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Director : Joseph Kosinski
Year Of Release : 2013
Principal Cast : Tom Cruise, Morgan Freeman, Olga Kurylenko, Andrea Riseborough, Melissa Leo, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Zoe Bell.
Approx Running Time : 124 Minutes
Synopsis: A drone repairman on post-apocalyptic Earth discovers that all is not right with his mission to protect massive fusion generators feeding power to the now off-planet human civilization. His recurring dreams of a mysterious woman lead him to believe that the local scavenger population has more than just guerrilla tactics on their mind, and the puzzle of why they keep stealing energy pods will lead to a revelation that will shake his very core.
What we think : This handsomely mounted, strangely antiseptic sci-fi opus is eminently watchable, yet comes complete with hints and echoes of other, often better, films before it. Cruise is his typically resolute self – he never phones in a performance – and Andrea Riseborough is eminently sexy, in a thoroughly clinical kinda way, and where the story does slip into mediocrity, the visuals are stunning and more than enough to maintain interest.
We are no longer an effective team.
Regardless of what you may think of his couch-jumping, Scientology-spruiking, Katie Holmes-divorcing antics, there’s no denying that Tom Cruise is one of the gradually diminishing number of legitimate movie stars currently getting working today. In an age when fame and stardom is as transient as a Kardashian wedding, and the A-List ranking changes almost weekly, Cruise remains a powerhouse in the Hollywood firmament, mainly thanks to canny decisions in which projects he takes on, and an unwavering commitment to providing a top-tier performance regardless of the material. The missteps along the journey have largely been minor (save for Far & Away, perhaps) and the Cruiser’s personal life doesn’t appear to really have had too much of a bearing on the success of his films. Mostly. I’m not a Cruise apologist – I think the Scientology religion to be an evil, corrupting influence on many fine people who would otherwise be completely normal – and nominally I tend to overlook the tabloid junk in favor of a bias-free look at whatever films people choose to make (Mel Gibson might be a complete f@ckwit, but his films remain compelling), so I approached Oblivion not with the rambling, ranting Cruise in front of mind, but the committed, top-flight screen star he’s spent his career becoming. Is Oblivion a misstep in that career? Or is it a quality genre film that will stand the test of time, outlasting even Cruise’s Ikea-couch fame?