Written September 28, 2016
There's only one way to put this. "Oblivion" is terrible! The storyline is a mess. My two friends & I couldn't figure out what was going on. The screenplay is shameful. The direction's not good. Tom Cruise is 50 years old now. He should start acting his age. I've always enjoyed his action thrillers, but if he can't do any better than this, he should leave this genre behind, for the good of his career!! He can't keep doing this forever, and "Oblivion" is a good example of why not. Although, to be fair, I don't think Chris Evans and Chris Hemsworth together could have saved this movie.
Morgan Freeman must have needed a paycheck really badly!
Avoid this movie at all costs!
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 February 26, 2017
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.