Oblivion Review



Oblivion is a Movie

Danny Smith, Humor Columnist

Tom Cruise usually has been cast as one of three things:
The “best”
The “rookie”
or some form of military officer.

Seriously, out of 41 movies, he’s been military personnel for 14 of them, and a 15th if you count an elf warrior as one.

Oblivion, the recent 2013 spectacle, is of no exception. In this movie, Tom plays Jack Harper (his third role named Jack (right after the movie Jack Reacher)), a very likeable droid repairman/soldier-esque astronaut toting a big-ol’ futuristic gun.

I plan on giving away none of the plot. None.
Tyler Durden was the original member of Foster’s Home for Imaginary Terrorists.
Soylent Green is people.
Mrs. Vorhees was the murderer! (The first time, not the 11 afterward)

Anyway, Oblivion was a high budget, low dialogue, “feels” filled romp. Considering the movie is set in a post-apocalyptic wasteland, gorgeous scenery populates the screen with vivid colors.

The camera angles are never shaky, even in the heat of the action scenes. Unlike the Bourne Ultimatum (which I think may have given me whiplash at 13), Oblivion delivers fluid motion at interesting camera angles that don’t require vomit bags in the theater seat in front of you.

The main focus of many science fiction movies (in terms of filming) is the special effects. This movie has breathtaking examples of how shiny, glowy things with sleek shapes and guns attached would make the world so much better (Still waiting on that bill to pass, CONGRESS).

Tom Cruise’s shiny, glowy, sleek visage also adds to the film’s power as he does what he does best: be Tom Cruise. Seriously, his characters are always expressive, likeable and work well in the surrounding. My suspension of disbelief was never broken, even during all the flying bubble spaceships, droids, and all the spoilers I won’t mention because they weren’t in commercials.

While the plot is loose, dialogue sparse, and a few questions not answered as they appear on screen, extremely simple context clues answer and discredit about 95% of all possible plotholes.

The whole “the bad guys don’t need backstory, let’s just blow em’ up” approach was a pretty good move on Joseph Kosinski’s part. Even though it’s kind of implied why they’re doing it, it doesn’t really add anything to the movie to explicitly state why Tom Cruise is going to wreck their ship.

Overall, Oblivion delivers an entertaining and immersive movie with very little focus on the basic plot structure. I can name the movies that had the same plot twists as it did (it had multiple #Shamylanwouldbeproud) but the way they all intertwined did give the movie a unique feeling. Considering everything to come out of Hollywood since 2004 has been rehashed, a fresh feeling is more than encouraged.

I give this movie an 89/100. If you’re noticing a pattern of me giving high ratings to movies it’s because I only rate movies I really like. I’ll save the movie bashing for college newspapers.
Plus, this movie’s…