"Oblivion"... still dunno what to think about it...
Not a bad film at all but certainly no blockbuster movie.
On one hand, Oblivion has an awful lot going for it, but ultimately suffers from a lack of originality and a tendency to feel shop-worn. It is good sci-fi, and looks marvellous, with set-design and special effects of the highest caliber. It begins well and creates an air of intrigue and fascination as a smaller story on a large scale when we only have three characters on screen -- Tom Cruise and Andrea Riseborough as Earth's only inhabitants and Melissa Leo as their off-Earth contact who is overseeing their mission. Here, despite so much familiarity from the likes of Wall-E, Saturn 3, Moon, Total Recall and other previous sci-fi movies besides, with such outstanding production values, good performances and certain intrigue, it works - and works well - in creating a believable and fascinating world. When the dynamics change through the introduction of Olga Kurylenko's character and the threat of the Scavs, here is where it flounders, in my opinion. This is because the Scavs are poorly written and too obvious in what they are, and after establishing a sense of place and purpose, here's a facet of the story that's terribly underwritten and presented for the audience to take, largely, on face-value because this aspect of the film is so familiar. Especially when we go into Star Wars and Independence Day territory. Overall, I did like Oblivion, but I didn't love it -- I thought Tom Cruise was ideally cast, however, and was nothing less than impressed by Joseph Kosinski's vision on what's only his second film as a director. But with originality sorely amiss, the best of Oblivion is often overshadowed by familiarity.