Film Review: Oblivion (Universal Pictures)

oblivion-movie-directed by Joseph Kosinski
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Tom Cruise stars in Oblivion.

Tom Cruise stars in Oblivion.

by Pouya G. Asadi

oblivion_tom_cruise_posterCinema in the year 2013 has been promising so far and Universal takes a first stab at the summer season with sci-fi blockbuster Oblivion, a fantastic display of the future of science fiction.  Tom Cruise has helped create another epic film under his franchise name.  Filmmaker Joseph Kosinski has come a long way from simply directing television commercial ads and the like.  Oblivion proves that Kosinski is here to stay in Hollywood while being a bright and talented director.

Oblivion portrays Cruise as veteran repairman Jack, assigned to extract Earth’s remaining elements, but in reality he is just another blue-collar worker.  What you’re seeing is Earth 60 years after a global war against scavengers from another planet.  Jack lives in a tower high above Earth’s atmosphere and performs routine maintenance to the soldier-like drones that inhabit the land below.

Kosinski and crew have really mutated the way a cliché science fiction film executes plot lines while ‘throwing a monkey wrench in the gears’ every now and then. Kosinski has taken camera and front projection technology that was first mastered in Stanley Kubrick’s 2001: Spacey Odyssey while injecting his own trademark set and massive props that are seen throughout. For only being Kosinski’s sophomore feature effort (after Tron: Legacy), Oblivion breaks sci-fi boundaries and further promises the career of this young talented filmmaker.


Olga Kurylenko and Tom Cruise star in Oblivion.

Official Oblivion Website

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