Oblivion, a movie based upon a yet to published graphic novel by director Joseph Kosinski (who previously directed one of my favourite films of 2010 – Tron: Legacy) and produced by the people behind Rise Of The Planet Of The Apes (my favourite film of 2011) was always going to be high on my must-see list. Given the post-apocalyptic sci-fi themes and star-power of actor Tom Cruise, all components seemed destined for success.
On its own, Oblivion is a beautiful looking film, with good performances, exciting soundtrack and a complex plot. I will make mention that even though I have never admitted to be a huge fan of Tom Cruise, that I have always considered him to be one of the best actors of his generation, and he once again gives 100% in every moment on screen and it just so very likeable. He is equally supported by pleasant performances from Andrea Riseborough and Olga Kurylenko.
However, despite all the high concepts and superb execution, I always felt a step ahead. And there is probably a reason why … in that Oblivion has the same uneasy atmosphere and similar plot elements as the brilliant 2009 movie Moon starring Sam Rockwell. Indeed, Oblivion seems to be a merging of ideas already seen in a dozen other sci-fi films.
Nonetheless, there is still some highly original ideas and unique elements executed in the movie. Yet, despite the slow, measured pace of the first half of film, there didn’t appear enough expansion of the world that is seen and even unseen. The final half hour of the movie is rather rushed, though by then I was just happy for Oblivion to quickly reach its inevitable conclusion, also.
This may not come across as a positive review, but I did actually enjoy much of Oblivion. I just wish I enjoyed it a little bit more or actually formed a stronger emotional connection to the characters and storyline.
score: 7 out of 10.