Critics report: Tom Cruise's Oblivion visually appealing
After Rock of Ages and Jack Reacher, Tom Cruise will now be seen in Joseph Kosinski's sci-fi thriller Oblivion. However, while Tom Cruise seems to have fared well, the film may not have much new to offer.Updated: Apr 12, 2013 14:51 IST
After Rock of Ages and Jack Reacher, Tom Cruise will now be seen in Joseph Kosinski's sci-fi thriller Oblivion. However, while Tom Cruise seems to have fared well, the film may not have much new to offer.
Cast: Tom Cruise, Morgan Freeman, Andrea Riseborough, Olga Kurylenko
Director: Joseph Kosinski
Plot Synopsis: Jack (Tom Cruise), a veteran is assigned to extract Earth's remaining resources begins to question what he knows about his mission and himself
According to the critics, Tom Cruise seems to have fared well but the film does not have much new to offer.
Anthony Quinn, The Independent
The film is an amalgam itself scavenged from parts of Total Recall, 2001: A Space Odyssey, Alien and even a pinch of Top Gun, with Cruise reprising his flyboy moves inside a superfast helicopter thingy (the technical term).
There's a bit too much manly stunt stuff, the better likes of which we've seen in the Mission: Impossible extravaganzas and elsewhere, but generally Cruise plays it naturalistic and low-key here, likable and to solid effect. Riseborough, who was the one person worth watching in Madonna's wretched W.E., is an inspired bit of casting as she brings prim, snappy delivery to many routine lines and irrepressible emotion to her later behavior. Kurylenko is more than plausible as a woman who would inspire recurring dreams in Jack, while Leo has so much personality that she can burst right through the limitations of her video screen-only appearances and still register strongly.Guy Lodge, Time Out
Whatever its other shortcomings, Kosinski’s 2010 directorial debut Tron: Legacy constructed a virtual-reality universe so sharply dressed and decorated it was hard to see why the characters kept trying to escape.
He has repeated that trick in his follow-up, Oblivion, a sleek sci-fi playground of gleaming cloud palaces, where French hipsters M83 provide the electro-classical beats and even Tom Cruise’s dirtied radiation suit looks runway-ready. Set in 2077, 60 years after aliens supposedly laid waste to our planet and forced humanity into this chic sky shelter, ‘Oblivion’ suggests the apocalypse may not be all bad news.
Like a haute couture designer with no grasp of ready-to-wear garb, Kosinski continues to lavish far more thought on how his elaborate fantasy worlds look than how they work, and neither the politics nor the human stakes here coalesce into rational or relatable drama. ‘Oblivion’ finally plods even as it dazzles; a flick through Kosinski’s sketchbook would be quicker and equally impressive.
Justin Chang, Variety
Although Universal’s publicity department has asked that journalists refrain from spilling the secrets of Oblivion, the major revelations, once they arrive, will hardly surprise anyone familiar with Total Recall, The Matrix and the countless other sci-fi touchstones hovering over this striking, visually resplendent adventure. Pitting the latest action-hero incarnation of Tom Cruise against an army of alien marauders, director Joseph Kosinski’s follow-up to Tron: Legacy is a moderately clever dystopian mindbender with a gratifying human pulse, despite some questionable narrative developments along the way. The less-than-airtight construction and conventional resolution may rankle genre devotees, though hardly to the detriment of robust overall B.O.
Kosinski’s architectural background is apparent in the picture’s suave, rounded design concepts and clean, coherent compositions, the effect of which is gloriously enveloping in Imax. Insofar as Oblivion is first and foremost a visual experience, a movie to be seen rather than a puzzle to be deciphered, its chief pleasures are essentially spoiler-proof.
First Published: Apr 12, 2013 14:27 IST