MOVIE REVIEW: “Oblivion” or Joseph Kosinski is My New Hero

oblivionBy The New Cinematographe  –

Jack Harper: I can’t shake the feeling, that Earth, in spite all that’s happened, Earth is still my home.

Imagine flying over a landscape that’s barren, lifeless, alien, yet the ruined skyscrapers and national monuments are shockingly familiar. Then imagine meeting a man who defies expectation, who’s optimism and kindness and belief that life could be better contradicts the cold, bleak world he is the caretaker of. This theme of rising from the rubble against all odds is what makes Oblivion an absolute gem in the genre, and sets the standard high for the many Sci-Fi blockbusters coming out this summer.

Based off the director Joseph Kosinski’s unpublished graphic novel of the same name, Oblivion is the story of a man haunted by flashbacks of a life he can’t remember.

Jack Harper: I know you, but we’ve never met. I’m with you and I don’t know your name. I know I’m dreaming, but it feels like more that. It feels like a memory. How can that be?

Part epic quest, part love story, Oblivion is not just a beautiful story of human survival; it is a gorgeous spectacle of a movie. The landscapes and effects are breathtaking, so real looking that it feels like you could step through the screen and onto the ruined Earth.

The characters were fantastic. Each one felt organic, each felt real. They all had flaws and vulnerabilities that made them all the more believable and relatable. Tom Cruise as Jack gave a nuanced portrayal of a man who despite the complexities of his life, is really a simple kind of man. Olga Kurylenko was fierce and had a deep sensitivity in her portrayal of Julia that made me want to reach out and hug her. Special notice to Andrea Riseborough as Victoria. Her character’s desperation and loyalty and love was moving. And as always, Morgan Freeman (the man, the myth, the legend) was fantastic. When is he not? Game of Thrones fans, get ready to be blown away once again by Nikolaj Coster-Waldau.

Without giving anything away, I must say that Oblivion is surprising – boldly different. Everything you believe in the first five minutes of the movie, everything you believe in the first hour of the movie, is thrown out of the window by a twist for the ages. Not gonna spoil it, but the theater went wild.

Closing thoughts: the human race is truly indomitable. I saw this movie less than 24 hours after the terrible attack in Boston, all the anger and hopelessness fresh in my mind. Oblivion made me believe again.

In Conclusion

See in Theaters: A must for stunning cinematography and thrilling action sequences

Out of 10: 9/10 (high praise from me, I don’t usually like Tom Cruise movies)

You can see Oblivion in theaters in the US starting Friday, April 19.

The New Cinematographe (a.k.a. Caitlin Miller) is a self-described Cinephile – “That means I’m obsessed with movies!” Read her movie reviews on the her newly launched blog.



  1. Late to the game I am but I just saw it last weekend. I don’t really understand why so many people dissed this film. I thoroughly enjoyed it!

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