It's a post apocalyptic earth after an alien invasion. Only Tom Cruise can save the world (again).
- Oblivion review by RP
It's a post apocalyptic earth after an alien invasion. Only Tom Cruise can save the world (again). Err, that's it.
I've recently seen Tom Cruise in 'Edge of Tomorrow' and now here I am watching him in another sci-fi film and (of course) Mr Cruise yet again takes it on his shoulders to Save The World.
The film is - as perhaps we should expect these days - visually spectacular, but humans are a bit thin on the ground and the film is essentially a two-hander with Tom Cruise doing the action things and a well-groomed, very English Andrea Riseborough staying home in her tower and telling him what to do.
That is until the sleep/crew module from an old spaceship crashes, Tom rescues one survivor and begins to doubt who and what he is. There's also a bit part for a criminally underused Morgan Freeman.
Tom Cruise isn't one of my favourite actors. The roles he chooses are often too goody-goody, too good looking, too straight - and in this film, even in the supposedly romantic moments, too wooden.
The film is very derivative and reminded me very much of 'Moon'. The 'twist', such as it is, is obvious and easily guessed. The film is derived from a graphic novel (a posh name for a comic book) by director Joseph Kosinski. It's 2 hours long, slow to get going, it's quite pretty to look at - but it's stodgy stuff.
After seeing Mr Cruise in 'Edge of Tomorrow' which has more action, more aliens - indeed more people - and which I quite enjoyed, I found this very average indeed. On that basis I might have given it 3 stars, but unfortunately the 'twist' is so obvious that I'm going to mark it down to 2/5 stars.
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Keep watching - it gets better
- Oblivion review by AB
As said, Tom Cruise seems to do the sci-fi stuff more and more these days and this was better than most films that he is in (cf the rubbish that is Mission Impossible in all its guises)
The storyline was not bad and had me guessing a bit for a long time.
I basically liked the story and the soundtrack for the end-credits and main theme is fantastic
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Robocop vs Mad Max & Independence Day all rolled into one!
- Oblivion review by CS
Without wanting to be a spoiler, just in case you watch the film, this is a blatant mix of Mad Max vs Independence Day with lashings of Star Wars thrown in for good measure. Oh and a spot of Robocop style Droids! The storyline and plot are paper thin and weak as a babies bladder! The acting is average, with Cruise and Freeman doing what they always do, as if they're just doing it for the money and have a paycheck glean in their eyes. The trouble with this film is that it has been done so many times before, that there's nothing to lift it up. There is no soul, no emotion, it just leaves you feeling empty, thinking that I'm glad I didn't pay good money to see this at the cinema! The one saving grace for the film are the computer generated graphics. there is some very slick styling going on in the designs of clothing, gadgets and the house, but you need more than slick graphics to make a film. A plot helps for a start, then some acting and a storyline would help also. Nope, one for the bargain bin methinks!!
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