Director: Joseph Kosinski
Starring: Tom Cruise, Olga Kurylenko, Morgan Freeman
Arguably the first of the big summer blockbusters, Oblivion does not show much promise for the beginning of the big film season. The movie itself isn’t bad. But it’s not that good either. Much like director Joseph Kosinski’s previous debut film Tron: Legacy, Oblivion doesn’t amount to much more than a forgettable yet entertaining special effects show. The difference between this and Tron however is that the visual effects aren’t really that great. They’re not bad. Nothing in the movie is truly terrible though. It’s just a whole bunch of blah with a sci-fi story that is going to be almost too familiar for the audience. The only way you’ll be surprised by the “mystery” of this film is if you’ve never watched another science fiction film in your life.
This film is so forgettable that I’m having trouble finding much more to say about it. Tom Cruise was basically the same Tom Cruise he is in every movie. He’s a little bit more stoic perhaps in this performance. Olga Kurylenko is beautiful of course, but she doesn’t have any real use in the movie besides serving as eye candy. Morgan Freeman is insignificant at best.
I guess there are some pretty decent action sequences, maybe a showdown between two different characters about halfway through the film being the most entertaining, but there’s also some pretty messily put together sequences that are a little too “transformery” (disorienting, explosion filled, etc.) for me. This may be a film that turns into an easy re-watch that allows the audience to turn off some brain activity; a film that people can pop in to have some background noise while they’re doing something else.
In all honesty, I guess the movie I’ve described in the preceding paragraphs is really what everyone has come to expect out of the summer film season, but there are quite a few better options out right now. Those looking for a brilliant Minority Report type experience will be disappointed in this movie. Those going to see the movie in order to kill a couple of hours will probably be satisfied enough by the familiar sci-fi narrative and the traditional blockbuster feel of the spectacle.
I guess the bottom line with this film is that you could do worse… much worse.
My Rating: 2.5 out of 5