Though i was excited to see it i was unsure going into Oblivion whether or not it was going to be worth my time since the trailers do such a strange job of advertising it. They all start slow, meditative and in most cases even monochromatic; showing us protagonist Jack Harper as he goes about his business as a sort of live-action Wall-E, cleaning and maintaining a post-apocalyptic future earth. These shots fascinated me but of course they aren’t all that it contained, after a minute or so the cutting becomes more frenetic and we start to see flashes of Cruise fighting, shooting and otherwise causing an overload ruckus. These I could take or leave, but I feared that they forecasted a shallower film than the first half suggested.
Well, does it make the same slip-up as that aforementioned animation during its second half into Transformers territory? No, the film is fairly consistent in its slow pace and small scale, which was a really refreshing surprise. Is it shallow? Yes, but its also got the most beautiful surface of any film I’ve seen this year and I’m not just talking about Tom Cruise. So if you thought, like me, that those trailers were concrete evidence that Oblivion was going to be a simple blockbuster you were mistaken, but they are right in so many other ways…reprehensibly so. Almost spoiling the film singlehandedly.
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