on Twitter @ClydeBarretto.