Movie Guyd: “Oblivion” or Oblivious?

Jay Catterson
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Jay Catterson

April 22, 2013
4:55 p.m.

OMG! Tom Cruise saves the world! Again! In Oblivion, the latest sci-fi romp from director Joseph Kosinski (Tron: Legacy),  Cruise plays military repairman Jack Harper, who is stationed on a post-apocalyptic, abandoned Earth in the year 2077. With the help of his loving partner Victoria (Andrea Riseborough), Jack is tasked with protecting the security of machines extracting the last remnants of energy from the world’s oceans to power human settlements on distant moons. With just two weeks to go until he rejoins his fellow humans in outer space, the unexpected arrival of an astronaut from the past named Julia (Olga Kurylenko, Quantum of Solace) throws Jack’s understanding of everything he believed to be true into disarray. Does Oblivion deserve your dollars or should you explore other movie options? Read on!

The Good: The visual aesthetic of the film is gorgeous. It’s beautifully shot, and the special effects are eye-poppingly realistic. Plus this movie has a stellar cast boasting big name actors such as Morgan Freeman as human resistance leader Beech and Melissa Leo as the omnipresent Sally. And I hate to admit it, but Cruise does give a solid performance here.

The Gay: Whoa. Lots of shirtless Cruise. From shower scenes to swimming in a pool, you get to see his bulging biceps and glistening chesticles all up close and personal. And hunky Danish actor Nikolaj Coster-Waldau (Game of Thrones) slays us with his ruggedly dreamy looks and chiseled features as Sykes.

Plus the interior design of Jack and Victoria’s pad was like Phillipe Starck meets The Jetsons. Sleek, futuristic living at its finest. This is the dream home of the future that I’d want! Trés chic!

Also Riseborough and Kurylenko were so glam! Werk it, girls!

The Bad: As good looking as this film was, what was up with the plot?! Holy Xenu, that was lame! Even when the big plot twist is revealed, the film just falls flat; it kind of reminded me of the Mariah Carey “Heartbreaker” video, but with Cruise instead of Mimi. (Trust me, if you see this film, you’ll know what I mean.) This screenplay aspires to be a sci-fi masterpiece, but it’s undeniable that it was written on toilet paper.

The Fugly:  As gorgeous as it looks, why does this film seem like an inferior version of every other sci-fi film that came before it? Star Wars, The Matrix, Vanilla Sky, 2001: A Space Odyssey, Planet of the Apes, Alien, Wall-E… you name it! They’re all lovingly ripped off, mashed up and repackaged as Oblivion. Kosinski, just because it looks like it, doesn’t mean it’s gonna be as good as the real thing, honey. Just sayin’.

Oblivion or Oblivious? Well for the visuals alone, this movie is great to see on the big screen. I’m surprised it wasn’t filmed in 3D; it would’ve been cool to have seen some of those flying scenes and cool visual effects given the 3D treatment. But if you’re not a die-hard Cruise fan, I can’t really recommend going out of your way to see it. Even with all the explosion-laden battle scenes and stunning visual effects, the movie just left me feeling bored, deflated and a tad confused. Not because the plot was confusing, but because the point that this film was trying to make was completely lost in the end. It’s a pretty movie that’s one big imploding supernova of WTF. Let Oblivion just drift off into infinity and beyond and forget seeing this sci-fi snoozefest.

The Grade: C+



Anonymous User
dick_dodger (Guest)
1 year, 4 months ago

Saw this on the weekend too and you are bang on with this review Jay!