3 1/2 out of 5 stars. Oblivion is better than the pretty borefest the preview lead me to believe it'd be. Still nothing amazing, just a nice mashup of/homage to 60s & 70s sci-fi movies (namely Planet of the Apes, 2001: A Space Odyssey, Omega Man) while being very reminiscent of Moon. Don't get me wrong, it still has all the dog ears and dings any Tom Cruise movie has, this one just seemed a little easier to digest.
A fairly average and predictable sci-fi story told via incredible special effects - many of which were practical, a refreshing change of pace. The cinematography was sharp and beautiful, the effects were subtle but futuristic and fun. Performance-wise, Tom Cruise did a surprisingly good job as Jack, the haunted remnant of humanity. Despite the corny final moments (at least they looked good) this was worth watching.
In this kind of movies, trying to balance romance between action and catastrophic world atmosphere between new hopes can be pathetic, lame and unsuccessful as it can be seen in Oblivion. For an easy script, this was a too long and ordinary movie except beautiful cinematography of course. By the way, is it just me who thinks that Tom Cruise's face is melting day by day?
Coming off as a big budget blend of MOON meets the original Planet of the Apes with none of the subtlety and full of the usual dialogue that states the obvious, Oblivion is engaging to watch mainly because it's story honours sci-fi and the anti-hero. Decidedly less chest-thumping than most American blockbusters it still suffers from terrible acting and predictable plotting but boasts arresting visuals. 2.5 stars
Oblivion might not be very original, frankly it seems more like a compilation of sci-fi clichés, but it worked for me. And the visuals makes up for the somewhat lacking story and dialog. Not being a fan of M83, I was pleasently surprised by how good the soundtrack was. The ending might be the film's weakest point, but the end credits song (featuring Susanne Sundfør) makes the film end on a highnote anyway. 4/5.
it gets one star for the production design and one for the cgi. apart from that, this "sci-fi" "movie" is just a conglomerate of old ideas put together to advertise the american way of life so bluntly that it almost hurts. also I remembered why I don't watch tom cruise movies.
of course, a bit too long, of course, cheesy dialogues, but i loved the atmospgere and the basic story, nice visuals; hated when other people and the Hope For Mankind came into picture; would have been 5 starts if without hope and other people