Monday, September 30, 2013

Film Review: Oblivion (2013)

Oblivion (Review)
United States/2013
Netflix Streaming: No
Amazon Prime: No

"From its epic showdowns to its exhilarating air battles, Oblivion delivers great SciFi action."

In 2077, Tech 49 Jack Harper (Tom Cruise) is stationed on Earth repairing drones for the large space station called the "Tet". 60 years prior, Earth was nearly destroyed during a war with alien invaders, which resulted in the use of nuclear weapons. As his time on Earth comes to a close, a mysterious crash landing pulls Jack into a twisted conspiracy...

Oblivion continues to tell of Jack Harper as he discovers the truth regarding the alien invaders, the Tet, and his identity. Jack meets other survivors that open his mind and bring forth the truth -- the truth that jeopardizes his safety, as well as his partners. There is a lot of information to absorb, and it continues into a twist-filled second half; in this case, it's better to avoid as much information as possible if you want a more surprising experience -- that includes avoiding IMDB as it holds a major spoiler. The film concludes with an epic finale, albeit cliché.

I think Oblivion is well-balanced. There is an abundance of information to absorb regarding the story, but there are also several spectacular action sequences. From its epic showdowns to its exhilarating air battles, Oblivion delivers great SciFi action. The story is great, but is is occasionally stifled by some sloppy storytelling; some odd placements for flashbacks, and poorly delivered information may make you scratch your head once or twice. On top of that, there were some odd plot contrivances that I didn't enjoy, either. I like the concept of the story and most of the execution, but it definitely needed some polish.

Tom Cruise is great as Jack Harper -- he has plenty of energy and charisma to hold down the lead. The supporting cast is also fantastic; Morgan Freeman appears briefly, but he delivers a witty and cool performance. The special effects are spectacular, as is the general cinematography -- this is pure eye candy. The soundtrack by M83 is phenomenal -- hands down one of the best of the year, and perfectly complementary to the SciFi setting. Joseph Kosinski direction is great, but the screenplay could've used polish.

Overall, Oblivion is a great SciFi action film. The story is great, but has a few holes and weak plot contrivances; however, the film excel at every other level, from its cinematography to its soundtrack, and it has plenty of thrills for action fans.

Score: 8/10
Parental Guide: Violence and blood, brief nudity.

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