Oblivion (2013 film)

           Warning, spoilers contained in this review.
           Last night I saw Oblivion at the theatres. I kept wondering, how long can Tom Cruise keep looking like he’s only in his thirties when he’s already fifty? Anyways, Tom Cruise is, well, Tom Cruise in this movie. He feels natural in his role as Jack Harper, as if he really was a confused but curious drone technician in 2077, which is as good of a praise I can give to an actor. And Morgan Freeman? I just wished he had more screen time.
           Oblivion is at its strongest in its first half, when the world at 2077 is gradually being shaded in, and there are enough questions and suspense to keep a raised eyebrow. But by the middle of the movie when all the key pieces of the puzzle fall into place, the thusly revealed banal story becomes predicable. We know the plan that our heroes concocted will succeed, because after all, it is a Hollywood movie. Hence the latter half is just going through the motions. At least, the motions remain visually impressive.
           One thing that bothered me was why the futuristic guns carried by the techs didn’t prevent friendly fire onto their own drones? The drones already have targeting software advanced enough to visually distinguish enemies and allies, why couldn’t the same software be installed in the tech’s guns to prevent shooting at fellow techs and drones? Or better yet, guns can only be used by authorized techs, and if a tech goes rogue, they are de-authorized and cannot use the gun or explodes upon contact by an unauthorized user. It felt like the guns weren’t well thought through. Same could be said for the aircrafts.
           Oblivion was a middling sci-fi movie. The plot is nothing special, but there’s Tom Cruise for two hours, a bit of Morgan Freeman, and a post-apocalyptic Earth to explore.

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