Movie Title: Oblivion
Director: Joseph Kosinski
Date Released: April 19th, 2013
Date Seen: April 19th, 2013
Part 1 – Spoiler Free Quickie Review
This movie was better than I thought it would be – but still, not great. It’s visually very interesting to look at. My favorite part of the movie was watching us fly over familiar landscapes (the main one being the Empire State Building) and seeing how it has decayed, been destroyed, etc. Other than that though – meh. The plot is super predictable (one of the trailer tells you almost everything that is going on) – with only one “surprise”. I say “surprise” because once you start watching the movie, it’s fairly obvious, but it was kept from the trailers. But anyway, it’s not a “surprise” that I’m a fan of. At all. After the “surprise” happened, I found my mind wandering and wanting the movie to be over. I just didn’t care any more and thought that it was a cop out to a better, well thought out plot. The plot does also seem to drag on and on and on – so it pulls you even farther out of the movie.
The acting was what you’d expect from this type of movie. Lots of stares at each other, gazing into eyes, Tom Cruise making intense faces, which always looks to be slightly painful on his part. Tom Cruise’s character, Jack, has the most inconsistent aim with his gun EVER. He goes from being able to hit a TINY spot on a drone, while in a falling spaceship, with a revolver, to NOT being able to hit ANYWHERE on any of THREE drones, with a machine gun, in closed quarters. Idiot. I found the character of Victoria (Andrea Riseborough) to be hella annoying, but it wasn’t really on the part of the actress.
The movie leaves a LOT of unanswered questions. A LOT. That was another huge problem I had with the movie. So don’t go into the movie expecting to find out all that is going on – it won’t happen. The ending is also wrapped up WAY too nicely, and it is way too cheesy for my tastes. If I wanted a romance movie, I would have gone and seen one, ok? Ok.
All in all, it’s not a horrible movie – but I don’t think you should waste your time to see it in the theaters unless you really really want to. Save it for when it’s on netflix or at redbox and then you’ll be good.
Part 2 – In Depth Spoiler Ridden Review
Wondering what the “surprise” is? It’s clones. The surprise is clones. Yeah. They tell Jack and Victoria that there are “radiation” zones on the planet that you can’t enter. Really, they’re just where another team of their clones are doing (and thinking) the exact same thing as this Jack and Victoria. We also find out later that Jack was, about 60 years ago, turned into an army. A clone army you say?! YES! They even wear white suits! If only they had a cool helmet, and we actually got to see that part, I might have liked it more….. So yes, an army of Jack-clones annihilated the planet – as instructed by some strange alien robot shaped like a triangle. We never really learn about the triangle – called the Titan, I believe. Just that it “does this” to planets to steal their energy. Is it owned by an alien race? We don’t know. What does it use the energy for? We don’t know. Stupid.
Another question that is unanswered is why the hell Julia’s sleeping-pod thing doesn’t have her last name on it? It seems like they had been married a while, and living in the US – and she even later introduces herself with Jack’s last name, so why doesn’t her sleeper pod have his last name? Also with Julia – Jack obviously told the survivors that he was going to take Beech (Morgan Freeman) and leave Julia at the cabin. Otherwise, how the hell would they know to look for her – and so why when he told them, didn’t he mention “oh yeah, the cabin’s in sector XX, just an fyi. Go check on her every once in a while, k thx bye”.
One scene, with Jack and Julia in the ship reminded me SO much of the Pod Racing scene in Star Wars Episode 1. A little too much. I even was getting a little sea sick with all the twisting and turning they did.
It’s nice to look at and interesting visually, but the plot falls way short of good by taking the easy way out and not answering the only question you really want to know the answer.