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 July 24, 2014
I loved it.
Written October 28, 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 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).