Friday, August 30, 2013
Kosinski, Cruise, Kurylenko, Freeman - Oblivion - film review
They were a right (politically) angry bunch when they came to deliver their (stark) verdict on the Cruise/Kosinski feature Oblivion.
This reviewer found NOTHING WRONG with it.
The visuals were top notch.
The characters were top notch.
The story turned out to be top notch.
I mean, yeah, it was fun(ny) when the Dettifoss waterfall in Iceland (that director Ridley Scott also chose for the opening sequence of his Prometheus film) turned up in the centre of ruined New York, but I only know this because I'm a tediously boring film buff. A fan of sci-fi expanse, visual splendour and take-your-brains-out joy rides, I can only say that Oblivion fit that bill. It was a totally acceptable attempt at earnest story telling, with great use of integrated apocalyptic modernity into its landscape. I loved the design of those drones, the utterly ruthless ED209-like spheres that can kill/fly in both directions at once. As was Cruise's ship. Proper hardcore gaming action. I loved the denouement, though I wish Morgan Freeman had been kept out of the trailer entirely.
Man, film critics are just a bunch of miserable bastards, some times. Go pay to watch a film every now and then, might help with the complacency.