[Review] Oblivion


Director: Joseph Kosinski(Tron Legacy)

Writers: Karl Gajdusek (screenplay), Michael Arndt(screenplay),  Joseph Kosinski (graphic novel original story)

Stars:  Tom Cruise plays Jack Harper(Mission Impossible & Minority Report), Morgan Freeman plays Beech (Shawshank Redemption, Olympus Has Fallen), Olga Kurylenko plays Julia(Happy-Go-Lucky (2008), Welcome to the Punch), Andrea Riseborough plays Victoria (Quantum of Solace (2008), The Hitman)

M.Y: Firstly I would like to give some movie viewing tip. If you are going to spend virtually the whole day at the cinemas, do your research, and start with the one with the least potential. I made this mistake of seeing Inception and then Salt sometime back, I don’t think I have liked Salt till this very day. If I had tried it the other way round, probably I would have appreciated it better.

Zubby: Obviously you didn’t learn your lesson. You went ahead and did the same thing with Iron Man 3 and  Oblivion. Sigh

M.Y: Well I am smarter now. So back to the review. It is quite ironical, the title completely depicts the effect the movie has on you when you are done. I really didn’t take anything away from the movie(just like most of Tom Cruise’s movies recently). Yeah there were a few twists and turns which made me smile a bit here and there, but I wasn’t drawn into the movie that much. I found myself checking Display Pictures on my Black Berry even during some of the few battle scenes in the movie.


The Script


M.Y: On a spectacular future Earth that has evolved beyond recognition(Empire State Building is at ground level), one man’s confrontation with the past will lead him on a journey of redemption and discovery as he battles to save mankind. 2077: Jack Harper (Cruise playing Jack “again”) serves as a security repairmen stationed on an evacuated Earth.

Zubby: Part of a massive operation to extract vital resources after decades of war with a terrifying alien threat who still scavenges what’s left of our planet. Jack’s soaring existence is brought crashing down after he rescues a beautiful stranger from a downed spacecraft.

M.Y: Drawn to Jack through a connection that transcends logic, her arrival triggers a chain of events that forces him to question everything he thought he knew. With a reality that is shattered as he discovers shocking truths that connect him to Earth of the past, Jack will be pushed to a heroism he didn’t know he contained within.

Zubby: The fate of humanity now rests solely in the hands of a man who believed our world was soon to be lost forever. (c)Universal

M.Y: And yes, you guessed right. All we did was read the movie synopsis released by the studio to you guys. There is nothing more to this movie’s script to talk about. It was F.L.A.T


The Directing


M.Y: Okay. Lets for a moment forget about the story and focus on the Directing, Cinematography,  Art Direction, Special Effects and Visual Effects team. I didn’t enjoy what my mind processed but what my eyes saw, was amazing. This is a movie from the different departments which brought us a collection of award winning movies like Curious Case of Benjamin Burton, Tron: Legacy, Life of Pi, Live Free or Die Hard, Mission Impossible 4, Iron Man 1&2  and the list goes on.

Zubby: The movie’s sound engineering team also deserves some credit. The outstanding sound design in the movie was engineered using the Dolby Atmos technology. Yet to be in any Nigerian theater though, it brings an amazing feel to movie viewing and listening experience.


The Acting


M.Y: As always, Tom Cruise’s performance was enjoyable, but not memorable. But the most memorable character of all in the movie was Drone 166. Even as a robot, it was made to have emotions.

Zubby: You could see when its rogue and when it is calm. That was just a beautiful work of art to me. Olga Kurylenko’s performance was another which I liked about the movie. In all everyone did well.


The Verdict


M.Y: Popcorn and Water for me. I enjoyed the effects and visuals and the soundtrack was dope.

Zubby: I mean, has been on replay since yesterday on my laptop, I would even vote for it to win an Oscar, but the story was just too flat for us to rate it any higher.