Went to see Oblivion today and I was really surprised at how much I loved it. As in, one of my favorite science fiction movies in recent years.
This really felt like a much faster-paced version of an early 70s (2001 era) SF film. The clean, utopian machines and architecture, the lack of aliens lurking in the ductwork or old-west style shootouts with lasers… It’s not perfect, but science fiction fans should really dig it.
My neighbor mentioned that some of the more negative reviews he’d read cited sequences as derivative or reminiscent of other films. Perhaps, but this isn’t some sort of Frankenstein focus-group assemblage of popular sequences. With 111 years of science fiction films behind us now, it’s a bit hard to craft a completely original experience. The story is interesting, original, and not predictable.
My 10-year-old son, who would be asleep in the first 15 minutes of 2001: A Space Odyssey, loved it as well. Halfway through he asked “Are all real science-fiction movies this good?”
I’d suggest NOT reading reviews, and avoiding trailers if you haven’t seen them, as there are some moments in the movie that are much more enjoyable if you see them unfold, without expectations as to what will happen. Just go see it. If you’ve ever enjoyed a science fiction book, I think you’ll like Oblivion.
Caveat: If you’re looking for a more typical Tom Cruise action flick, this might not be the movie for you. Mission: Impossible Ghost Protocol this ain’t.