Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Review: Oblivion

Release Date:  April 19, 2013
Running Time: 126 minutes
Starring: Tom Cruise, Morgan Freeman, Olga Kurylenko, Andrea Riseborough
Who to see it with: Any Sci-Fi or Tom Cruise fan


As I said in my Jack Reacher review, Tom Cruise is kind of a guilty pleasure of mine.  His personal quirks aside, he is such a great actor and does such a good job of drawing you into the movie that you can't help but enjoy the experience.  This is doubly true when the movie is as well done as Oblivion.  
The story follows Tom Cruise's character as he both tries to fulfill his mission while exploring and learning about what happened to Earth.  The world is created with some
pretty amazing special effects.  The sci fi aesthetic is great and the overall atmosphere of a war-torn, abandoned world is simply stunning.  The sound is engrossing and helps to complete the setting.  You can tell that the director really loved what he created because the movie spends a great deal of time establishing the setting.  I really appreciated this aspect and it helped contribute to my overall enjoyment of the film.  Partly because so much time is spent creating and establishing post apocalypse Earth, the plot twist and conclusion seem a little too quick and convenient.  But, by that time you're already fully engrossed in the setting and enjoying the ride so it doesn't detract from an overall good film.

See it.

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