Movie Review #348: Oblivion

A good sci-fi with right mix of questions and answers

Definitely inspired by Stanley Kubrick’s ‘2001: A Space Odyssey’, Oblivion is not as thought-provoking and may even be considered as lacking in originality, but it’s still an entertaining and visually-superb film. It packs the same amount of action and ideas, and the futuristic setting is a feast to the eyes. Ever since Tron Legacy, Joseph Kosinski has proven to everyone that he has skill when it comes to creating massive worlds with unique themes. He has never disappointed with his visual effects, though he still needs to work on storytelling. I’d like to see him do more of this, but hopefully with much more talented writers behind him. He could go a long way as long as he learns from his past works. But for now, I’m satisfied with what he was able to accomplish with this movie. And with Tom Cruise and Olga Kurylenko’s performances, there became a sense of humanity in this film. The ending will polarize many, as it depends on audiences’ taste and preference when it comes to sci-fi offerings. But for me, it simply had a good combination of questions and answers, and it left me satisfied by the end.

GRADE: B

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