Written May 17, 2013
As in "Tron: Legacy," constant Kubrick references force unkind comparisons. From HAL-eyed drones to a cartoonishly Southern-accented mission controller to a ship named Odyssey to one habitat's color scheme perfectly matching the "2001" moon shuttle interior, it's all kind of sad. It becomes a laugher as Cruise is revealed as a thousand Star Child clones! Which maybe reflects both Cruise's stated awe of "2001" and his Scientological vision of himself as a reincarnated perfect being. Mimicking Kubrick's real candlelit scenes to claim some perfectionist cred while allowing dark action scenes to retain poor quality contrast and blur is phony, non-adult behavior, but Kosinki's movies are for kids. Kubrick wannabes need to start where he did, not dolly shots or prod. design but with tough CONTENT. See "Moon" instead. Incredibly similar isolated clone worker story, except they mine helium-3 instead of salt water. Salt water for energy? "Moon" has valid Kubrickisms w/out the bloat.
Written May 01, 2016
I loved it.
Written July 26, 2016
I like science fiction and this was a real treat. I got the story. The writer had some imagination. The movie had action so you couldn't get bored. I enjoyed it.
Written May 27, 2016
Throughout this movie, I was constantly reminded of movies like The Matrix, Planet of the Apes, Moon, 2001 and a little bit of Minority Report (a Cruise movie). Some would say that this is being derivative; others would say that's it's just ripping them off. It looks good and Cruise does a good job with what he has to work with, but I was actually bored through much of it and none of the twists/suprises were really suprising, just confusing. I was hoping for a lot more.
I was also disappointed in the Morgan Freeman character (can't remember his name); after a great introduction, he just just kind of fades away and has no real purpose in the movie until the end. His character could've been played by anybody, so all of the passion, fire and talent that Freeman has is wasted.
Overall, I'd give it a "C". Not really worth going to the theatre to see; wait for the DVD to rent.
Written December 09, 2016
This film caught me off guard, I was not expecting much from it, but I must say that it was easily one of the best sci-fi films in a while. I enjoyed Tom Cruise's performance in the film which means a lot coming from me. The supporting acting I felt was well thought out and not over exerting. Morgan Freeman is an amazing actor but he did not over power the leads which is commendable. My hat is off to the director which did an amazing job with this film. The use of cinematography was clear and did not make the mistake of being jerky which a lot of films today use to enhance the action scenes that lack interesting action. The story was amazingly thought out even though the idea was not original. While watching it reminded me of the movie "Moon" but I did not once feel bored or that it did not make the story its own. As for the audience that can attend this movie it is pretty wide open. As far as the audience as long as you remember this is an action film anyone can attend this film.