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 February 10, 2016
A slow moving piece without a clever ending. You might go if you're a huge fan of Tom Cruise, otherwise I'd recommend skipping. The one thing I liked was some of the sound direction, it has some cool audio effects.
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.