Release date in Malaysia: 11 April 2013
Genre: Sci-fi action
Running Time: 124 minutes
Director: Joseph Kosinski
Cast: Tom Cruise, Andrea Riseborough, Olga Kurylenko, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau and Morgan Freeman
Synopsis: “One of the few remaining drone repairmen assigned to Earth, its surface devastated after decades of war with the alien Scavs, discovers a crashed spacecraft with contents that bring into question everything he believed about the war, and may even put the fate of mankind in his hands” (UIP/Nuffnang).
Verdict: Is this an effective film? No, it is not an effective film. If you’ve seen enough movies, you’d definitely find Oblivion‘s plot highly predictable and cliched. It has the twist of Duncan Jones’ Moon (2009), further similarities with The Matrix (1999), and the ending from Independence Day (1996). Unoriginality doesn’t make a film unwatchable but its corny dialogues, plot holes (refer to spoiler section below) and unexciting short action sequences are just simply intolerable. However, with Tom Cruise playing another protagonist named Jack, Morgan Freeman playing the pirated Morpheus, Olga Kurylenko looking like a hotter version of Catherine Zeta-Jones, Andrea Riseborough getting naked, and the cool CGI, the tickets will sell.
Second opinion: “Sucks…” (Iris Loong).
Malaysian censorship: All nudity and sex scenes are cut.
Rating: 1.5 / 5
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Unmeticulous writing: The part where Jack (Tom Cruise) impersonates his clone (Tech 52) to visit its tower with his suit all dirty and his face wounded, why doesn’t the clone Victoria (Andrea Riseborough) question about what happened at all? Oh wait, to begin with, isn’t there supposed to be a live camera on the aircraft which would’ve shown the observant Victoria that Jack was fighting with another Jack?
Inconsistent character: So Jack collects books, keeps records, saves a living plant, saves a chick, but not the dog? I’m not even going to question how the dog managed to survive on Earth so long.
Horseshit ending: Like Independence Day, Cowboys & Aliens and World Invasion: Battle LA, the protagonist travels into the centre of the mothership of the unknown lifeform to detonate a bomb he carried along. The alien or whatever it is, is smart enough to check if Jack’s lying about his intentions of reporting back to the ship, but not smart enough to place enough drones every where as security. Seriously, they only have 3-5 drones and they’re positioned so far away from the brain of the ship that they can’t even fire their guns at Jack when he’s setting up the explosives. Jack sacrifices himself, his wife Julia (Olga Kurylenko) lives on and has his daughter. The final scene shows Julia delighted to see that the other clone of Jack (Tech 52) is found, implying that they’re going to be together. This is just so wrong…
|Spelling error: Vica = Victoria*|
Special thanks to Nuffnang for the premiere screening invites.