Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Theater Interruption (Oblivion)

Oblivion (2013)

Director: Joseph Kosinski
Writers: Michael DeBruyn (screenplay), Joseph Kosinski (graphic novel original story) and Karl Gajdusek (screenplay)
Stars: Tom Cruise, Morgan Freeman, Olga Kurylenko

Kosinski is building himself a decent track record in terms of visual execution as a director with this, his sophomore effort, following up his work in 2010's Tron Legacy. The film is definitely good looking and Tom Cruise is solid, if unspectacular, in the lead. Unfortunately, Morgan Freeman and Nikolaj Coster-Waldau are wasted on weak roles and the script is lacking, to put it lightly. At this point I'm convinced that the title was only recently pared down from the working title of Oblivion: A Copy and Paste Odyssey. By the time we reach the (overly drawn out) second act, it has become a game of "name the original source" for every plot point. With a cobbled together story that lacks anything resembling an emotional core, the only truly engaging part is attempting to spot the telegraphed plot twists before the reveal. Still, it is competently filmed and should satisfy any simple action cravings.

Score: 4 / 10

PS: I swear we'll get back to the movies on the shelf one of these days.

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