Oblivion (2013)

Oblivion (2013)Directed by Joseph Kosinski and starring Tom Cruise & Morgan Freeman.

Oblivion is a very beautiful movie that gorgeously blends reality and rendered elements together to spectacular effect.  The story is set on a post-apocalyptic Earth following an all-out war (that humanity won) against a race of invading aliens and that left the planet devastated.  So devastated in fact that the survivors’ only option was to relocate to Titan.  Left behind are drone repair and maintenance people.  This is the role that Tom Cruise’s character plays.  His job may sound boring at first glance, but I assure you it’s not, as the motion picture is full of well thought out action sequences.   This film is beautifully shot and director Joseph Kosinski does terrific work behind the camera.  The design of the main cast’s living quarters and vehicles are reminiscent of the 1970s, with more than just a nod to Tarkovsky’s Solaris and Trumbull’s Silent Running.  However, the script is far from being as deep as those of these two movies, rather being on the simplistic side of things with its David vs Goliath themes and the occasional narrative pivots, which rely largely on a total alteration of the character’s reality.  It should be noted that this is by no means a great film.  Don’t get me wrong: this is a good movie.  But it could’ve been so much more if the director had spent just a little more time with the actors and developed the story just a little bit further.  Basically, you should go and watch this movie but don’t expect it to change your world view and revolutionize your thinking.

 

 

–          IMDB : http:// http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1483013/

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