I haven’t been to the cinema for over a month, so when I saw that a new sci-fi movie was out, I leapt at the chance to go check it out.

Oblivion poster

Oblivion is a new sci-fi movie starring Tom Cruise. It’s set on Earth in the near future, after a devastating war with an alien race has ravaged the planet. Humanity has fled for Titan, the largest moon of Saturn, and has left behind machines that are slowly converting Earth’s water into energy to be transported to Titan. Jack (Tom Cruise) and Victoria (Andrea Riseborough) have been left behind to ensure the security drones are maintained and that the energy convertors are protected from the last remnants of the alien army who are still on earth’s surface.

The Good

  • It’s beautiful to look at
  • Good performances
  • Interesting designs

The OK

  • Slow pace
  • We don’t really empathise with the characters as much as I would have liked (similar to the movie Moon in this regard)

The Bad

  • Plot holes

Part of me really wanted to dislike this movie and to tell you how bad it was, and no, I’m not one of those people who hates Tom Cruise just for the sake of it. The slow pace and plot holes that started popping up (particularly towards the end of this movie) were a little annoying. But you know what? I can’t say that this was a terrible movie. I’ve watched enough really bad movies to be able to say that this isn’t one. But this movie is definitely not worthy of the 7.2 it’s getting on IMDB, and this is one case where the critics on RottenTomatoes have their their heads screwed on right since it’s gotten a rating of 57%.

Movie rating: This movie isn’t bad, but it isn’t very good. Its slow pace and plot holes make it an OK movie at best. It’s definitely not a must see, and I would only recommend this movie to huge sci-fi and Tom Cruise fans. It’s safe to assume that if you didn’t enjoy Tron (I didn’t, and Oblivion is directed by the same guy) that you shouldn’t watch this movie.

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