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April 26, 2013 / minusbar

Movie Review: Oblivion by Joseph Kosinski

Hey Everyone, so today I have something very special! I’d like to introduce you all to my friend, Molly. She currently works at a library and is just as big of a bibliophile as myself (maybe even more). Anyway, she’ll be blogging with me from now through the month of May, and this is her very first post. Please show her some love and feel free to leave her a comment welcoming her!


Movie Review: “Oblivion” by Joseph Kosinski

Tom Cruise stars in Oblivion, directed by Joseph Kosinski who also directed the 2010 version of Tron. The basic premise is simple: in a post-apocalyptic world one man, Jack Harper, begins to question the reality of everything he knows after finding a woman in a downed spacecraft.

It seems fairly simple, at first anyway. Throughout the movie there are several plot twists that keep the viewer guessing. Well, sort of guessing. Without giving anything away, some of them are obvious, but one or two are surprising. The writers succeeded in keeping the plot interesting for the entire movie.

Visually, the movie was stunning. The views of the ravaged earth are breathtakingly spectacular, with no blatantly obvious green-screening. Everything is different, but realistic enough to make it believable. When Harper flies his small aircraft off a ledge, I’ll admit, I jumped a tiny bit. It was just that real. Of course, if you have any sort of vertigo problems you might want to be on the watch for scenes such as this.

Oblivion wasn’t perfect, however. While the characters, what few of them there are, are likable enough, I had a hard time identifying with them. The numerous quips and comedic lines seem like they are trying to cover the lack of development we see in the characters, especially Jack Harper, the protagonist.

Overall, Oblivion was one of the better “apocalypse” movies I have seen. It has plenty of good lines and, as I said, amazing visual effects. As long as you don’t feel the need to really feel for the characters, you will probably enjoy this movie immensely. I know that I did!





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  1. CMrok93 / Apr 27 2013 12:05 pm

    Nice review Molly. The movie does suffer from a script that doesn’t clearly explain certain things and the storytelling does come off as lazy in parts. Could have been better, had it just decided to take the high road and be a bit more original with itself.

    • Molly / Apr 28 2013 2:24 pm

      Thanks! I agree completely, they sort of fell into the pattern of many other films of a similar nature. Thanks for reading!

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