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Oblivion (2013)

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Average Rating: 5.9/10
Reviews Counted: 226
Fresh: 121 | Rotten: 105

Visually striking but thinly scripted, Oblivion benefits greatly from its strong production values and an excellent performance from Tom Cruise.

48

Average Rating: 5.7/10
Critic Reviews: 40
Fresh: 19 | Rotten: 21

Visually striking but thinly scripted, Oblivion benefits greatly from its strong production values and an excellent performance from Tom Cruise.

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Tom Cruise stars in Oblivion, an original and groundbreaking cinematic event from the visionary director of TRON: Legacy and producers of Rise of the Planet of the Apes. On a spectacular future Earth that has evolved beyond recognition, one man's confrontation with the past will lead him on a journey of redemption and discovery as he battles to save mankind. 2077: Jack Harper (Cruise) serves as a security repairmen stationed on an evacuated Earth. Part of a massive operation to extract vital

Aug 6, 2013

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All Critics (226) | Top Critics (40) | Fresh (121) | Rotten (105) | DVD (3)

In space, Jack hopes, someone may hear you dream. But in a movie theater, no one will see you yawn.

December 31, 2013 Full Review Source: TIME Magazine
TIME Magazine
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Feels ever more grounded and stuck ...

April 29, 2013 Full Review Source: New Yorker
New Yorker
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Was Cruise trying to beat out fellow Scientologist John Travolta for the honor of starring in the dumbest sci-fi epic ever?

April 22, 2013 Full Review Source: Vulture
Vulture
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If nothing else, "Oblivion" will go down in film history as the movie where Tom Cruise pilots a white, sperm-shaped craft into a giant space uterus.

April 21, 2013 Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times
Chicago Sun-Times
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This is the sci-fi movie equivalent of a pretty damn good cover band.

April 19, 2013 Full Review Source: Richard Roeper.com
Richard Roeper.com
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Glossy, derivative, ambitious and fatally underpowered.

April 19, 2013 Full Review Source: CNN.com
CNN.com
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"Oblivion" has the kind of magpie fecundity you'd hope to find bursting from the pages of une bande dessinťe freshly re-inked into English. But as a movie, it's like a terabyte farm of all the films Kosinski has ever steeped in.

April 9, 2014 Full Review Source: Newcity
Newcity

Although it looks spectacular and boasts some pungent ideas, the surprise-to-running-time ratio is out of whack.

March 3, 2014 Full Review Source: Orange County Register
Orange County Register

In a film whose first frame is a memory, it uses its familiarity to us to its advantage. It's like making a sandwich the way your mom used to make them, achieving sense memory of past pleasures.

February 6, 2014 Full Review Source: Movie Mezzanine
Movie Mezzanine

A film whose beauty and emotional aspirations ultimately overpower the story problems it runs into along the way.

January 22, 2014 Full Review Source: The Verge
The Verge

What makes it watchable is Kosinski's (and cinematographer Claudio Miranda's) gift for breathtaking pictorial images -- plus, of course, Cruise's undiluted star power.

December 31, 2013 Full Review Source: Sacramento News & Review
Sacramento News & Review

Joseph Kosinski's only previous credit was the visually rich but intellectually bankrupt Tron Legacy; and while this film is a bit more satisfying, it is driven only by its gorgeous visuals.

December 31, 2013 Full Review Source: Metro Times (Detroit, MI)
Metro Times (Detroit, MI)

As a piece of narrative, though, it's portentous, sluggish and fatally ungripping.

December 31, 2013 Full Review Source: Independent
Independent

It takes more than an hour for Oblivion to become whatever it is the filmmakers think it's supposed to be.

December 31, 2013 Full Review Source: Grantland
Grantland

Kosinski's totality of vision may not look or feel entirely original but is striking and memorable all the same.

September 29, 2013 Full Review Source: TheMovieReport.com
TheMovieReport.com

Are we really seeing a movie called "Oblivion" at all? Or is it merely a collection of concepts pulled from the likes of "Blade Runner," "Planet of the Apes," "Total Recall" and even the director's own "Tron: Legacy?"

August 20, 2013 Full Review Source: Cinemaphile.org
Cinemaphile.org

Joseph Kosinski's Oblivion is far from original and instead acts as yet another genre rip-off that looks shiny and expensive, but is hollow and lifeless where it counts

August 12, 2013 Full Review Source: We Got This Covered
We Got This Covered

Oblivion is a deliberate and beautifully crafted picture that embraces genre trappings without sacrificing the emotional heft of pure drama.

August 6, 2013 Full Review Source: Reno Gazette-Journal

...beautifully designed but derivative science fiction that suffers more than it benefits from Tom Cruise's turbo-charged energy.

August 4, 2013 Full Review Source: PopMatters
PopMatters

Amazing computer-generated imagery and a few nifty action beats, but suffers from a lack of human connection.

July 12, 2013 Full Review Source: EricDSnider.com
EricDSnider.com

This visually beautiful film falters with a meandering plot.

June 30, 2013 Full Review Source: Big Hollywood
Big Hollywood

Paying lip service to sci-fi tropes, this hapless futuristic romp pilfers liberally without adding any depth.

June 18, 2013 Full Review Source: Cinema Sight
Cinema Sight

In the third act, motives and loyalties get twisted around so frequently that it becomes difficult to keep track of what anyone is fighting for in the first place.

June 12, 2013 Full Review Source: Cinemalogue.com
Cinemalogue.com

That it can't match the classics it takes as inspiration shouldn't be used to condemn it too harshly.

June 12, 2013 Full Review Source: Fan The Fire
Fan The Fire

A derivative sci-fi drama that blends some nifty plot twists with its mysteriously serene futuristic adventure.

June 3, 2013 Full Review Source: Spectrum (St. George, Utah)
Spectrum (St. George, Utah)

Audience Reviews for Oblivion

3 3/4's--Pretty good, and that's saying a lot for me...because I swore off Tom Cruise movies a long time ago. However, this one I stuck with. VERY confusing, but good at the same time. I most definitely needed someone with me (in this case my husband) to occasionally explain things to me. Overall, this was very entertaining. The CGI is amazing, and the plot kept me interested to the end...and it was a really nice ending, too.
March 1, 2014
itsjustme2004

Super Reviewer

I think they had a good idea here but then when they actually got down to writing down the story it all just went wrong. It just didn't flow and there was "umph" to this film.
December 15, 2013
Raajay

Super Reviewer

Likable but ultimately forgettable. It's something we've seen before but with better graphics. How come so many world landmarks are all next to each other? How come the Empire State building is the only one left standing? Why didn't he keep the Dog? None of these questions matter, it's just easy viewing. I like the way they tied it all up at the end though, as average as it is, it's probably one of the best film endings of the year so far in my opinion. How cool would it be to live in a sky house!
November 22, 2013
SirPant

Super Reviewer

Say what you will about Tom Cruise but there‚??s no denying that his choice of projects have always been bankable. Throughout the 80‚?≤s and 90‚?≤s most of his films and performances were of a particularly high standard. The same could be said of the 00‚?≤s as well. However, over the last three years, cracks are beginning to appear; ‚??Knight and Day‚??, ‚??Rock of Ages‚?? and ‚??Jack Reacher‚?? have failed to register any form of quality. On the surface, ‚??Oblivion‚?? has all the hallmarks of the Cruiser getting back on track but, unfortunately, proves just as lacklustre as the aforementioned duds.

In the year 2077, Earth has been obliterated by an alien race and the surviving members of humanity have moved on to inhabit Saturn‚??s moon, Titan. Jack (Tom Cruise) and his wife Victoria (Andrea Riseborough) have remained on earth, though, to protect machinery harvesting the planet‚??s resources before Jack begins to suspect that his mission isn‚??t as straightforward as he thought it was.

Director Joseph Kosinski follows up his previous science fiction film ‚??Tron Legacy‚?? with another venture into the future. He works from his own graphic novel and delivers an intriguing premise that pays homage to classic Sci-Fi movies like ‚??2001: A Space Odyssey‚?? and ‚??Planet of the Apes‚??. His setting is suitably bleak (captured beautifully by cinematographer Claudio Miranda), his use of visuals are striking and his tone is perfectly sombre. In fact, Kosinski actually assembles a good addition to the science fiction genre. Unfortunately, his assembly soon falls apart due to a script that‚??s devoid of any substance or characters that we can invest in. The pace is lethargic, to say the least, which only really registers that a lot of the film is just padding. Nothing happens for a good chunk of the movie and when the plot is finally opened up, it fails to make sense or hold any form of coherence. Even if it did, your likely to have lost interest by that point anyway. Cruise wanders around aimlessly (presumably in search of characterisation) and the likes of Morgan Freeman and Nikolaj Coster-Waldau needn‚??t have turned up at all. The most frustrating thing overall, though, is that the big reveal is one that we‚??ve seen many times before and all, but completely, rips-off Duncan Jones‚?? far superior ‚??Moon‚??. The similarities are almost shocking and I wouldn‚??t have been surprised to have seen Jones‚?? name on the screenwriting credits.

Kosinski is a director that may yet find his feet. He certainly has an eye for sumptuous visuals and can stage a fine action set-piece. However, he really needs to work on a coherent narrative and one that isn‚??t as dull or desolate as the landscape that his characters roam.

Mark Walker
September 28, 2013
MrMarakai

Super Reviewer

    1. Sally: Tower 49, this is Mission Control, how ya'll doing this lovely morning?
    2. Victoria "Vika" Olsen: Another day in paradise Sally!
    – Submitted by James W (6 months ago)
    1. Jack Harper: How can a man die better?
    2. Sally: You don't have to die, Jack. She doesn't have to die.
    3. Jack Harper: Everybody dies, Sally. The thing is, to die well.
    – Submitted by Deepen T (8 months ago)
    1. Jack Harper: What Horatius said was, "How can a man die better than facing fearful odds, for the ashes of his fathers and the temples of his gods."
    – Submitted by jon h (8 months ago)
    1. Jack Harper: Yes Sally we are an effective team.
    – Submitted by Josia D (11 months ago)
    1. Jack Harper: I am Jack Harper. And I am home.
    – Submitted by Brandon M (11 months ago)
    1. Jack Harper: If we have souls, they're made of the love we share. Undimmed by time, unbound by death.
    – Submitted by Nancy W (12 months ago)
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