Monday, May 6, 2013


Olga Kurylenko and Tom Cruise in Joseph Kosinski's Oblivion
*** out of ****

In Oblivion, director Joseph Kosinski follows his 2010 Tron: Legacy with another gorgeous production that tells a weak story. Everything about the look and sound of this movie is top-notch in design and gratifying to experience. The strength of the science-fiction concept, however, is shaky. Despite its intrigue, it borrows shamelessly from other sci-fi movies –some recent. To name these titles would spoil a few surprises.   

While not entirely original, these ideas work well for the movie and unlike the similarly beautiful-yet-flawed Prometheus, most of the important questions will be answered if you give the movie your attention and patience.

Tom Cruise, hate him or accept him, is fitting in his role as a man who is only beginning to discover who he really is. Kosinski's most impressive casting is still concentrated on the uniquely photogenic women in his movies and in this one, and Olga Kurylenko are no exception.

Morgan Freeman is Morgan Freeman... I've got nothing.

Kosinski is a director I believe in and I think he shows astounding skill and taste but needs a great screenplay to fall in his lap and he'll make a great movie. Compared to recent action fare, his work is slower-paced and more meditative. In both of his movies he's also managed to recruit electronic music groups to produce the soundtrack which give the movie's music a unique edge that so many films, these days, are in desperate need of. 
I wouldn't call this a perfect ride but it gave me that good ol' geek buzz I desire. I can't think of one bad special effects shot in the entire film, which is impressive, as the movie was crammed with computer-generated imagery. I recommend it, but with extreme caution for non-science fiction fans.

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