Wednesday, 24 April 2013

(film review) - Oblivion

Only through watching this film, I realise I have a degree of liking for Tom Cruise. I don't love the guy or love his films, but I do enjoy them. I sat down in the cinema watching this film while the person next to me was whining about how I'm never picking a film again and how they can't stand Tom Cruise, I on the other hand thought it was bizzarre. I mean, I've said it before, Tom Cruise in a film is, well, Tom Cruise. Kind of like how Jason Statham is Jason Statham and some actors don't necessarily totally embody themselves into a character and make that character their own. You could say that about a lot of actors and maybe say, this is bad acting. But when I got hom I realised, maybe it isn't bad acting, it's a method of having a living person stand out as that person rather than a character played out. So instead of seeing the characters played by Tom, you see Tom playing different characters, which is a lot different. Anyway, just something I was thinking. think about it.

However, after all of that, I'd like to say I enjoyed the film. Why? because it's a Tom cruise film and they are always entertaining and you not what to expect. Action, some romance and a little cheese here and there. Two, I found the story really good. I'll explain.

Jack Reacher is a...sorry, Jack Harper is a technician of unit Tech 49 who, along with his partner Victoria (Andrea Riseborough) are the clean up crew of a desecrated earth in the year 2077, 50 years after aliens partly destroyed the moon which in turn destroys most of planet Earth. They are assigned to maintain patrol of the planet or area, ensuring all drones are operational and the resources extracting machines used for gathering earth resources are fully operational so all contents can be transported to the human colony situated on Saturns largest moon, Titan. Scavengers or Scavs for short are beings who dwell on earth who make monitoring of drones and the resource extraction machines difficult to take care of.

With only two weeks until Jack and Victoria head back to the colony situated on Saturns largest moon, an alien craft crash lands and when Jack investigates the crash, he finds the female of his dreams, literally. From this point, Jack starts to question his memories as well as his actions and who he works for.

Without spoiling the film, I could only say that this film is a combination of other great films before it. I won't mention them as this will reveal spoilers, but the beauty of the story told, visually is great. At one point, it reminded me of a Halo game. Visually impressive. The weapons, the tech and even the earth. The ruins of planet Earth after Tsunami's, Earthquakes and a Nuke, looks absolutely beautiful. Ice, desert sand dirt and waterfalls and lake make for impressive imagery. Even the Chopper/Jet Jack flies which has an inbuilt bike, yes.....a in built bike you can just pull out and ride away on are amazing. The building they live in and the....EVERYTHING. It's like living in a Apple computer. Sleek and shiney everything. But above all the visuals, if should you be really interested in the story or Tom Cruise being, well....Tom Cruise, I would say stick it out to the end as, maybe it's me...but I didn't expect the story to pan out the way it did. Nice, clever and visually stunning, but from the director of Tron: Legacy, what would you expect? Kind of like Poetry accompanied with a oil painting.



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