Oblivion – 3 out of 5
This post-apocalyptic sci-fi action thriller (can I fit any more adjectives in there?) was a film that I ended up struggling with mentally to come up with the proper score that I felt comfortable with. There’s A LOT of great things working in this film’s favor and only one real detractor. With all the epic that is thrown in, a 4 out of 5 seemed almost assured but that one detractor makes a 4 feel too generous. Since I don’t give out half points (and this literally would have been a time where 3.5 would make a lot of sense), I settled on a 3 out of 5…and I’m still not sure if I shouldn’t bump it up to a 4.
|Even if I don't bump this up to a 4, at least I found the cover to my first metal album.|
|"This gun is armed to the teeth with 'pew-bullets.'"|
|She's suppose to be overseeing Harper's repairs of the drones but it's clear she|
is watching YouTube videos of cats.
Like I said, I struggled with my score for this movie because I really enjoyed it and there were a lot of really great and awesome things working in its favor. First and foremost, the special effects are some of the best I’ve ever seen in my life. Everything from the destroyed landscape to the killer-looking drones in action, shooting things with their futuristic alien-blasters, looks incredible and incredibly realistic. The scenes where you get to watch the cool (albeit, kinda testicle-looking) ship Jack Harper zooms around in just look fantastic and are just exciting to see because the sequences are not only enjoyable from a storytelling perspective but from a “wow, they really worked hard on that scene to make everything look realistic and non-special effects-y.”
|Yeah, the ship looks like a dick but tell me you wouldn't fly the hell out of it.|
|Sure they kill everything in sight but they sound awesome!|
|A woman with a pouty-face? Classic sci-fi.|
|Shockingly, this film didn't rely on Cruise's two go-to moves: Sprinting and smiling.|
The Two S's.
As I stated, there was one element that kept me from giving this film the nearly deserving score of 4 out of 5 and that element was the middle part of the film drags badly and I found it to be really boring and it allowed my attention to wander too easily (but it didn’t happen because I still wanted to watch the bubble ship fly and those great special effects splash across the screen). Everything else about this movie is great: Special effects, sound, story, the characters are interesting and all the actors are great in their roles—hell, there’s even some funny moments thrown in here and there to break up the monotony. However, I just got bored in the middle of the film and started to think that the great opening to the movie was as good as it got—thankfully, the movie redeemed itself with a great, compelling ending that seemed to make up for the boring middle half.
|You gotta wonder if he narrated the planet's destruction and if people just suddenly|
became okay with the decimation that occurred around them.
Oblivion is fantastic. It has an entertaining story, the action is great, the special effects are some of the best movies have ever had and the actors all do their job phenomenally. The only issue is that the film’s story takes a major dip in the middle. Yes, the opening and close are mind-blowingly tremendous but the middle part really couldn’t keep pace, live up to or even stand on the same ground as those two parts and that really hurt the film for me. Other than that, Oblivion was better than I anticipated since I really didn’t have much in the way of expectations going into it.
|And Jaime Lannister is in it with both of his hands. What's up with that?!?|