Oblivion – a review

    This past weekend, your grocers here at EthnicFoodsAisle.com went to see the new Tom Cruise flick, Oblivion. We’re going to take this opportunity to give you a quick review of the movie.

   We personally believe that the single most important element of a good movie is the story. You gotta have the story. Think about it. How many old movies do we still watch despite the outdated graphics because it has a good story. The visuals, the sound quality, and even the acting all contribute to making a movie great, but if it doesn’t have the structure that a solid story provides then it all falls apart. That being said, Oblivion had a good, solid story. The pacing was good, the twists and turns were built up effectively and the characters were well fleshed out. At least as much as was needed. I don’t really have any complaints about the storyline. At the same time, I’m not in love with it. It was just good. Not mind blowing. Not heart wrenching or amazing. It was good. Worth seeing.
    Back to the characters, there were 4 maybe 5 characters of any significance. Jack (Tom Cruise) and Victoria (Andrea Riseborough) are the main characters. They did a really good job of fleshing these characters out. You can really feel the rift growing between them. They very obviously come from a different place. Jack very much wants to stay and Vica very much wants to leave. It’s simple but very effective.
    The other characters don’t get nearly as much screen time and thus aren’t as well fleshed out. Beech (Morgan Freeman) and Julia (Olga Kurylenko) are pretty straightforward characters so it didn’t really hurt them at all, but there is a fifth character named Sykes (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau) that I think needed some more attention. Essentially, he is introduced as being antagonistic towards what Beech is doing with Jack, but he doesn’t get very much interaction except to voice some discontent and some screen time being an effective soldier.  So, when the time comes that Jack has finally earned Sykes’ respect, we don’t really care as much. It isn’t as powerful as it could’ve been if they had given them more interaction.
   The visuals were great. The settings and the props and CG were all excellent. Just what we should expect from a big budget scifi movie. I have some serious doubts about the flight capabilities of the ship Jack flies around in, but that’s not so big a concern for me. I am fully prepared to suspend disbelief when I enter the movie theater. The plane flies because of science. Excellent! Lets move on with the story.
    The drones were especially excellent. They were really well animated, but what sent them over the top for me was their sound design. It was just simple beeps, but the rich tone of it and the lack of a voice made them very alien and creepy. You were never sure that they wouldn’t just up and blow Jack into a pile of Hero dust.
    Overall, the movie was really good. Really worth seeing. Did it change my life? No. Was it a really good time? Yes. If I had one complaint, it would be this. ***SPOILER****  When the drone kills Victoria. They don’t show it. I wasn’t entirely sure she had died for a good minute or so. I think this really hurt the emotional pull that the scene should have engendered. Seeing, the horror would have had a much more powerful impact. That is really my only true complaint. The whole thing with Sykes, that I mentioned earlier wasn’t really a big deal. But this was important. Not game breaking though. That being said, go see this movie. Do it! It really is worth it.
-Matthew Whaley

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