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"Oblivion" (2013)


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Tom Cruise saves the world again! This is a handsome looking but generic sci-fi adventure. The director aims for Kubrick but the results are more like a tv sci-fi series. It's one of those movies which seem to dissapear as you are watching it and the plot makes no sense .

 

Edited by: joefilmone on May 11, 2013 8:48 PM

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Thanks for the tip joe. I usually try to avoid any knowledge about a film before I see it in the theater, assuming I'll have a purer reaction that way. I just went to see Into Darkness on that basis. Somehow within 5 minutes, I figured out where it was headed. I was disappointed by film for several reasons, particularly the way it trashed "Star Trek canon." I'm not one of those sticklers that insist on perfection but there are limits to authorial freedom in such a long-running phenomenon. Perhaps we should start a thread on that subject. On the other hand, I appreciate your opinion of Oblivion. It may have departed the screen by the time I get around to it but now when I do view it, I won't be falsely hoping for recompense for the disappointment of Darkness and Prometheus. The sci-fi club I belong to has a running feature "Science Fiction + Fantasy Hall of Fame." I'm sure that Cruise will eventually make it onto this list purely by the number of SFF movies he's appeared in.

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I missed viewing Prometheus in the theater but I've seen it on disk. My reaction was similar to everyone else but the movie has been jangling around in the back of my mind ever since. The plot is complicated because Scott was attempting to create motive for the Alien species after-the-fact, a very difficult task. I will definitely have to give it another look. Besides, Rapace is interesting to watch. My only knowledge about her is the "Girl" movies, I'll have to do a little researching about her.

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