Went and saw Oblivion last night. Didn’t have many expectations on it other than to be visually spectacular, but I’m happy to report that not only is it indeed visually spectacular, the plot was much better than I thought it’d be. It took some turns that weren’t completely obvious, and the filmmakers even plugged a plot hole that had been nagging at my brain for much of the movie, which is almost unheard of. It won’t go down in history as a sci-fi classic or anything, but at least it didn’t have a completely empty shell of a plot.
15-year-olds raised on a diet of Michael Bay Transformers movies looking for an all-out action movie might be a bit disappointed however because while there is plenty of exciting action sequences, it’s not a rollercoaster ride kind of action movie. I thought it balanced nicely between story and action, though, and it never felt like it dragged on for too long.
I am admittedly a sucker for many of this film’s ingredients (sci-fi? check. post-apocalyptic? check. modern “minimalist” design? check. and so on) so I’m sure I’m much more forgiving of Oblivion’s flaws than others might be, but if you think it looks interesting, by all means go check it out.