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“Oblivion” – Review (SO-SO POSITIVE)

April 25, 2013

Screen shot 2013-04-25 at 8.00.33 PMI really didn’t have much anticipation for this movie for the month of April (that wen’t to “Evil Dead”), what hooked me to a certain extent is it’s Tom Cruise returning to hard sci-fi and director Joseph Kosinski with his sophomore epic. In the end, it’s an ok movie, it’s not terrible by any drastic meaning of the word, but it’s far from being superior to films like “Moon” or “Minority Report”.

60 years before the movie current time setting, Earth was destroyed, no body remains, life barely sustains.  The surface has been devastated after decades of war with an alien race known as Scavs. One of the few remaining drone repairmen assigned to Earth, Jack (Cruise), discovers a crashed spacecraft with contents that bring into question everything he believed about the war, and may even put the fate of mankind in his hands.

I’ll start by giving the movie some credit; it has astounding visuals, boy oh boy are the visuals astounding, if you’re going to see this movie, see it in IMAX. Second, Tom Cruise is in top form here, it’s nothing by any means iconic, but he does this role exceptionally well, with what is given to him, he works with it quite well. Lastly, I liked the concept of the film…

…until the third act arrives. The movie all around falls apart by the BIG reveal and it bothers me for a lot of reasons, but the biggest one is it reminds me too much of a certain Duncan Jones film. The movie has one thing over that film, it was based on a graphic novel, written by the director in the mid 2000s. Thing is this, Duncan’ film did it better.

With the exception of Cruise, the performances from the principal cast is extremely underwhelming, especially Morgan Freeman’s character. If you’re going to have Morgan Freeman co-star in a sci-fi epic, don’t NOT barely use him! That just seems like a waste. Andrea Riseborough was a bland side kick to Cruises Jack, and past Bond girl, Olga Kurylenko, has nothing to offer here.

Like I said, the movie isn’t terrible, nor is it messy, but by the tail end of the film the movie is just simply underwhelming. Even the final moments of the lead characters glory felt sort of, meh. I liked the first hour and ten minutes to put it best, but besides that, it’s passable at best, but nothing really to brag about (except for the VFX).

GRADE: B-

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2 Comments leave one →
  1. April 26, 2013 10:14 am

    Nice review. The movie does suffer from a script that doesn’t clearly explain certain things and the storytelling does come off as lazy in parts. Could have been better, had it just decided to take the high road and be a bit more original with itself.

    • April 26, 2013 11:01 am

      Sad thing is, the graphic novel is a good read. And the creator is directing the movie, so you would think it would work out 110% instead….57%

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