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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- Oblivion review by CP Customer
We didn't last the first hour of this film - we kept hoping one of the creatures lurking in the caves would kill Tom Cruise horribly and do us all a favour. What on earth you need three inch heels and false eye lashes for when manning a space station is the big question. Women have rarely been portrayed in quite such a facile way in film since the 1950s.
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