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RE: Tom Cruise Always The Same? Huh? - 13/4/2013 7:33:07 PM   
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RE: Unexpectedly Good - 14/4/2013 12:40:00 AM   
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yes morgan freeman is a cliched moebius rip off


Brilliant typo.


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Derivative? - 14/4/2013 12:51:32 PM   
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In answer to the comments about derivative elements in the movie. Name me a Sci Fi movie that doesn't do this? Everything can be tracked to something else...
The wonders of Pandora? Whole story lifted from Ferngully and all the equipment stolen from Halo.
Elysium? Floating city in the sky for the rich and the poor below? The Cloud Minders - Star Trek http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Cloud_Minders
Elysium itself? Halo?
Very little is original. If you're entertained, the film did it's job. Unless it has a message - then it depends on your politics...

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RE: Derivative? - 14/4/2013 4:23:38 PM   
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Elysium itself? Halo?


Gerard O'Neill's book of Human Colonies In Space is from 1976. Completely off topic but this Halo comparison is really dumb and people need to stop making it.

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The least original sci-fi in history? - 14/4/2013 6:23:08 PM   
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As much as I enjoyed Oblivion, I couldn't help but notice the astronomical debt it owes to the other (mostly superior) sci-fi pictures that provide almost every image and idea this film has to offer. I counted, among others whose titles currently escape me, The Matrix, WALL-E, Moon, 2001, Prometheus, Independence Day, I Am Legend, Attack The Block, Sunshine, Dune, War Of The Worlds, Serenity, Star Trek... There are more. Not that this is a true criticism, however. More an observation of how it is more a piece of collage moviemaking, as opposed to being based on an original script and idea. In this respect it is a fairly unique type of sci-fi film, ironically. Furthermore, it's one of the prettiest films we've seen in a while, borrowing the imagery from Prometheus' breathtaking prologue for much of its entirety. There's nothing wrong with Cruise, Mogsy, Kurylehjskbcsjnko, Jaime Lannister, or discount Emily Blunt. It even works well as a rather unsubtle advert for green energy. All in all, it's not bad.

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RE: Oblivion - 14/4/2013 7:33:41 PM   
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Pleasantly surprised by this, thoroughly enjoyed it.

There's a computer game in particular that Oblivion reminds me off, but to name it would bring about massive spoilers for the film in doing so, so I won't. Needless to say the whole film riffs off dozens of other Sci-Fi from over the years as well.

It looked fantastic, sounded incredible and had a genuinely satisfying/interesting conclusion to boot, really enjoyed it.

If I had to pick holes, it's somewhat slow to get going and devoid of a sense of humour, it's certainly not the cheeriest of films.

3.5/5

P.S - Those drones are f**king awesome!


Hmm I thought there was humour in there. E.g. when Cruise sees Tech 52 for the first time. At the time a lot of people criticised the Matrix for being too serious and I didn't exactly find Iception a barrle of laughs either, but they're both superb movies.

My thoughts. I don't post often on here these days, but I liked Oblivion so much that I thought I would. It does indeed borrow a lot from previous sci-fi films: but if it ain't broke why fix it. The elements of classic dystopian, earth under siege and technology gone mad meld together to form something exciting, but thought provoking, stopping just short of a full-on head mess.

Oblivion looks great, the soundtrack is beautifully atmospheric (French rock outfit M83 skillfully blend guitars and keyboards into something wondrous and uplifiting) and at least Joseph Kosinski has tried to offer audiences more than shit blowing up and robots beating eachother up.

Cruise himself is solid and dependable if offering nothing spectacular (but I did get a rush seeing him in the shades riding the bike in classic Maverick style), but I'd agree with RGirvan: Andrea Riseborogh owns this. It would've been better to give her an equally sized part tom the Cruiser. Maybe he wouldn't have stood for that, but it would've delivered a more interesting film.

Still I liked it. A lot.

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Derivative - 14/4/2013 8:35:06 PM   
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Rich - hence my point. Ring world predates that, coming out in 1970. They're all derivative of something. Harry Potter rips off elements from everywhere. The Hunger Games from Battle Royale, which in itself could be said to have done the same from Lord of the Flies.
All genres do it, yet the critics and others often seem to notice only when they view Sci Fi. I am not saying any of my comments were the originals, merely that it has always happened.
As for comments in some reviews which state Freeman's character is a rip-off of Morbius, elements of The Matrix could be linked to a whole host of other stories.
In the end it was an enjoyable movie and, unlike some, I liked the ending. But then, I can't explain what happened to the rest of them (trying to avoid spoilers) either.

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RE: The least original sci-fi in history? - 14/4/2013 8:38:07 PM   
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As much as I enjoyed Oblivion, I couldn't help but notice the astronomical debt it owes to the other (mostly superior) sci-fi pictures that provide almost every image and idea this film has to offer. I counted, among others whose titles currently escape me, The Matrix, WALL-E, Moon, 2001, Prometheus, Independence Day, I Am Legend, Attack The Block, Sunshine, Dune, War Of The Worlds, Serenity, Star Trek... There are more. Not that this is a true criticism, however. More an observation of how it is more a piece of collage moviemaking, as opposed to being based on an original script and idea. In this respect it is a fairly unique type of sci-fi film, ironically. Furthermore, it's one of the prettiest films we've seen in a while, borrowing the imagery from Prometheus' breathtaking prologue for much of its entirety. There's nothing wrong with Cruise, Mogsy, Kurylehjskbcsjnko, Jaime Lannister, or discount Emily Blunt. It even works well as a rather unsubtle advert for green energy. All in all, it's not bad.


Don't many of those sci-fis also have a lot to thank for since they burrowed from other movies/games/tv-series/books as well?

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Mediocre yet beautiful and well acted - 15/4/2013 12:44:59 AM   
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RE: Derivative - 15/4/2013 5:51:44 PM   
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As for comments in some reviews which state Freeman's character is a rip-off of Morbius, elements of The Matrix could be linked to a whole host of other stories.

The Matrix is more or less a re-make of Ghost in the Shell.

http://www.guardian.co.uk/film/2009/oct/19/hollywood-ghost-in-the-shell

Let’s be realistic: think of a great sci-fi film and it will probably have some elements that had been done before. Filmmakers of the 50s were influenced by the likes of Fritz Lang, those of the 70s by those of the 50s, those of the 80s by those of the 70s and so on.

It does also seem to be the case that critics are more hung up on the issue when it comes to sci-fi. Perhaps it’s because there are so few sci-fis out there. Whereas spotting one rent-a-horror from another would involves sitting through a vast number of films. Every week...

But seriously in a world where most big budget films are part of a franchise, book adaptations, re-boots, etc isn’t it nice that someone actually made a film that wasn’t. And one that was pretty good to. We’ve got Iron Man 3, The Wolverine, Man of Steel, Star Trek: into darkness, etc coming up. All may turn out to be excellent, but as with last year there is very little genuinely new coming our way anytime soon.

I presume when After Earth hits screen, despite it being another attempt to do something different, it will get the same treatment as Oblivion.


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RE: Derivative - 15/4/2013 6:52:41 PM   
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Following an alien invasion 60 years earlier which nearly destroyed the Earth, former Marine commander Jack Harper is drone mechanic 49, one of the last few humans stationed on the planet. Jack lives in a tower standing thousands of feet above the Earth where he and his colleague Victoria are part of an operation to clean up the remaining forces of the invasion and extract the planet's remaining resources. They maintain contact with civilization via a video link with their commander, Sally, and are due to join the rest of humanity on Saturn's moon Titan in two weeks. Jack suffers from recurring dreams and flashbacks, featuring images of New York before the invasion and an unknown female. When he rescues a female stranger from a crashed spaceship, he recognises her as the woman in his flashbacks....


The poster for this film advertises it as from the director of Tron: Legacy and the producers of Rise Of The Planet Of The Apes. Now the Apes film was decent but the other one was a dull disappointment that didn’t come anyway to fulfilling its potential, even visually, which brings me to emphasising how odd it is that some reviewers for Oblivion have said that, in mentioning that the film is good visually, Joseph Kosinsky is good at creating unique worlds. Well, he didn’t succeed with Tron: Legacy at all. With this new film, he has certainly made a film that looks reasonable and shows a knack for staging some scenes well, but that’s about it. Oblivion, which he also co-wrote, is otherwise little more than a patchwork movie, a film made up almost entirely of plot elements, scenes and images from other science-fiction films. There’s Moon, Wall-E, Total Recall, Planet Of The Apes, The Matrix, Star Wars, Vanilla Sky, Twelve Monkeys, Dune, 2001: A Space Odyssey, Silent Running, and many others. Some of these are merely recalled in passing, others are blatantly copied in large doses.

Now you could say that most films are informed by previous works; horror especially seems to recycle things. But Oblivion is little else. It barely has an identity of its own. I might have enjoyed the film if it had been just good fun, but instead it treats its story in a very serious, even solemn manner, making the copying stick out even more. Apparently one of the executives at Universal said: “It's one of the most beautiful scripts we’ve ever come across”. Obviously he hadn’t seen any science-fiction movies of the last few decades. The screenplay for this film is pathetic, constantly stealing from this and that but failing to give its characters any real dimension. I didn’t give a damn about them, so that by the time Tom Cruise’s character parts with Olga Kurylenko’s to go on a mission impossible and he says to her: "keep dreaming about me", or something like that [I was so un-engaged and even bored by much of this film I don’t think I paid attention as much as I normally do], I just wanted them to get on with it so the end credits would come up.

It starts reasonably, with Cruise narrating the back-story of how this future Earth came to be, and early images of the barren, bleak wasteland with remnants of famous American buildings are quite striking. In fact, the film really does look good at times, with some of the scenes set in and just outside Jack and Victoria’s sky-high tower abode boasting some very stylish lighting and that great image of the shattered Moon in the sky. Cinematographer Claudio Miranda has an eye for good shots and uses aerial views well to help give the proceedings a sense of scope, while I will also say that Kosinksi is reasonably good with action; at least you can see what’s going on, an increasing rarity these days. He just can’t write to save his life, and is pretty rubbish at creating tension too, but I’m getting ahead of myself, and the first half an hour or so of Oblivion, detailing the existence that Jack and Victoria lead, isn’t bad. The pace is quite slow but in a good way, allowing some atmosphere reminiscent of many 70’s science-fiction films, the kind that were made before Star Wars came along and made things fun but also dumbed things down [and I do like Star Wars, but I’m not sure that it was entirely beneficial for screen science-fiction], to develop. Then Jack encounters his girl who fell to earth, soon after that Morgan Freeman turns playing Morgan Freeman, and the whole film goes down the toilet.

There are some okay action scenes of people battling robots and each other, plus quite a good space ship chase through a canyon even if you won’t be able to not think of Star Wars. The design of some of this stuff is good, with spaceships and robots looking quite rough and hastily created but perhaps more realistic than the sleeker things you often see in other films, though the aliens look just like Predators at first. The special effects get the job done too; the CGI may be extensive, but some of the things really do look like models. But the film is constantly ruined by its awful, rehashed plotting. The twists, where you’re supposed to go “wow, I never saw that coming”, and turns come thick and fast, but are never given time to sink in. A lengthy scene where Freeman tells us some revelatory background was ruined for me because I couldn’t understand what the hell he was saying, possibly because of bad sound mixing, possibly not. This meant that I didn’t understand some of the scenes that followed and took a while to work some things out. The romantic side of the story is basically copied from two movies, even to the point of almost using a line from one of them, and needed more elaboration to work even slightly on an emotional level.

All this tedium is constantly backed up by the dreadful music score by Anthony Gonzales, M.8.3. and Joseph Trapenes. Aside from a rather cool bit when an electric guitar kicks in, a better example of the awful state of major motion picture film music at the moment would be harder to find. Not just produced on machines but seemingly written by them, it’s a mixture of semi-techno [and may I say right here that I do appreciate a great deal of electronic music] and Hans Zimmer’s horrible Batman scoring, with three quarters of the score taken up with repeating a Zimmer or John Powell-like rhythmic pattern over and over again. Whatever happened to attempting to musically evoke an environment or scene? Or actually writing tunes? Of course good work is being done musically in Hollywood and it would be disrespectful to some composers to not say that, but it really does seem more and more that the first thing a major studio thinks of concerning music for a new film is that awful Media Ventures sound. Think of Tron:Legacy: the exciting prospect of having Daft Punk do the score turned into total disappointment when they turned out a typical dreary Media Ventures-style soundtrack with very little music in their own style.

Tom Cruise is just Tom Cruise in this film, giving the same performance he often gives and not really making an effort. I want to make excuses for Olga Kurylenko, first because she is totally gorgeous, and second because she has already had the misfortune of starring in the Worst Bond Film Ever, but she seems lost in her role; then again, it’s so dreadfully written I think Meryl Streep would have had trouble with it. Andrea Riseborough does better as the other woman in Jack’s life though it’s a more interesting role. Technically it's quite impresive, but for the most part, Oblivion is pretty lousy, an astonishingly lazy piece of cinematic idiocy masquerading as something intelligent and thought-provoking. Kosinsky may be directing a remake of The Black Hole next. I’m not totally decided on him as a director, but God, I hope he doesn’t write the thing.

[rating: 4/10]

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3 STARS.... - 15/4/2013 8:14:43 PM   
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RE: Derivative - 16/4/2013 1:47:54 PM   
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Apart from one track at the beginning of the film (which was reminiscent of The Dark Knight) I didn’t hear anything that made me think of Zimmer or his Media Ventures acolytes.

Try the title track for instance -  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AVeHScYOHhY – (M83 feat. Susanne Sundfør). The synth, guitars and drum beats makes me think more of Tangerine Dream and Sundfør’s voice is stunning. Try some of the other tracks too (StarWaves, Raven Rock, Fearful Odds).

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RE: Derivative - 16/4/2013 2:57:55 PM   
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Apart from one track at the beginning of the film (which was reminiscent of The Dark Knight) I didn’t hear anything that made me think of Zimmer or his Media Ventures acolytes.

Try the title track for instance -  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AVeHScYOHhY – (M83 feat. Susanne Sundfør). The synth, guitars and drum beats makes me think more of Tangerine Dream and Sundfør’s voice is stunning. Try some of the other tracks too (StarWaves, Raven Rock, Fearful Odds).


Tbh, I didn't think mostly of Zimmer, only some of them and they sound better then Zimmer, but they did remind me of others like Newton Howard. I'm not sure why Kosinski gets such interesting out-of-the-left-field names for composers (including Daft Punk, one of who already has a history of writing some very unique soundtracks) only to get them mostly write some rather generic soundtrack music. There are some stand-out tracks though, but especially when compared to the likes of Chemical Brothers, Mike Patton, Peter Gabriel or Trent Reznor and what they did, it's dull generic work.

Oh I quite enjoyed it btw, hell of a step-up from that huge, dull neon-lit bore he did before and it looked incredible.

Also, I just loved how old-fashioned it felt.

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RE: Derivative - 17/4/2013 5:06:35 PM   
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I agree on Reznor - the stuff he has done with Fincher has been original and excellent. Fincher seems to bring that out from composers. Howard Shore's collaborations with him on Se7en and The Game were fantastic and the Dust Brothers score to Fight Club was one of the most exhilarating and appropriate of all.

I'd still say M83's scoring of Oblivion is good. Where it differs, in particular, to the media ventures style is that there is no recurring main theme. While I do enjoy Zimmer's scoring it can be very repetetive, so that you hear a theme, then hear it again and then again, with little variation. I didn't get that sense from Oblivion.

Interestingly Zimmer's best scores tend to be when he is paired of with someone with a different sensibility: e.g. Lisa Gerrard on Gladiator softens and lightens the tone.

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RE: Oblivion - 17/4/2013 10:16:34 PM   
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I found this vaguely dissatisfying,
. The story itself is quite good, and the big twist is believable, but somehow there is no real emotional connection between actors and audience, or even between actor and actor. Special effects are as usual tremendous, as are the sets. I found I just didn't care who won - obvious really in a Cruise movie.
Three stars is probably generous.

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RE: Tom Cruise Always The Same? Huh? - 18/4/2013 4:28:05 AM   
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A lot of my friends are asking to go see this movie. They want to know upfront if it worth going. Sounds like you peeps are giving it the ol' heave-ho! That's too bad, I was hoping for something entertaining.

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RE: Tom Cruise Always The Same? Huh? - 18/4/2013 11:28:37 AM   
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I love post-apocalyptic and sci-fi genre films.With that being said I feel that Oblivion has some major issues, mostly concerning the lack of an original screenplay. My full review on my blog. http://niftyfilms.wordpress.com/

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RE: sounds like.... - 18/4/2013 4:12:45 PM   
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I feel sorry for this film. It seems well-intentioned but it's little more than an exercise in aesthetics, 'borrowing' so blatantly from Moon, Wall-e, 2001, Independence Day, The Matrix and others, with no real conviction of its own. Derivative, bland and with flat characterisations. A shame because this was a chance for Hollywood to make an expensive sci-fi that, for once, wasn't a sequel or remake. Instead it's a massive rip-off fest. There are some decent action beats and nice imagery, but offers little else unless you've never seen a sci-fi film before. For good modern sci-fi, go watch Danny Boyle's under-seen Sunshine.




Sunshine may be my favourite film, but reading this post amused me greatly. I remember very clearly when Sunshine came out that a lot of people who didn't like it chose to criticise it for ripping off other sci-fi films. And Sunshine certainly does borrow heavily from other sci-fi.

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Worst film I've seen for a long time - 18/4/2013 7:59:34 PM   
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Saw this on Tuesday night at my local multiplex. The first movie to kick-start the 'summer of sci-fi' looked promising, but I was sorely disappointed. I had low expectations going in but even they couldn't be met. It's vaguely interesting for the first hour, but once the full plot is revealed its completely devoid of any originality or imagination and ends up playing through a series of slow, drawn out sequences that seem to take an age. By the end, 7 people had walked out of the cinema (which I haven't seen for a long time) and while Cruise delivered the last line of dialogue (a completely dull narrative piece), I simply couldn't give a shit about what he was saying.

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Not for people with ADT... - 19/4/2013 11:59:50 PM   
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This was an excellent film that completely immersed me.

Too many film sci-fi films (Transformers, Iron Man, et al) bombard you with action, pointless plots and vacuous characters. Popcorn sci-fi this is not.

Oblivion tells a wonderful story, it takes its time and rewards you with stunning visuals. If you want instant gratification go see a generic sci-fi franchise or anything by Michael Bay.

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RE: Not for people with ADT... - 20/4/2013 9:01:28 PM   
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After watching 3 things really stuck in my mind. I Am Legend. Moon. Independence Day. Massive disappointment !!

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Cruise's 'Oblivion' delivers...just! - 23/4/2013 8:52:30 AM   
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The world that director Joseph Kosinkski has created around the characters in his new film ‘Oblivion’ is vast. The broad, panoramic shots of a battle-scarred post-alien invaded earth give such a sense of space and beauty that you feel compelled to take a breath as you weave and glide over the rich terrain with our hero Jack in his white, Apple-esque spaceship. These dramatic and visually infinite panoramas make up a large part of the soul behind this film. For a while, as our man Jack carries out his missions locating and repairing grounded defense droids in various parts of this splendorous habitat, the only characters we have to relate to are himself and his wife (Andrea Riseborough) whose relationship is placid and functional. Not much happens for a while and it seems Kosinkski feels no urgency to rush things, allowing us to spend some time with our characters (mainly Jack) and familiarize ourselves with their daily schedule and our hero’s nostalgia for his home planet. In fact Kosinkski’s languid tempo permeates the entire feature and would almost boarder on sluggish if it wasn’t for the beauty of his world, the performance of an on-point Cruise, and the desire to find out exactly what it is that keeps tugging at the sleeve of our protagonist’s consciousness. Cruise does a great job of imbuing his character with such an amiable personality that you feel the desire to keep tagging along to discover just what the guy’s story is. The plot is worthy of any sci-fi classic and feeds you just enough to get you by as it strolls along, while keeping it’s hooks loosely embedded in your curiosity. Saying that, the film does stretch on somewhat over it’s 126 minutes and the scenes where Jack spends time kicking back at his private cabin in the woods feel like unnecessary padding. Also there is no particular relationship or interplay of characters within the film that rouses any real strength of feeling within the viewer. The fact that our hero spends a decent amount of time in a transitory state attempting to discover who he actually is in regards to the people around him make for some tenuous relationships. And seeing as its Jack whom we spend most of our screen time with we don’t get to experience a relationship of any real depth or complexity throughout the movie. Unfortunately for us this means the deeper facets of our main character’s personality remain hidden to us also. ‘Oblivion’ is a spread-out but solid sci-fi offering. A solid story expressed with attentiveness and an obviously experienced and artful hand. The only thing that lets it down is it’s reluctance to delve much beyond the surface layers of its characters thereby denying us a story of any real heart.


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Good. - 23/4/2013 2:00:28 PM   
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RE: Good. - 23/4/2013 2:38:54 PM   
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Supremely derivative stuff, but I have to say that I actually really quite enjoyed it.

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RE: Good. - 23/4/2013 5:59:10 PM   
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Supremely derivative stuff, but I have to say that I actually really quite enjoyed it.


Glad to hear so dude. It has the makings of a guilty pleasure for sure.

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Film of 2 halves - 24/4/2013 9:07:03 AM   
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I think the Empire review is pretty much spot on here. The film looks absolutely amazing. Great special effects but it looks real as opposed to CGI. Even the helicopter thingy that Mr Cruise flies about in looks real whilst being futuristic (the bike looks a bit naff though!!). But it kind of veers off in a different direction about mid-way and, although still an enjoyable film overall, I can't help feeling that it could have been much better. Good performances in general with Cruise doing what Cruise does best (does he actually age?). It's a scene too far at the end though.

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Film of 2 halves - 24/4/2013 9:07:05 AM   
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I think the Empire review is pretty much spot on here. The film looks absolutely amazing. Great special effects but it looks real as opposed to CGI. Even the helicopter thingy that Mr Cruise flies about in looks real whilst being futuristic (the bike looks a bit naff though!!). But it kind of veers off in a different direction about mid-way and, although still an enjoyable film overall, I can't help feeling that it could have been much better. Good performances in general with Cruise doing what Cruise does best (does he actually age?). It's a scene too far at the end though.

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RE: Good. - 24/4/2013 11:30:00 AM   
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Supremely derivative stuff, but I have to say that I actually really quite enjoyed it.


Glad to hear so dude. It has the makings of a guilty pleasure for sure.


If you haven't seen it, wait until you get to the final part of the movie. It borrows so heavily from one particular sci-fi movie that it took my breath away.

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Oblivion - Review - 25/4/2013 1:28:50 PM   
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The main beauty of this film is definitely the CGI. Kosinski creates a brilliant post-apocalyptic world which is visually stunning and makes for some fantastic special effects and cinematography. However, although visually stunning this film's speed can leave the audience disappointed. Within the first 5 minutes we are bombarded with the back story to the film and quickly it begins to escalate into a Sci Fi Action. However as it does the brakes are hit and suddenly slowed into a more heart felt story. This continues through the film and leaves the audience intrigued to see what will happen and yet somewhat bored. Overall, Cruise does a good job and CGI is simply magnificent.

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