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5.0 out of 5 stars strangely compelling, 17 Dec. 2013
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This review is from: Oblivion [Blu-ray + UV Copy] [2013] (Blu-ray)
Why oh why am I giving a hollywood movie with Tom Cruise 5 stars? It's been slated on Red Tomatoes, and is merely average for most people? But I have now watched my bluray copy 5 or 6 times on my cinema screen and it's strangely compelling.

Underlying the childish shoot-em-ups and the stuff that people like hollywood for, I find Oblivion's themes to be all about the condition we find ourselves in 2013.

1. Don't believe what you are told by authority - Jack Harper cant help but have this nagging doubt about how much he can trust authority even though he believes himself to be a dutiful person (Given the cyber-spying by governments this is a very real issue...)

2. Personal morality and ethics are more important than blindly following your government or tribe - Jack knows he must rescue the survivors even though his colleague and the "authorities" are telling him to destroy them (Of course George Orwell is one of the great writers of this theme)

3. If you feel the cause is just and right then it will be natural to want to sacrifice yourself - Jack goes on a suicide mission to save humanity. (This I find fascinating coming from the pen of a Hollywood writer - I'm looking forward to more from him!)

4. Memories are what make us human - it is flashes of memory that haven't been wiped out that remind Jack of who he once was; does DNA retain memories? (There was an article recently about rats where they believe the brain sent a signal that altered the composition of a gene within the DNA strand)

5. A wooden shack by a lake is what we yearn for - even though on a daily basis we are drawn to technology, plastic and concrete (just look at the ugly, horrific industrial landscape on the approach to Venice, compared to Venice itself)

That Kosinski brings these themes together through entertainment is a great accomplishment and that's why this film intrigues me (I don't know if this was intentional or just came out un-intentionally from what is at times a space shoot-em-up albeit played out over a great landscape of a destroyed civilisation)

The score by M83 is majestic - a perfect choice.
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Initial post: 21 Dec 2013 00:23:54 GMT
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Steiner says:
I think your first line touches on a phenomenon involving certain reviewers automatically downgrading a film if Tom Cruise is involved - you even question why you like it also. I agree with you in that this is a 5-star film - and probably the best sci-fi in a few years.

Good review!
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