Excerpt: Plot-wise, Earth is barren and largely uninhabitable following a nuclear war to repel invading aliens. Cruise plays Tech 49, Jack Harper, whose memory has been wiped and presumably reprogrammed so he can form an “effective team” with his workmate Victoria (who looks and acts like a Dana Scully robot...
Excerpt: I’ve got to hand it to Tom Cruise. The guy has done the unthinkable and made it work for him. A high school dropout, a would be Catholic priest and he’s been arguably the biggest movie star in the world for the past three decades.
Excerpt: An alien race called “Scavengers” (or “Scavs”) has attacked Earth and destroyed its moon. With that, our planet got plagued with all kinds of natural disasters and mankind saw no other option than to use its nuclear arsenal.
Excerpt: Alien invasion causes Earth’s devastating downfall, and Morgan Freeman survives. Clearly, our species is saved. Freeman is a mystery, a cloaked enigma named Beech who resides in deep underground shadows, away from peering eyes.
Conclusion: Oblivion is more complicated than complex. It’s a big budget action flick that wasn’t at all what I expected. Whenever a movie isn’t what I expected I realize that it takes a while for me to appreciate it for what it is.
Excerpt: Warning: This review contains spoilers. Consider yourself warned. As written and directed by Joseph Kosinski (of Tron Legacy fame), Oblivion is a fascinating, frustrating science fiction film – in fact, one of the most fascinating and frustrating in recent memory.
Excerpt: The Film A lot of people hate Tom Cruise with a passion. For some, his couch-jumping antics (which happened eight years ago, by the way) pale in comparison to his Scientology beliefs. Guess what though? The guy sure knows how to make entertaining movies.
Conclusion: For something that didn't really win over moviegoers, critics, or even the studio that released it, Oblivion is surprisingly good science fiction. Well-made and well-told, this consistently engaging futuristic adventure is also well worth your time and should be a priority on your 2013 Movies to See...
Conclusion: Oblivion suffers from too many competing elements, an overcrowded screenplay, and underdeveloped ideas. To swipe a line, "we are not an effective team." And yet the film and its young director have high aspirations, many of which pay off. The production design is outstanding.
Conclusion: 'Oblivion' does indeed borrow a lot of its plot and twists from other sci-fi movies, but its look is wholly original. Kosinski has a keen eye for putting together a visually lush film. Cruise does exactly what he does almost every time he's asked to lead a film; he nails it.