Written July 08, 2015
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!
Written July 28, 2013
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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 December 26, 2014
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 March 31, 2015
I loved it.