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Thursday, September 05, 2013

Oblivion



This week's movie rental was Oblivion, a 2013 post-apocalyptic science fiction film directed by Joseph Kosinski and starring Tom Cruise, Andrea Riseborough, Olga Kurylenko, Morgan Freeman, and Danish actor Nikolaj Coster-Waldau (who I've been watching lately in New Amsterdam).

The movie was based on a graphic novel by Kosinski, who also directed Tron: Legacy (my review is here). Much of the movie was shot in Iceland (like Prometheus) and some was filmed at June Lake, California ...



It's set in 2077 and is ostensibly about Jack, a repairer of drones who operates from a cloud-bedecked worktower where he's stationed with his partner. As he tells us in a voice-over ....



It's been half a century since the Scavengers destroyed our moon, forced to leave their own dying planet, they came to take ours. Without the moon the Earth was thrown into chaos. Earthquakes toppled cities within hours, tsunami's wiped out what remained, then came the invasion. We did what we had to do, we used the nukes. We won the war, but lost the planet, left it contaminated, most of it uninhabitable. What remained of humanity had to leave the Earth. We build the Tet, our mission control, a temporary space station before the migration to Titan, Saturn's largest moon. Everyone's there now. Well, almost everyone.



The movie had really good special effects, interesting sets and scenic locations, and the acting was good, but apparently the movie got mostly poor reviews because of the script (like the one in the NYT). Here's a video review by Richard Roper ...



OK, some of the storyline was weak and there wasn't a lot of character development and some of it looked borrowed from sci fi classics, but I did like the movie - partly because of how it looked, partly because of the character of Jack, and partly because of the elements of self-sacrifice and the triumph of identity over biology (sadly, I can't say more without spoiling the surprises).

2 Comments:

Anonymous Richard said...

I agree with you. While I found the story line unremarkable, actually I don't really remember it, I do remember those giant floating structures, the eeriness of a virtually empty earth and some really cool flying vehicles that somebody should have invented by now.

8:19 AM  
Blogger crystal said...

I know most people feel cheated if a story isn't great, but one of the things I really enjoy about science fiction (and fantasy) movies is being able to see realistic images of things that are actually impossible. Can't wait until we have holodecks! :)

1:20 PM  

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