Written April 22, 2013
This film is basically a beautiful, empty, epic, substance-less film that takes scores of blatantly borrowed elements of other monumental sci-fi films (Matrix, Moon, 2001: A Space Odyssey, Firefly, etc) and stitches them fairly seamlessly but still shamelessly into a sweeping narrative following Jack Harper, a drone repair man working on an abandoned Earth. By incorporating the elements of so many different films, the film hardly gives each the time it takes to address the human implications of each. The characters are fairly flat. While luckily most of the seeming coincidences turn out to be motivated by narrative circumstances, there is a lot of stuff that's clearly produced with the sole intention of wowing the audience, like the visually stunning monolithic landmarks decaying in sediments of a nuclear wasteland, but even this becomes so ubiquitous in the film it loses its wow-factor early on. In other words, Oblivion is so full of nerdgasms that its story gets lost in the noise.
Written December 22, 2014
How can you not see the latest Cruise action/mystery movie!!? What? Are you letting the critics stop you?! If you listen to the critics, you'll miss out on your own view of things.
The story-line presents a unique twist on identities even up to the ending, which can be a bit tricky to follow as the evil and mysterious plot gets unraveled. It took me awhile after the movie to finally see the brilliance of it. Very interesting!
So, go and see the magic of an awesome movie - fantastic cinematography and special effects, great character portrayals and acting, valuable message in the story. And know that, when Cruise is at the helm, life is sweeter for it!
Written July 28, 2013
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Written September 30, 2014
This movie kept me engaged throughout and the imagery is great. Cruise did a decent job with the role as did the rest of the cast. But when all is said and done I am once again disappointed that the hype didn't match the product. I left the theater confused and I don't like for movies to confuse me. Who, what, and why? Are not questions to have once the credits roll in my opinion I say GO, so you can judge for yourself.
Written October 04, 2014
There's only one way to put this. "Oblivion" is terrible! The storyline is a mess. My two friends & I couldn't figure out what was going on. The screenplay is shameful. The direction's not good. Tom Cruise is 50 years old now. He should start acting his age. I've always enjoyed his action thrillers, but if he can't do any better than this, he should leave this genre behind, for the good of his career!! He can't keep doing this forever, and "Oblivion" is a good example of why not. Although, to be fair, I don't think Chris Evans and Chris Hemsworth together could have saved this movie.
Morgan Freeman must have needed a paycheck really badly!
Avoid this movie at all costs!