Friday, April 19, 2013

Oblivion review


OBLIVION LIVES UP TO ITS TITLE WITH THRILLING ACTION AND SPECIAL EFFECTS, THOUGH THE SCRIPT IS WRITTEN A LITTLE THIN!
By Nico Beland
Movie Review: A (3 ½ stars)
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 Tom Cruise as Jack Harper in Oblivion

Director Joseph Kosinski (Tron: Legacy) and the producer of Rise of the Planet of the Apes bring a new exciting science-fiction action adventure to the big screen and it’s a real blast. No kidding, the film blasts us into a post apocalyptic world of survival with drone shooting, dogfights, and special effects all the way through.
Tom Cruise (Jack Reacher, Top GunMission: Impossible) plays Jack Harper, one of the last humans on Earth due to a gruesome war sixty years ago that destroyed the moon and nearly destroyed the Earth. All the humans evacuated the planet. Jack and his communications officer, Victoria (Andrea Risebourough) remain on Earth to repair drones and monitor the activity on the planet. During one of Jack’s flights through what’s left of the planet, he discovers a dark truth about his past and what the humans really did during the war.
Oblivion was a very amusing and entertaining movie as a whole. It had a complex story, impressive special effects, kickass music score, that distinct Kosinski style used in Tron: Legacy, and great performances by Tom Cruise, Morgan Freeman (Olympus Has Fallen, The Dark Knight trilogy, Wanted), etc. Pretty much my only problem with the film is the writing; it’s a little thin for such a complex premise.
But for what it’s worth, the movie is fun and will certainly entertain fans of the classic science fiction flicks such as Star Wars, Alien, and Planet of the Apes. If you enjoyed any of those films, you’ll most likely enjoy this flick. I personally wouldn’t say it was better than movies like The Avengers, Terminator 2, or Alien but I really liked the movie and thought it was a great visual ride.
I’m glad I saw it and had a great time. Hopefully some of the other exciting looking movies coming out this year (Iron Man 3, Star Trek into Darkness, Elysium, Man of Steel) will satisfy just as much as this film, if not more. 

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