Critic Consensus: Visually striking but thinly scripted, Oblivion benefits greatly from its strong production values and an excellent performance from Tom Cruise.
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 resources after decades of war with a terrifying alien threat who still scavenges what's left of our planet, Jack's mission is almost complete. In a matter of two weeks, he will join the remaining survivors on a lunar colony far from the war-torn world he has long called home. Living in and patrolling the breathtaking skies from thousands of feet above, Jack's soaring existence is brought crashing down after he rescues a beautiful stranger from a downed spacecraft. Drawn to Jack through a connection that transcends logic, her arrival triggers a chain of events that forces him to question everything he thought he knew. With a reality that is shattered as he discovers shocking truths that connect him to Earth of the past, Jack will be pushed to a heroism he didn't know he contained within. The fate of humanity now rests solely in the hands of a man who believed our world was soon to be lost forever. (c)Universal … More
|Rating:||PG-13 (for sci-fi action violence, brief strong language, and some sensuality/nudity)|
|Genre:||Action & Adventure, Science Fiction & Fantasy|
|Directed By:||Joseph Kosinski|
|Written By:||Michael Arndt, Karl Gajdusek, Joseph Kosinski, Michael DeBruyn|
|In Theaters:||Apr 19, 2013 Wide|
|On DVD:||Aug 6, 2013|
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Critic Reviews for Oblivion
Although it looks spectacular and boasts some pungent ideas, the surprise-to-running-time ratio is out of whack.
It takes more than an hour for Oblivion to become whatever it is the filmmakers think it's supposed to be.
In space, Jack hopes, someone may hear you dream. But in a movie theater, no one will see you yawn.
The story that eventually surfaces is no where near as interesting as the mesmerizing look of the film.
Oblivion delivers a blast of midsummer heat to the middle of April. And, unlike many a potential blockbuster, it's full of ambition. Just try not to think about it too much.
Audience Reviews for Oblivion
Overall it was halfway decent. I honestly saw most of the plot twists coming, but the visuals and tech made up for it. I would recommend seeing it as a matinee or catching it in the 2nd run theaters
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.
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.
|Jack Harper:||This is bullshit. We won the war. Now we have to leave|
|Sally:||Tower 49, this is Mission Control, how ya'll doing this lovely morning?|
|Victoria "Vika" Olsen:||Another day in paradise Sally!|
|Jack Harper:||How can a man die better?|
|Sally:||You don't have to die, Jack. She doesn't have to die.|
|Jack Harper:||Everybody dies, Sally. The thing is, to die well.|
|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."|
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