Written August 30, 2015
I try to like all films or at least focus on what I like but this one made it difficult. The funniest thing I can say is that to watch TC fight TC was a treat... Finally someone up to the awesomeness. All other characters are less than one dimensional and twist are more predictible than a crueller at Starbucks.
Oblivian of redbox is where you will find this fine gem.
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 August 31, 2015
Very slow to begin with, but faster, more intriguing and action-packed eventually.
Slightly confusing, wish I had a book to read to help to clear up the mysteries;
well cast and well acted.