‘Oblivion’ Review

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“”Oblivion” Is A Beautiful Film, Though Muddled Storytelling Almost Scuttle It.”

When critics criticized Joseph Kosinski’s “Oblivion” for the ideas it borrows from other (often better) films, they weren’t kidding.  Some instances fall more in the area of homage than outright theft, though there are moments, particularly the last half hour or so, that are so blatantly lifted from “The Matrix” and “Star Trek: The Motion Picture” that residuals should be paid to Lena and Larry Warschowski and Robert Wise.

In fact, during the sequence in question I – honestly – was waiting for V’Ger to turn up.

I am not kidding.  It’s that blatant.

But most movies borrow ideas and concepts from other films – though they aren’t usually so obvious – so that’s not that unusual.  What is is that this film didn’t go through a few more re-writes because  it could have used it.

There were strategically-placed voiceovers at various parts of the film, which are necessary because otherwise this movie would make no sense at all.

And even with them, I wasn’t quite sure what was going on till the end.  And I don’t mean in a good, “Twilight Zone,” way, I mean in a mediocre kind of way.

Jack (Tom Cruise) is a repairman, who works with Victoria (Andrea Riseborough), repairing the drones that protect the equipment that’s used for water mining, which is done for the purpose of making energy for humanity, who have located to Saturn’s moon, Titan.

The aliens, called ‘Scavengers,’ or ‘Scavs,’ have not been wiped out, and have been sabotaging the water mining equipment.

Or so it seems….

There’s a twist that that comes about midway that makes sense in context, but leading up to it you have no idea what’s happening.

Kosinski’s film is beautiful, with great production design (which makes sense, since he’s working with many of the same people that made “Tron: Legacy” so attractive) though there remains a coldness, a distance to his way of shooting and directing that doesn’t help his cause.

“Oblivion,” though a little long, is well worth catching because it has some genuinely interesting moments, and beautiful production design and special effects, though the lazy storytelling almost ruin it.


One thought on “‘Oblivion’ Review

  1. If there is a soul, it is made from the love we share.

    There are many ways to describe Oblivion, but the softly spoken afterword by Tom Cruise’s character really makes you feel the human heartbeat of this sci-fi epic.

    As always, the trailer is full of explosions and set pieces. Oblivion the movie is an entirely different beast that values a human story and characters that are driven by common purpose. While the cast is tiny, I found much to enjoy from Cruise, Riseborough, Freeman and that Nordic guy from Headhunters who is showing up more frequently in Hollywood blockbusters. Aside from unusually limited screen-time, Morgan and other supporting cast are effective and memorable.

    The threads of the plot are well-woven and I won’t give anything away, so what I will tell you is to prepare for a powerful journey into the unknown where nothing is what it seems. Explosive set pieces take a backseat for sci-fi philosophy with twists to spare.

    Oblivion ticks all the boxes for correct use of literary devices and establishes enough original cannon to stick in your mind long after the credits start rolling. It is a distinct success among the largely abysmal offerings of 2013 so far, don’t miss it.

    More about the movie you can also find it here

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