Romy Shiller


In Film, review, sci-fi on May 2, 2013 at 1:38 pm

[published April 29,2013]
posteriAbout: Oblivion is a 2013 American science fiction film co-written, produced and directed by Joseph Kosinski and based on his unpublished graphic novel of the same name edited by Radical Comics, It stars Tom Cruise, Olga Kurylenko, Andrea Riseborough, Morgan Freeman, Melissa Leo, Zoë Bell, and Nikolaj Coster-Waldau. The film was initially scheduled for release on July 10, 2013. Since the 3D re-release of Jurassic Park was set for April 5, 2013, the US release date was moved forward to April 19, 2013. According to Kosinski, Oblivion pays homage to science fiction films of the 1970s.

Shiny. Good set design and effects. Weak script, editing, direction and acting. I attended the film with the same sci-fi groupies that I saw Prometheus with. They made me promise to look up the plot, which was far from clear. I did – oh… [PLOT]

Critic Matt Brunson says, The filmmakers fail to answer a sizable number of questions, electing instead to let audience members fill in the blanks to such an extent that anyone who sees this film would have a justifiable reason to sue to get their names added as co-scenarists.

If you need a clear and excellent comparison look at the great and far superior film, Moon.

Oblivion has a good concept but in my estimation, the execution of the concept is poor. The plot involves a predatory Alien/Scavenger presence, two workers protecting a harvesting of earth’s water resource; Jack Harper (Tom Cruise) is now one of the last few humans stationed on the planet; the other survivors have migrated to a massive tetrahedral space station called the Tet and established a colony on Titan. He lives in a work tower thousands of feet above the Earth where he and his communications officer and lover Victoria (Andrea Riseborough) are part of an operation to extract the planet’s remaining resources for the Titan colony’s use, especially water. Jack and Victoria underwent a “security wipe” five years prior, which erased their memories and prevents them from giving up information under interrogation. There is a suspicious homing beacon aimed at a long, lost craft carrying humans aboard who are in suspended animation and other things I don’t care to ruin for you.

tom gun

The acting by Tom Cruise: In the past I was a fan of his but his last couple of films have been awkward and his judgment is now suspect, really. His acting here is just plain bad; in my opinion he needs to emote more. In one scene in particular, a shock of recognition needs to be more evident. The New York Post echoes my feeling: Cruise can’t dial up much emotion, so the two love interests for his character are two more than he can convincingly handle. He may be at home in the cockpit of a killing machine, but when it comes to displaying his humanity, he’s no Wall-E.


Co-stars Morgan Freeman who plays resistance leader Malcolm Beech and Olga Kurylenko who plays Cruise’s main love interest are fine but hardly extraordinary. I will not blame Freeman for the film’s flaws and really hope that he makes a better choice in the future.

Andrea Riseborough, 2012

Andrea Riseborough plays a love interest with a twist, is good and made her name on the London stage before moving into British TV drama. She took the lead roles in Sir Peter Hall’s productions of Miss Julie and Measure for Measure, [she] played opposite Michael Fassbender in the English civil war series The Devil’s Whore and won a Bafta TV award for playing a worryingly sexy version of the young Margaret Thatcher in BBC4′s The Long Walk to Finchley. Supporting roles included a part in Mike Leigh’s Happy-Go-Lucky, while her lead in Rowan Joffe’s Brighton Rock carried the film and led to Oblivion.

The cinematography stands out here. Regarding ‘spectacle’: That isn’t normal for a book, movie or even video game with a post-apocalyptic setting, but the tapestries, backdrops, CG effects and, most of all, the camera work in “Oblivion” breathe life into a film that is captivating in the beginning, compelling (though slow) in the middle and, unfortunately, flat in the end.


Director Joseph Kosinski said; You don’t want to make a confusing movie.

Yeah, right. FILL. IN. THE. BLANKS. On one level this is a very simple film: Like I said, it is shiny. On another level there is a huh?-factor.

This film is not torture but thin.

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