Thursday, November 7, 2013

Oblivion (2013)

Director: Joseph Kosinski

Writers: Joseph Kosinski, Karl Gajdusek, Michael Arndt

Composers: M83, Anthony Gonzalez, Joseph Trapanese

Starring: Tom Cruise, Morgan Freeman, Olga Kurylenko, Andrea Riseborough, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Melissa Leo, Zoe Bell, Abigail Lowe, Isabelle Lowe, David madison

More info: IMDb

Tagline: Earth is a memory worth fighting for.

Plot: Jack Harper is one of the last few drone repairmen stationed on Earth. Part of a massive operation to extract vital resources after decades of war with a terrifying threat known as the Scavs, Jack's mission is nearly complete. Living in and patrolling the skies from thousands of feet above, his existence is brought crashing down when he rescues a stranger from a downed spacecraft. Her arrival triggers a chain of events that forces him to question everything he knows and puts the fate of humanity in his hands.

My rating: 7/10

Will I watch it again? Maybe.

Geez, I'm behind.  I saw this six months ago in the theater. I'm glad I saw it in the theater.  I dig sci-fi flicks like this on the big screen.  Beautiful sci-fi porn sixty feet high.  It's a great looking picture.  There's no escaping that.  Tom Cruise isn't annoying.  Another plus.  There's an interesting central sci-fi idea which I won't spoil.  Great.  But in the end it's just a neat futuristic flick with an cool premise.  The problem, if you can call it that, is that OBLIVION feels like it took some major themes from other, and often better, science fiction films and put them in a blender to form this one.  I'm not going to cry fowl about it.  Tarantino does it all the time and his movies are fun as hell to watch.  I'm OK with it but there was no escaping "I've seen that done before" every once in a while.  Ultimately it boils down to 'did I enjoy it' and the answer is, 'Yes'.  Will I watch it again and does it have any repeat watching value?  That, I'm not sure of. 

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