Written October 22, 2016
We liked the movie. The story was good and it was very creative.
It was good in XD. Good effects.
And there was no swearing. Very refreshing for a change.
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 October 23, 2016
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 28, 2017
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.