Oblivion (2013)

Director: Joseph Kosinski
Writer: Joseph Kosinski, Karl Gajdusek, Michael Arndt
Based on: Joseph Kosinski’s and Arvid Nelson‘s unpublished comic
Cast: Tom Cruise, Olga Kurylenko, Andrea Riseborough, Morgan Freeman, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Melissa Leo, Zoe Bell

Jack (Tom Cruise) and Vicka (Andrea Riseborough) are the only people left on earth. Everybody else has left after aliens attacked the earth and the only way to get rid of them were nuclear bombs. Now Jack and Vicka are tasked with drone repair, while the last of the water is sucked up to be transported to the human colony. But there are still some aliens on earth that keep attacking. Bit by bit though, Jack starts questioning what’s going on.

Oblivion stole most of its parts from famous SciFi movies and jumbles them together in absolutely meaningless and idiotic ways. It could have succeeded in being an homage, if it had been able to become more than just a string of scenes and plot points we already saw somewhere else. But unfortunately it just isn’t clever enough for that.


To give you an idea of just how derivative that movie is: I called the two major plot points, one from the fucking trailer and the other within the first 20 minutes or so of the movie itself. There are bits and pieces of 2001: A Space Odyssey, Moon, Wall-E, War of the Worlds, Independence Day, Solaris – to name but a few.

As I said, if Kosinski had put all of that together in a way that was smart or at least made sense, it could have been pretty awesome. But unfortunately that wasn’t the case. Instead it was utterly ridiculous, made no sense and yet managed to be completely predictable.


And to make things even worse, it was boring and soooooo fucking long, it was practically unbearable. And I just really didn’t care for Jack. And the thing with Julia was idiotic. I did like Vicka, but the movie sidelines her as soon as Julia turns up and then she’s completely forgotten about.

There are two things that really work in the film: one, it is beautiful to look at, especially in the beginning. Two, Jack’s helicopter thingy is freaking awesome. I want one. But other than that, the entire film is best forgotten about.


Summarising: Nah.

3 thoughts on “Oblivion (2013)

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  2. Yeah, the trailer gave too much away. Other than that, I loved it. Saw it in the IMAX and the images blew me away. Kosinski is probably the only guy left in Hollywood who really commemorates imagery. There were so many beautiful shots. I also found the movie very engrossing, and not long and/or boring at all. Then again, I’m an absolute SF-geek, and this really seemed to harken back more to the classics of the genre than the more recent, modern ones, at least when it comes to style. It was all very old-school, and I loved every second of it. :-)

    • Since we’ve discussed this already extensively in person, we both know what we think about it, I guess. But we will never change each other’s minds about this film. Thank goodness we don’t have to. ;)
      Kosinski just isn’t my dude.

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