Oblivion (I) (2013)
124 min – Action | Adventure | Mystery – 11 April 2013 (Indonesia)
Director: Joseph Kosinski
Writers: Joseph Kosinski (graphic novel), Joseph Kosinski (original story),
Stars: Tom Cruise, Morgan Freeman, Olga Kurylenko |
A veteran assigned to extract Earth’s remaining resources begins to question what he knows about his mission and himself.
There are many ways to describe Oblivion, but the softly spoken afterword by Tom Cruise’s character really makes you feel the human heartbeat of this sci-fi epic. As always, the trailer is full of explosions and set pieces. Oblivion the movie is an entirely different beast that values a human story and characters that are driven by common purpose. While the cast is tiny, I found much to enjoy from Cruise, Riseborough, Freeman and that Nordic guy from Headhunters who is showing up more frequently in Hollywood blockbusters. Aside from unusually limited screen-time, Morgan and other supporting cast are effective and memorable.
The threads of the plot are well-woven and I won’t give anything away, so what I will tell you is to prepare for a powerful journey into the unknown where nothing is what it seems. Explosive set pieces take a backseat for sci-fi philosophy with twists to spare. Tom Cruise plays Tom Cruise but that’s not a bad thing in this case, in fact his natural charisma carries the movie through some of its slower sections. Morgan Freeman plays Morgan Freeman though he’s really not on screen for long enough to influence the movie one way or another. Olga Kurylenko’s statuesque profile is unfortunately not matched by her acting ability and I often found it difficult to believe in her character’s actions and emotions. Andrea Riseborough turns in maybe the best performance, convincing as the sad and confused Victoria, unwilling – or perhaps unable – to confront the disturbing truth.
At over 2 hours I think that it’s too long by about 20 minutes. A shorter cut would tighten up the story and eliminate some of the slower sections which I think hurt the movie’s overall rhythm and flow.
Overall, I would definitely recommend going to see this movie in the cinema, on the biggest screen that you can find. It just won’t be the same on TV. The visual appeal alone is reason enough, but combined with a clever (if not entirely original) script, a thumping soundtrack and some exciting action, you should be entertained.