Written September 27, 2016
Tom Cruise is back as another "Jack" (Jack Harper, Jack Reacher, Jack from Legend, Stacie Jaxx). OK, that last one was a stretch.
Oblivion is a visually stunning, IMAX worthy movie. The special effects are flawless. Everything that this movie puts before your eyes is 100% believable.
The overall acting is above average and Tom Cruise delivers a hero role we're familiar with, but can't find fault with.
The story is well paced and the plot is good, but not great. There are quite a few questions (I won't call them plot holes) that could easily be answered if the writers chose to. Oblivion seems as if it was adapted from a book that it tried to remain mostly faithful to, but took some liberties with for the big screen. There is no book, and that's a bummer because it would be a good read.
A movie that makes you want to read a book? That's a good thing.
There are no scenes during or after the credits.
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Written January 17, 2017
The movie looks good, the actors make the characters as real as the script allows, the pacing and directing are all very strong and the action, what there is of it, is first rate. From a technical stand point, the movie is good.
The problem is, not matter how well you plate a bland dish, it's still a bland dish. This is a movie of twists and turns that will surprise no one who knows science fiction at all and while Cruise, Freedman, and others do all they can to humanize their characters...the characters are just shallow.
I would have loved to seen this movie with a real script and a real story. Or an empty headed action thriller with a lot more action. Either would be a must go. But this not quite active enough not really a decent story mish mash? So-so.
Written June 25, 2017
My same thought MedRed, Jacks abound. That perhaps becomes a meaningful typecast character on a First Name basis.LOL.
AI Machine vs humanity theme does not seem to wear out here. As Sally resurfaced as a theme elsewhere in movie land I was pleasantly entertained visually being carried along without bias. No time to be bummed out by that thought.
The Human psyche prevails, survival against a common enemy refuses to be stamped out by forces of evil intent. The emotions of love that Viictoria and Julia shown cannot be replicated by Machines or AI. We are Human and Complex and yet we have ideologies and varying differences that we fight amongst ourselves with tunnel vision. Not stopping to smell the flowers. Wow! Great to Escape from reality.
I Liked sci-fi given what it takes to collaborate in making a movie. I went with an open mind. This is not a book so there dropouts in any storyline. You fill in between the lines. Kinda of like lyrics in a song Artistic License. Have Fun.
Written December 06, 2016
I've always been a Tom Cruise fan even through his public displays that labeled him a crazy person. I believe that I played the main character perfectly and I couldn't imagine anyone else in the role. The high tech home, flight craft, and the rest of the visuals were stunning. All that being said, when the movie was over, I said "huh?". The plot didn't make much sense to me and I consider myself to be a fairly intelligent movie goer. Still though, the story is enough to keep you interested and the visuals are astounding.
Written September 30, 2016
I was pleasantly surprised at how much I enjoyed this movie. As for IMAX, I just don't think there is that much difference and it definitely isn't worth the extra money.