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Oblivion (2013)

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Before you continue to read this post, this will contain spoilers, for only one of the plots made me kind of upset at the extent of it.

I still haven’t actually seen Tron: Legacy, but just looking at both Tron: Legacy and Oblivion it can said director Joesph Kosinski has an affinity for special effects. On paper, this filmed looked excellent and vastly superior to others in the same category.

Earth was subject to an attack by Alien forces, that destroyed the Moon which caused earthquakes, tsunamis and other natural disasters that ravaged the Earth. Then the scavengers came, this led to the firing off the nukes. As Tom Cruise says “We won the war, but lost the planet”, they relocate to Titan, Saturn’s largest moon whilst Jack Harper (Tom Cruise) and Victoria (Andrea Riseborough) serve as drone maintenance for the large power stations that are converting seawater into energy for the colony on Titan (Don’t ask me how, I have no clue either)

Jack Harper is haunted with memories of being atop the Empire State Building and seeing this woman all the time, which is strange because he had a memory wipe. And he is also continually attacked by the scavengers during patrols and finding drones that have been scavenged for parts.

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-Spoilers-

The narrative is acceptable, but does wear thin toward the end of the film as it all becomes a bit predictable with the plot and what is to occur in the sequences. The only plot that had me shocked was Jack ends up arriving in the ‘Radiation Zone’ only to discover Tech-52, another Jack Harper and another Victoria at the tower, but in viewing I could see it happening as soon as he enters the radiation zone. The big climatic one at the end of the movie, to be honest is an anti-climax. As soon as discovering that the scavengers are in fact humans, which in fact resemble some sort of sand people from Star Wars, are fighting against the Tet (the big spaceship that destroyed the moon) it’s clear to what is actually inside the Tet. And in all honesty, it reminded me too much of Hal 9000 from 2001: A Space Odyssey. Although, the recording of the blackbox being played to make the story come full circle is apt and works for the story in a largely average storyline.

-End of spoilers-

The extent that Kosinski goes to map out this post-apocalyptic world that Jack patrols is excellent and truly wonderful to watch, a sunken into the land Empire State Building, shells of boats but not only this, the canyon that Jack discovers houses a wonderful waterfall and serene landscape. Especially the little house that Jack had built by the lake. It’s a beautiful little place. Kosinski’s eye for detail makes this film very easy on the eye and more enjoyable as you are immersed into this world.

As I mentioned in the spoilers section, the storyline is largely average and all a bit expected. The story I would say has three big plot turns, the survivor Julia (Olga Kurylenko) and the scavengers being the first and the resolution ending at the Tet being the finale. But as most Tom Cruise films show, the plot is always a bit expected regardless of the enjoyment taken from it. I suppose that’s a nice way to sum it up, it’s enjoyable, but expected.

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The soundtrack score was produced by M83, which happens to produce some excellent music, and obviously keeping in time with the futuristic element in the film, the music is an electronic blend of sounds that is captivating when listening to it away from the film.

The film stands at just over 2 hours, but doesn’t feel lengthy. I believe that’s down to the spectacular detail in which Kosinski takes us on, in this adventure. And partly due to the fact that the enjoyment factor is there regardless how predictable the story is. The acting is nothing special in all fairness, just an average Tom Cruise performance. With the blended soundtrack and this adventure, it’s great, but the predictability makes the movie nothing groundbreaking, but enjoyable nonetheless.

These plot holes that I eluded to in this is not my only spite, despite receiving the next top billing, Morgan Freeman appears in the film for a maximum of about half hour, if that (I didn’t work it out). But I feel as though Morgan Freeman’s inclusion in the film was just an effort to sell tickets as his role was quite minimal, his right hand man, Sergant Sykes (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau) could’ve had his role in all honesty.

3/5

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Author: Nathan Harris

Currently studying Film & Television studies and Media Writing at Derby University. Hopefully wanting to become a film critic/journalist.

4 thoughts on “Oblivion (2013)

  1. I agree, interesting plot line with a few good twists, but would love to see Tom Cruise getting back to character driven films like Born on The Fourth Of July http://erikconover.com/

    • I understand where you’re coming from with that. Jerry Maguire is a favourite of mine. It’s a shame though, because all he is associated with is action films! (I’ve yet to see Edge of Tomorrow though in all fairness)

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