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.
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