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Oblivion (2013; Rated Rated PG-13)

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“This is the sci-fi movie equivalent of a pretty damn good cover band. ”

-Richard Roeper

Oblivion Review

Oblivion

(2013; PG-13)

In theaters:
Friday, 19 April 2013

Genre:
Action, Adventure, Science Fiction

Director:
Joseph Kosinski

Cast:
Tom Cruise, Morgan Freeman, Andrea Riseborough

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John Taggart said on Sunday, September 08, 2013 12:11:42 PM
One of the best understated movies I have seen. Reactions to significant events subdued like in reality. No Hollywood Clapping and gratuitous cheering. No intensely angry interchanges. Some doubt as to who is real and who is maybe a subversive being. Do I trust you? Very satisfying capture of the human experience

Dennis said on Monday, September 02, 2013 1:44:18 AM
I liked it. Bought the DVD last week, and watched it today. Loved the visuals & the soundtrack. It DID help to go back & watch a 2nd time with the 'commentary' switched ON. I had originally planned on seeing it in a theater, but I think that Will Smith film came out about the same time & 'bombed' horribly. That was some sort of sci-fi film featuring his son. 'Oblivion'.....I'm VERY glad that I bought the DVD. And....YES! I have seen ( & forgotten ) 'Moon'. There's some guy who's been leaving 'Moon' plugs all over any & every 'Oblivion'-related YouTube video he could find.

Dro Dizzle said on Monday, September 02, 2013 12:58:40 AM
I found the movie to be quite interesting but stale at times. I agree with one commenter that this was more product than art.

The idea and concept of clones, their memories and unexpected crossing of paths has been explored and in more thoughtful ways. I felt the movie took inspiration from many predecessors such as Blade Runner and most especially Moon (with Sam Rockwell: I believe one come for asked about clones and souls. Both of these movies explore that concept much better and more beautifully). I felt there also touches of Wall-E and 2001 space odyssey. Then again, many movies these days are basically repackaged stories. Nevertheless, directors and writers have to find a way to make movies unique. Sadly, while this movie was overall entertaining and filled with good performances, it's direction and overall concept fell short of it being a great Sci-fi film for the ages.

I wrote this using a mobile device, please excuse any errors. Thanks.

Mike Lee said on Monday, August 12, 2013 11:20:08 AM
NIce job, Richard. It's funny how, whenever a sci-fi film is being reviewed I miss Roger Ebert so intensely. I still remember the argument about whether the three- legged monstrosities in Spielberg's "War of the Worlds" were silly or not. Roger loved sci-fi. And that's why you go see a cover band--because you loved the original and even the echoes are fun!

Dustin said on Sunday, August 04, 2013 2:50:08 PM
@Robotello no seriously, watch the movie moon.

thetileninja said on Thursday, June 27, 2013 11:11:27 PM
Perhaps it was because of my overactive brain and my acute sense of America's film state as of late, but I had a sense that I was watching "product, not art". Very expensive and well made product, like walking into a Lexus dealership, and maybe even getting to take a test drive... but left no haunting questions or life affirming epiphanies, like good (no... great) sci-fi does and should.


David said on Thursday, May 16, 2013 6:14:30 PM
@Robotello watch the movie Moon

Tracy Des Combes said on Wednesday, May 01, 2013 3:57:02 PM
I was bored stiff by all of the exposition in the first hour...I
even fell asleep a few times (snored out loud...oops!). Second half was a bit better, but only a bit. The plot was muddy and mildly confusing. The end felt as if had been added on after a bad audience reaction in a screening.

Tracy Des Combes said on Wednesday, May 01, 2013 3:54:55 PM
I was bored stiff by all of the exposition in the first hour...I
even fell asleep a few times (snored out loud...oops!). Second half was a bit better, but only a bit. The plot was muddy and mildly confusing. The end felt as if had been added on after a bad audience reaction in a screening.

Chris Litton said on Sunday, April 28, 2013 5:31:14 PM
Thank you for the review, it was very informative. Also it is nice to see your reviews are fair and unbiased.

 
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