If I were to sum up “Oblivion” I would say that it is the much awaited movie that crashed down face first and offered little to satiate the movie freak inside me.
The movie revolves (literally!) around Tom Cruise and despite the promising star cast being shown in the trailer, all that could be seen in the movie was Mr. Cruise. Tom Cruise fails to impress despite the entire movie revolving around him. His “all over the place” appearance doesn’t help the movie in anyways, rather at a certain point the movie starts to give the inkling that it had been made to resurrect the falling career of Mr. Cruise.
The sequence of events would make you wonder when did everything start and will it come to an end. The only characters that competes with Tom Cruise in making screen appearance are ‘drones’, robots that were programmed to help humans, but turn the bad-guy somewhere. Does the plot sound like I-robot? Well, it does try to replicate the movie and fails badly in making any impression!
We sat down for “Oblivion” and waited and waited for another soul to show up on the screen other than the tired looking, youth-faking star on screen. I have been a huge fan of Tom Cruise, but I guess the time has come when he should bid good bye to the roles that require him to play a character much younger than his real self.
A proposal on top of the Empire State building” sounds good but is absolutely undesirable when you go on to watch a science fiction that aims to show the year 2077. Oblivion has certainly been acclaimed as an original, but that doesn’t help the down trodden story line. The oozing romance between Tom Cruise and Olga Kurylenko lacks spark and looked fake enough to urge the viewers to walk out of the theater. The story has been stretched to a point that a bullet in guts doesn’t let the victim to die rather wait for the medication to arrive (and survive) through what seemed like an eternity, without any first aid being given! Well, the movie does seem to have taken place in future but no piece of equipment seemed to help the victim from dying in the middle of nowhere with that bullet inside the ribs.
The movie did seem to pick up the plot for an instance at several places, for instance a scene where Jack (Tom Cruises’ role in the movie) goes down a building in search of a drone, or the time he witnesses a stray dog barking around, but over done replication of events and a story that hasn’t been stitched together well led the plot to the same place, i.e- Nowhere!
“Oblivion” obviously fails to make an impression and could have been made much better, it certainly has a promising star cast but the pathetic story line and the repeated appearance of Tom Cruise and the tragic love story fails to impress.
My advice would be that if you are going for Oblivion then forget popcorn, take a headache pill, it will come in handy when your head bursts with the outburst of information and the tragic turn of events in the movie.