Review: Oblivion

Review 2013 by RD Clark



Written by: Joseph Kosinski, Karl Gajdusek, Michael Arndt

Directed by: Joseph Kosinski

Starring: Tom Cruise, Andrea Riseborough, Olga Kurylenko, Morgan Freeman

Rated PG-13
Running time: 125 mins

In a post-apocalyptic world, a mechanic flies around the desolation and repairs drones whose main function appears to be shot down so he has something to do. He and his partner live in a tall glass and porcelain tower, when he’s not flying around in his glass and porcelain ship, getting shot at for no discernible reason. Then the “Big Secret” is revealed…or not. Hard to tell what is going on sometimes here.

This movie LOOKS good, although its effects are mostly minimal. There is little excitement or drama or comedy. When a film starts with five minutes or so of monological exposition, I get wary. When I see all this marvelous technology designed to move him around, but see him lower himself into a hole in the ground with a rope that immediately breaks, I facepalm. When I start seeing other (and better) movies that this one is aping, I get annoyed. And when I see an ending that negates any of the drama and loss that might have been built up earlier, I just sigh and move on, while wishing I had spent time and money on something else.

In case I was too subtle, I recommend you skip this one. There is nothing new, nothing special. Even Tom Cruise couldn’t help.

Flytrap rating: 3 /10

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