Friday, May 24, 2013

Movies: Oblivion

That new Tom Cruise joint. Sure people think he's a tad silly in real life, but you have to admit, the guy puts out good movies. Oblivion was no different.

Oblivion is a post-apocalyptic film that takes place in 2077 after earth had been left in ruins thanks to a war against the alien Scavengers or 'Scavs'. Although humanity won, earth was left heavily scarred by the use of nuclear warfare against the Scavs. With the earth so polluted with radiation, humanity, or what was left of it, abandoned earth to colonize on Titan, one of Saturn's moons.

Jack Harper (Tom Cruise), one of the last drone technicians on earth, discovers a crashed spacecraft which ultimately makes him question what is he actually doing on earth and what actually happened during the war.

I went into this movie not knowing a whole bunch aside from the fact that it looked pretty in the trailers. Damn did it ever look fine on the big screen, but it was no mistake. Joseph Kosinski, the director of Tron: Legacy just so happened to be the director of Oblivion.

I just want to say that I am so happy that this movie wasn't in 3D. Like most movies, it doesn't have to be. I would have to say that this movie was the most visually appealing movie I've seen this year, especially for creating a post-apocalyptic world.

There were a lot of nature and wide shots in this film, which would seem kind of risky, but it did a bang up job of convincing me for two hours that this is the world around me.

Audio? Even better than the visuals. Up until the credits, I didn't know M83 scored much of the soundtrack. Best way I can describe the soundtrack is, it was a mixture between Inception, Tron: Legacy and Mass Effect. Like a sci-fi Hans Zimmer.

Plot? At first it was a tad confusing and sometimes predictable but what didn't make sense was very nicely tied together at the end of the film.

Should you go see it? Hey (wo)man, if you liked Tron: Legacy, you should give this film a chance, even if the plot sounded kind of hokey, at least go for the eye candy. It's a handsome looking movie. If you do decide to watch it, just turn off your head and leave the questions for after the movie. It's science fiction, you just gotta flick the brain off sometimes y'know?


  1. I was really pleasantly surprised by this movie. Totally agree with your opinion on it not being 3D, showed how a traditional presentation can still look absolutely stunning. I thought the plot was a lot better than I expected, tied things together well and there were some serious twists. Plus, Tom Cruise's line near the end (you know which one I mean) was hilariously awesome. Classic Cruise.

    1. Absolutely haha. Most fun I've had at a movie this year.