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Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Movie Review: Oblivion

No Spoilers

If you are inclined to watch Oblivion, it's better if you do so without knowing what's coming next. That's part of the charm of most good SciFi films. I went to this movie with an open mind and was pleasantly surprised. 

In 2017 (not all that long from now) an alien race attacks Earth and all but wipes it out. During the course of the war, the Moon is shattered, resulting in tectonic upheaval and ecological disasters. The Earth employed a lot of nuclear weapons to fight off the alien invaders.

In 2077, Technician #49 ("Tech 49") Jack Harper (Tom Cruise) is now one of the last few humans stationed on the planet; the other survivors have migrated to a massive tetrahedral space station now in orbit around the Earth. Other survivors have established a colony on Titan (a moon of Saturn). Jack lives in a space age penthouse towering thousands of feet above the Earth where he and his communications officer and lover Victoria (Andrea Riseborough) are part of an operation to extract the planet's remaining resources for the Titan colony's use, especially water. 

Jack has recurring dreams that are disquieting and suggest that things may not be quite as they appear at first glance.
Jack and Victoria underwent a "security wipe" five years prior, which erased their memories and prevents them from giving up information under interrogation. Jack's primary job is the maintenance and support of 'drones', autonomous airborne machines that patrol the landscape to hunt the remaining alien resistance and protect the resource extraction machines. They maintain contact with civilization via a video link with their commander on the space station, and have two weeks left on their tour of duty, after which they will be allowed to join the rest of humanity. (h/t Wikipedia)
Things get really interesting when Jack meets Julia Rusakova (Olga Kurylenko) and the plot thickens further when he runs into Malcolm Beech (Morgan Freeman).

If you are not a SciFi fan, the movie may not blow your skirt up, but I enjoy a good SciFi yarn and I enjoyed this movie.



Recommendation: GO AND SEE IT.

21 comments:

  1. We caught this one last weekend and really enjoyed it. I tend to enjoy Tom Cruise movies though. I thought it was interesting that he ran a rifle left handed in the movie, but shot pistol right handed. I don't imagine anyone else in the theater noticed that:)

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    1. He may be left-eye dominant and right handed. I know that he shoots recreationally so it's likely that there is a reason. I didn't notice the discrepancy. However, if Olga was on the screen, I tended to focus there.

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    1. Some reviewers didn't like it because there was a lot of computer generated imagery. The CGI can get in the way of a film or enhance it. In this case, it added to the viewing experience.

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    1. You're a nut. I hope that you like the film.

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  4. Why bother to watch a movie that has neither the Three Stooges or John Wayne in it?

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  5. I enjoyed the movie; there are just those glaring flaws that don't make me feel like I need to see it again. Good review.

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    1. I don't think that I need to see it twice. The plot twists were interesting and added to the experience. If I saw it again, it wouldn't be as fun.

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  6. I saw it too. I don't go to the movies often, unfortunately, but I wanted to start taking one of the Little Bannon's before he leaves for good. We were going to see something else, but the previews made me think. I thought it was great. A little Galt's Gulch action too...

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    1. With almost no exceptions, I go to watch films for entertainment value, and that's what this movie did.

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    2. I liked the Galt's Gulch aspect to the movie too.

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  7. I would, but it's got Cruise in it, and I refuse to give him .01...

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    1. If I examined the politics of the actors on every single show that I watch or every song that I listen to, I wouldn't do much of either. The story hangs together and Cruise, who is often a bit of a cardboard cut-out, does OK.

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  8. I must have gotten a touch too much sun today, for I agree with Old NFO. I really don't care for Cruise at all.

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    1. Old NFO and I usually agree, but sometimes and in this case, we don't.

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  9. Thanks for the review. I plan to see it this weekend if I can find the time.

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