Oblivion is a love letter to Science Fiction–

A man, wearing a white jacket with a gun on his back, walks through a destroyed bridge. The tagline "Earth is a memory worth fighting for" appears on the top while Tom Cruise's name, the title of the film, the rating and the rest of the credits appears on the bottom.

Oblivion is a beautifully filmed homage to all things Science Fiction–and though it may not be 100% original, it does create a fresh spin on old themes and therefore shines and takes you on a journey worth taking–especially on the big screen.  It helps that Tom Cruise was made for roles like this–he is strong and engaging–and again, I can not deny Mr. Cruise’s star quality.

Most of the credit though, has to go to co-writer/director Joseph Kosinski (Tron: Legacy)–who created the Graphic Novel on which it is based.  Kosinski is an obvious lover of Sci-Fi and has been influenced and inspired by many sources, yet I can not help but like the universe he created.  The actions sequences were interesting and very polished, if not especially memorable.  Again, it may not go down as a ground-breaking classic–but it will join the ranks as a fine, entertaining addition to the genre.

In a short time he was able to capture the essence of the world and then slowly he revealed the bigger picture, which had plenty of nice, unique touches.  I guessed most of the “twists” but it by no means lessened my enjoyment.  But, in true sci-fi fashion, Kosinski brought up some compelling themes–what equates humanity?  And do we have a soul and/or spirit that remains with us?  How easily are humans controlled?  Etc.  Nicely done.

Some kudos for the beautiful landscape must be expressed–cinematographer Claudio Miranda just took home an Oscar for Life of Pi and it was no fluke–he has an incredible eye and some of the shots are gorgeous!  The modern, cool house in the sky was particularly well conceived–I can live there.  ;) Filmed in Iceland, the barren and isolated feeling worked well with the narrative and added to the story itself.

You also can not go wrong when you’ve chosen a strong supporting cast.  Morgan Freeman is always awesome.  I was impressed by Andrea Riseborough as Victoria and will keep an eye on her future.  Olga Kurylenko as Julia is a bit flat–but I think she is like that all time–and it’s a shame because it could have elevated the film.  Nice to see Nikolaj Coster-Waldau not being a cocky Lannister :D, but his and Melissa Leo‘s roles were small, yet solid.

Bottom line?  Not a bad way to spend a time at the movies.  Despite its obvious influences, I felt it was still a well crafted film–beautiful in scope–and entertaining throughout.  Trust me, I’ve seen worse.

Oblivion Official Trailer #1 Tom Cruise Sci-Fi Movie HD – YouTube

About nediunedited

Who is nediunedited? A lover of cinema since the age of seven! All kinds–all genres. Films (TV and Books, too) have shaped my life–they were my escape, my inspiration and even my first role models. I do not rate my films in the traditional sense (no stars, grades, etc.)–instead I give you my opinion and my take on it–I do not give traditional plot summaries either, because I want you to go in clear–ready for your own experience. There is nothing better than discovering a fine film, without any other influence. (Personally, when I want to really see something I practice media shut out–I refuse to watch too many trailers, viral promos, reviews, etc–I have been known to cover my eyes and ears in the theater during trailers–LALALALA!) That’s me–hope you come by and visit! I will definitely make the rounds and find some of you out there, too.

10 thoughts on “Oblivion is a love letter to Science Fiction–

  1. Thanks for linking to me. I’m with ya. I found this to be largely entertaining, not perfect, but a lot of fun. And it’s another really solid performance by Cruise in my book.

  2. Good review Nedi. The story really drags everything else down and once I left, I totally forgot what it is that I just saw. Not good, but not bad either. Just slap-dab in the middle of mediocrity.

  3. Its a good time at the movies, though it’s not anything all that substantial. :( I think you’re a little more enthusiastic than I am on this one. I wasn’t all that impressed with the “twists”, probably because I’ve seen similar things in other recent sci fi movies :(

    That said, its still a good popcorn flick, and very slick looking, no doubt!

    • Honestly, I do not mind “influences” if the execution is done well and it is here for sure.

      And it may be a sad representation of the crop of movies, that mediocre and decent passes as a good time, nowadays. Sad, indeed.

      Always a pleasure! :D

  4. I like the new layout of your blog.

    More than I liked Oblivion ;-)

    It was actually a decent watch with cool visuals but I spent too much time noticing all the Sci-Fi films it was borrowing from the whole time I was watching it. I wish the film had more Morgan Freeman and Nikolaj Waldau backstory. Also felt Cruise and Olga Kurylenko did not have much on screen chemistry.

    • Thanks! I have been trying to get a format for the site that works…I like this one much better. :D

      And yes–all valid points–it’s like I said…it did not break new ground, for sure, but it was well made and a decent time. I agree with the Olga chick–she’s just flat.

      Talks to you later!

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