I got the chance to see Oblivion (starring Tom Cruise) last Sunday evening. I’m giving the movie two dry and withered thumbs up.
There were a couple of very nice twists in the movie, but what really brought me into the fold with this movie was the ambient setting and the emotional connections and discoveries throughout the movie.
The flashback sequence near the end of the movie made my heart flutter with emotion. Its the great moments like those that take a movie from a movie to an experience for me.
There were moments in the movie that were obvious call backs to other treasured movies: Independence Day, I Am Legend, Robocop, Alien, and probably others I’m not remembering right now.
In the end, I like the way all of these elements were put together. The performances really helped understand the plot and direction, if you pay very close attention.
My reaction was quite a bit different from my friend who was also watching it there with me. She couldn’t stand it. And after further movie discussions and preferences, it was quite easy to figure out why she hated it and this really explains a lot about some polarizing movies.
If you don’t like movies that are slow and have only small segments of significant dialogue, this movie might not be for you. The movie does a lot to try to suck you in with visuals and a few repeated phrases between characters to get you into the lives of the two protagonists.
If you want a movie to be more of a Point A to Point B story, this one will put you in some stomach wrenching loops.