Sunday, April 14, 2013

Oblivion: Film Review

In 2017, earth goes to war with an invading alien race, resulting in the nuclear destruction of the planet. The survivors establish a new colony on Titan, a moon of Saturn. Jack Harper (Cruise) is a former marine stationed on Earth whose job consists of maintaining the drones which seek out and destroy the few remaining aliens, known as "scavs". He and his communications officer Victoria (Riseborough) have had their memories wiped prior to this assignment so as to protect the location of Earth's survivors. Harper, however, is plagued by the inexplicable memory of meeting a young woman, Julia (Kurylenko), at the top of a pre-war Empire State building.

The early scenes of decayed buildings and barren landscapes are beautifully contrasted by the cold, clean look of their apartment and the fantastic jet fighter and drones technology., Though it contains many standard elements and isn't among the more detailed of sci-fi films, 'Oblivion' is worth watching for its magnificent and immersing visuals, suspenseful script and Tom Cruise's continuing charisma as a leading man.

Joseph Kosinski takes a second shot at science fiction with his newest feature film Oblivion, Going into Oblivion, one could already expect a visual treat from the director of Tron: Legacy, Oblivion is beautiful to look at, and the credit should be given to Joseph Kosinski and Claudio Miranda for creating such an immersive environment for the audience to be a part of. You can tell that the crew behind Oblivion spent a lot of time and a lot of heart into the planning of this film because the world that they create looks real and feels real.

Tom Cruise shines, as a man struggling with memories of a world he has never known, and fighting to save humanity as he's forced to question everything he thought he knew, If what you fancy in sci-fi is only action, visual effects and the ever-lifeless mien of Tom Cruise, you would love this movie. But if you are anything like me, the idea of the story is the main drive to watch, you will be disappointed.

Oblivion is your basic Tom Cruise movie, hard core action and bland script, but look on the bright side, Oblivion is one of the most enjoyable experience in cinema, especially if you watch in IMAX, The film is very well shot with brilliant post-apocalyptic scenery. However, it does lack the character development and it feels like many other films throughout. It is a very good film nonetheless.

A great start for the SciFi summer of 2013. Kosinski again proved tat he is one of the best visual directors on earth and someone who finds the right composer for the right film., actually see the intricate craftsmanship by Kosinski, where Ideas trumps Special Effects. A harrowing yet poignant post-apocalyptic helplessness in its fullest glory.

Rating: 8 out of 10 stars 
Release Date: April 10,2013  
Released by: Solar-UIP 
Starring: Tom Cruise, Olga Kurylenko, Morgan Freeman, Andrea Riseborough, Mellisa Leo, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Zoe Bell
Directed By: Joseph Kosinki


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