Posted on 4/27/13 01:51 PM
"Oblivion" is an intense, thought provoking, and fun sci-fi thriller with great action and a mind bending plot. It definitely has some problems though, the biggest of which was the pacing. There are parts in this film which seem a little repetitive and others which seem almost completely irrelevant to the plot and these moments tend to drag the film down a bit. The runtime for this movie is 2 hours and 5 minutes long but it feels like a 2 hour and 30 minute film, at least. Also, this film is edited kind of strange. It's hard to put my finger on it but the way the transitions happen and the way time is shown can be awkward at times.
However, there are many things about this movie that I did enjoy, such as the acting. I thought everyone in the cast did a solid job and even though there were a lot of drawn out shots of Tom Cruise doing his notorious 1000 yard stare off into the distance I still enjoyed his performance and found him to be a rootable protagonist. I also was completely blown away by the cinematography. After doing some research I found out that the cinematographer for this film (Claudio Miranda) just recently won an Oscar for "Best Cinematography" for the film Life of Pi at the Academy Awards for last year. Which, if you haven't seen it, was a visual masterpiece.
In conclusion, "Oblivion" definitely could have been tuned up and tweaked just a little bit in certain areas, but it still provided to be a fun time and extremely thought provoking film and I would recommend checking it out if you get the chance.