Written April 20, 2013
While the visuals in this highly CGI dependent film were spectacular in many respects, the plot left me longing for something original. The "twists" in the movie were highly predictable homages to much better sci-fi movies gone by (The Matrix, Star Wars and 2001: a Space Odyssey to name a few.) As a previous reviewer put it, "Wall-E had more heart." One of the biggest marvels to me (CGI or not?) was how well preserved Tom Cruise is at 50 despite his less-than-moving turn as yet another "Jack". However, I'd rather see him do a whole movie as Les Grosman from Tropic Thunder than yet another Sci-Fi everyman. But despite its lack of soul, I thought Oblivion was worth watching just for the spectacular visuals and a strong showing by Nikolaj Coster-Waldau for those GoT fans!
Written July 28, 2013
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Written August 04, 2015
'Oblivion' reminds me somehow of 'The Matrix'. Even though they are two different kinds of sci-fi, I see similarities: a world that is not what it seems, a man unaware he is living a lie, a wise old soldier who leads him to the truth (Lawrence Fishburne in 'The Matrix', Morgan Freeman here). And maybe that's the problem with 'Oblivion'; where 'The Matrix' gave us something we haven't seen before, 'Oblivion' is stylish, visually impressive, and second-hand. Yes, Tom Cruise is an O.K. actor, but he is always TOM CRUISE, MOVIE STAR, and you never see the character he portrays. Andrea Riseborough plays his mission-obsessed maybe-wife and is much more convincing, while former Bond girl Olga Kurylenko is literally the woman of his dreams (and mine, too!), whom we don't get to see enough of in movies and who seems strangely passive here.
One too many plot twists and its ponderous length drag this film down to *** 1/2; a shorter, tighter film is needed.
Written October 01, 2014
Still wondering how the idyllic lakeside trees and birds, a garden of Eden I suppose, came to survive on the post-apocalyptic planet. Plot is tricky and it felt sloppy. What ever happened to Harper's partner/ copilot? She was endlessly cloned too and presumably could have turned up, but she was dropped, as were several other threads--or so it seemed, dropped or never explained. Love Morgan Freeman even when he phones it in. Cruise is always good. Really liked the drones (we are TEK by the way in real life--we're the ones with all the drones).
Written February 01, 2015
This movie showcases Tom Cruise's acting prowess. As with his other movies, he makes you believe that his character is real. I didn't really know what to expect from the trailer I watched but was pleasantly surprised with how large the scope of this movie is. The story is much larger and more elaborate than the trailer would lead you to believe. It almost has an "epic" feel to it. It is extremely pleasing on the visual side and also the soundtrack is very powerful and compelling. Watch this movie with confidence that your time and money will not be wasted.