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Oblivion – review – no spoilers

I was actually really excited when I saw the previews for this movie. It looked like a great scifi/action flick with a twist. And it’s not that it’s a bad movie, really, it was just… okay. I would even say it was good, as long as you don’t mind gaping holes where tension and surprise should be. heh.

Okay, so, basically, Tom Cruise and his co-lead Andrea Riseborough as the ‘mop up crew’ keeping an eye on the big tech things that are sucking up all the water for hydro-electricity for the trip to Titan for the last batch of humans to leave earth after an alien invasion/war left it uninhabitable. He’s curious/nostalgic about the world they have to leave in a couple of weeks and she’s very follow-the-rules.

The first problem is I didn’t believe them as a romantic couple in the slightest, not even in the beginning; there was just no chemistry between them. Even with the later reveal I just didn’t feel them as lovers, though physically they were.

The second problem is I figured out the ‘twist’ about twenty minutes into the movie. Now, this could be because I’m a writer, but I really don’t think so. The commercials gave it away, imo, once you started watching the film and waiting for Morgan Freeman to show up.

The third problem is the directing. Say what you want about Tom Cruise’s private life, he’s a damn fine actor. In this particular movie, though, it was like someone had put a muzzle on his natural charisma. Like the director said, “Hey. This is a serious movie. Tone it down.” I kept waiting for him to bring it, but, nope. The other thing was all the ‘hurry up and wait’ that went on. We’d get a nice burn of action and story going and then boom! Roadblock in the form of a love scene. Wait, what? Why? Why would you derail the movie so suddenly and completely to show a little skin? Twice! And then another nice stretch of story and thud! Scenic trip to Camp David. What, now? I suppose they were trying to show character/depth, but honestly? Tom’s character was already pretty well developed.

Don’t even get me started on the flashbacks or Morgan Freeman’s character.

Anyhow. Like I said, it’s not that this is a bad movie, it’s just… disappointing to me, personally. I expected better. Ah well. Not even Tom Cruise and Morgan Freeman can win ’em all.

About Nancy M. Griffis

Author and screenwriter who loves scifi/action/adventure/urban fantasy genres. I have two published novels, Mind Games and Eternal Investigations, as well as a short story published for charity called "Home Fires Burning." All are available through amazon.com and barnesandnobles.com.


2 thoughts on “Oblivion – review – no spoilers

  1. This is how I feel about urban fantasies with too much romance. “You’re going to go to bed NOW?? But the vampires are after you!” That sort of thing. GAH! Leave out the frickin’ romance, people… not everyone CARES…

    Posted by katyasozaeva | May 12, 2013, 3:04 am

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