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About the Movie
This groundbreaking cinematic event stars Tom Cruise as Jack Harper, the lone security repairman stationed on a desolate, nearly-ruined future Earth. When he rescues a beautiful stranger from a downed spacecraft, her arrival triggers a nonstop chain of events that forces him to question everything he knows, and leaves humanity’s fate in his hands. Academy Award®-winner Morgan Freeman joins Cruise in this “visually stunning” (Pete Hammond, Movieline), explosive story from the director of TRON: Legacy and the producer of Rise of the Planet of the Apes.
Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews
- Reviews Counted: 234
- Fresh: 123
- Rotten: 111
- Average Rating: 5.9/10
Top Critics' Reviews
Rotten: The agony of being a longtime Tom Cruise fan has always been a burden, but now it's just, well, dispiriting.
Rotten: In space, Jack hopes, someone may hear you dream. But in a movie theater, no one will see you yawn.
Fresh: Director Joseph Kosinski focuses on cool visuals but stints on a compelling plot. It's a dazzler, but the story lacks the impact of the futuristic look.
Fresh: More adventurous than your typical Hollywood tent pole, "Oblivion" makes you remember why science fiction movies pulled you in way back when and didn't let you go.
I don't understand people's gripes with this movie, but I personally thought Oblivion was a great movie. The ending was phenomenal. Definitely at least rent this movie, but for me it's a release day buy.
I saw the movie twice in theatres and in IMAX on both occasions. Each time I enjoyed myself thoroughly, unlike previous attempts to see the same movie twice (Dark Knight Rises in particular). It takes a certain grasp of vast plots and subtle details to truly appreciate this motion picture, a skill easily available if one reads quite often. Being a movie connoisseur, I did not find the plot reminiscent of other sci-fi movies of the previous decades. Regardless, this movie should be taken for what it is and not be used as a comparrsion tool to highlite certain plot, special effects, and/or character behaviors within a genre.
Now, onto the movie itself. The special effects are nothing short of amazing and the acting of tom cruise and the rest of the cast is very good. The plot is complicated however, and has the potential to leave the average movie goer going, "what the hell just happened?" While some find this a week point, I consider it Oblivion's greatest strength. I for one am tired of movies explaining everything to me in black and white events that could have been discerned on my own. Furthermore, there are absolutely NO plot holes in this film, despite popular belief. Every detail is there and portrayed with enough substance to more than adequately tie together the entire plot of the film, from beginning to end. Overall, you either love it or you don't it seems. My sister hates it and my best friend shares my opinions on the film. It is a matter of what type of person you are going to see this movie. And as stated by previous reviewers, it is at the very least worth checking out.
A VISUALLY ARRESTING BUT THINLY SCRIPTED SCI-FI FILM
With elements lifted from virtually every big sci-fi classic in cinematic history, "Oblivion" is a post-apocalyptic adventure that often feels eerily similar to past films in the genre but features just enough plot twists and emotional resonance to make it nicely enjoyable. Director Joseph Kosinski ("Tron: Legacy") also makes sure that the imagery is incredible, providing a bunch of cool-looking sets and gadgets, as well as an entertaining use of New York and Washington D.C. landmarks. In addition, the film gives Tom Cruise a slightly more internalized and sympathetic character than he usually gets to play in big blockbusters. He's Jack Harper, a repairman 60 years after aliens blasted the moon to bits, causing earthquakes and tidal waves that damaged the planet forever. It's now 2077 and the rest of humanity is being evacuated to Saturn's moon, Titan, while mop-up teams are sent to help protect giant resource-gathering machines from alien scavengers. Jack works Sector 49 with his partner Victoria (Andrea Riseborough), but is unable to think straight due to all the constant, vivid dreams he has of a life on pre-war Earth with a mysterious woman (Olga Kurylenko). When she suddenly turns up in an ancient spacecraft, and Jack eventually discovers a hidden group of human survivors led by Beech (Morgan Freeman), his whole world is turned upside down, forcing him to question everything he thought he knew. And so do we, since we really begin to doubt this entire set-up from the moment Jack gives his opening narration. Mission commander Sally (Melissa Leo) looks very shifty, and there's something vaguely fishy about all of the sleek glass, steel, and plastic technology. As Jack's gleaming leather outfit becomes increasingly murky, so does his simplistic view of his own life. And Cruise holds this movie together solidly with an introspective turn as a man whose secret past is just mysterious enough to engage our interest. Jack may not be one of the actor's most memorable characters, but at least he's still a likable, sympathetic protagonist to watch from beginning to end. Riseborough and Kurlyenko, meanwhile, get much juicier roles, providing some strongly emotional layers to the story, while Freeman and Leo add a bit of class to their supporting performances. As things develop, Kosinski slowly trickles out big revelations that continually shift the plot into brand new directions. We can tell that this is the kind of film that'll have more than one reality-bending twist in it, but we can't easily predict what they might be, so watching the movie is almost like experiencing the events through Jack's foggy memories. This creates a particularly strong sense of déjà vu as we see numerous elements borrowed from films like "Solaris," "2001: A Space Odyssey," "Logan's Run," "Independence Day," and surprisingly a lot of "WALL-E." But as mentioned before, Kosinski always makes sure that everything looks fantastic with cinematography that visually enhances each scene, along with expert camerawork, set design, and special effects. So even if it's not as deep as it tries to be, it's still thoroughly entertaining all the way through. My biggest problems with the movie are the noticeable lack of character development and inconsistent pacing, which end up dragging it somewhat down in the long run, but at least those issues don't distract too much from the overall experience. Yes, there are better futuristic sci-fi adventures than "Oblivion," but that doesn't mean it isn't worth your time. Cruise gives a truly terrific lead performance that keeps us glued to the screen, and the rest of the cast manages to be just as strong, if not stronger at times. Additionally, the action scenes work on a striking visceral level, the electronic score by M83 is fun and unique, and the story, despite its shortcomings, always leaves us guessing. It has so many intriguing things going for it that it simply wouldn't be fair for me to give the whole thing a bad rating. Where "Oblivion" lacks in originality, it more than makes up for in solid big-budget entertainment, and that's why it's at least worth checking out.
- Genre: Action & Adventure
- Released: 2013
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