Written May 02, 2016
This is one to see on the big screen. You have allusions to "2001," you have thoughtful, quiet scenes reminiscent of "Blade Runner" and you have some good old fashioned action that even rivals some of the recent stuff. All in all I say if you want a movie that is more than just fun, not to take anything away from the comicbook movies, then you "Must Go!"
Written January 16, 2017
Tom Cruise in his fading glory years; actually already a clear stretch from the Tom we all remember, cool gadgets, pretty girls, and a sense of Science Fiction. Unfortunately, that is all the movie delivered on, a sense of Science Fiction. Tom's "action" acting, Morgan Freeman's presence and voice, the photography were the highlights of an otherwise long, wandering story that never really told the story. There was a vagary of nearly six billion people killed by starvation, cataclysmic earth change, and what; "thousands of Tom's hunting people down"? While the house in the sky thing, with the beautiful "are you and effective team" suggestions running amuck, was very cool, the movie never addressed why a machine "tet" presence would need humans at all, let alone to be onsite eyes and ears and repairmen on earth. The move failed to deliver on the commercials; the thing we all hate to trade exactly 36 minutes of Cinemark time watching previews and commercials for.
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 July 28, 2013
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Written April 25, 2017
If you are a scifi fan, you'll love this movie. Gorgeous, slick and fast paced after the opening exposition which I didn't mind anyway. I'm tired of critics badmouthing scifi. If you want Shakespeare go see Shakespeare and leave our genre to us who love it.