Tuesday 23 April 2013

Film: Oblivion

Earth has been devastated. An alien invasion provoked a nuclear response and what’s left of the human race has left to inhabit a far off Moon.

Jack Harper (Tom Cruise) and his wife (Andrea Riseborough) are stationed on Earth to maintain the drones which constantly patrol and eliminate any remnants of the alien army.

As their mission is due for completion Harper begins to realise that there may be more going on than meets the eye.

Oblivion looks fantastic, the scenes of once great cities and structures now ruined and covered in grass and new flowing rivers create an atmosphere which quickly draws the viewer in.

Unfortunately the story is all too predictable and the promised action scenes fail to materialize.

Cruise looks like he’d rather be anywhere else and the feeling soon rubs off onto the audience with the belated introduction of Morgan Freeman adding little to proceedings.

With the imminent release of the new Star Trek film the studio have wisely decided not to compete as this most definitely isn’t the action-fest it’s marketed as. It’s a mish-mash of films like Armageddon, The Matrix and They Live that doesn’t capture the best parts of any of those movies.

Oblivion is in UK cinemas now.

Ric’s Rating: Dodgy.       


  1. Good review Ric. This is the type of movie you can go to if you're good at understanding complete mindfucks, and I can understand a complex movie, but this one wasn’t all that confusing. Pretty straight-forward and dull.

  2. I actually liked it more than I thought it would. I enjoyed the twists.


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