‘Oblivion’ Reviews: Does Tom Cruise Have A Hit?

Sat, April 20, 2013 2:41pm EDT by 36 Comments
Oblivion Reviews
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Tom Cruise is back as an epic action hero for the sci-fi thriller ‘Oblivion,’ which opened in theaters on April 19. But did Tomcat hit the mark with his new flick? Read below to see the reviews!

Tom Cruise’s latest action movie, the sci-fi-flavored Oblivion — out on April 19 — follows Tom through a futuristic, post-apocalyptic Earth. Drama ensues when his character, who has been assigned to extract Earth’s last resources, is forced to question the nature of his own mission. Oblivion promises to take viewers to another world, full of intrigue and action. But did it actually hit the mark? Some reviewers think Tom’s newest movie is a total flop, while others have called it an “adventure to remember” (but mostly, the reviews are not good). You’ll just have to read the reviews and decide for yourself!

The Reviews of ‘Oblivion’

Los Angeles Times

Oblivion is not perfect. Its dystopian story makes no apologies for its familiarity, echoing such films as “The Planet of the Apes,” “The Matrix,” “2001″ and even “Wall-E.” And expecting the wheels not to eventually begin to fall off its pleasantly complicated, head-spinning plot (based on the director Joseph Kosinski’s graphic novel) is asking a little too much. But even given all this implausibility, “Oblivion” has the ability to haunt you visually and, with an unanticipated love story, even emotionally. Written by Karl Gajdusek and Michael DeBruyn, this is a piece of futuristic fiction intended for adults, not their children, a film in which firefights and futuristic weapons feel more like afterthoughts than reasons for being.

New York Post

Oblivion is one of those movies in which the main source of interest is simply in figuring out what’s actually going on, though when you do, your reaction is bound to be a shrug. Without an exceptionally skilled director of actors (such as Cameron Crowe), Cruise can’t dial up much emotion, so the two love interests for his character are two more than he can convincingly handle. He may be at home in the cockpit of a killing machine, but when it comes to displaying his humanity, he’s no Wall-E.

NPR

Oblivion occupies an awkward no-man’s-land between escapist space adventure and heady science fiction, but it’s neither thrilling enough nor intellectually stimulating enough to satisfy devotees of either.

New York Times

The problem with Oblivion, which is based on an unpublished graphic novel [director] Mr. Kosinski wrote and used to pitch the studio, is that it’s been stitched together from bits and pieces that evoke numerous other, far better far-out tales and ideas, conceits and characters from the likes of Philip K. Dick, the Wachowskis, J. G. Ballard and Duncan Jones, specifically his elegant, elegiac movie, “Moon.” No matter how hard Mr. Cruise squares his jaw or flings his body over and against the scenery, and despite the presence of Morgan Freeman, Olga Kurylenko and Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, who trickle into the story to aid in Jack’s journey, Oblivion never transcends its inspirations to become anything other than a thin copy.

New York

Was Cruise trying to beat out fellow Scientologist John Travolta for the honor of starring in the dumbest sci-fi epic ever? Thank heavens, he lost — nothing will ever be as shatteringly inane as the L. Ron Hubbard–based Battlefield Earth. But joining forces with the director of Tron: Legacy was like checking “d” on the form that said, “I want my space movies more (a) incoherent, (b) plodding, (c) migraine-inducing, or (d) all of the above.” Oblivion spins the same kind of paranoid futuristic fantasy as Battlefield Earth, in which a man must learn the true nature of his identity: that his body is but a temporary vessel, his soul immortal. Only then can he take on an evil empire of plundering anti-individualists from an unnamed planet that sounds like Xenu.

Yikes! Tom Cruise might not have a winner on his hands with this one! But go see it for yourselves, HollywoodLifers! And then tell us what you thought!

WATCH: Oblivion Trailer

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Jonathan Martinez

Posted at 1:19 AM on August 9, 2013  

Omg it is so clear to me now that critics get paid to much, so much that they’ve become so jaded and have there own words so far up there a$& that its coming out of there eyes, so much to where they can’t see a good movie when they watch it. I mean really your calling oblivion crap, really. I mean before I even get into this amazing plot, and cruises Sublime Performance, I have to say the visual effects where enough to make the movie great even if everything els would have been Terrible, (Which it wasn’t). But this master peace of a movie is something that I can’t get out of my head, the endless Implications that could be Derived from this plot are just fantastic in them selves. One of the best movies I’ve seen this year, and probably will see. All you critics need to stop acting like someone isn’t paying you guys to talk this movie down, not to mention telling you Exactly what to say.

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JOYDEEP SARKAR

Posted at 1:13 PM on July 26, 2013  

IT IS A GOOD MOVIE THOUGH IN PARTS IT IS A BIT COMPLICATED BUT IT IS VERY NICE SCIENCE FICTION MOVIE IN THE MIDDLE OF WHICH THERE IS A LOVE STORY.TOM CRUISE DID A VERY GOOD JOB.

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Pika

Posted at 11:27 PM on May 19, 2013  

I love Scifi movies…and was entertained thoroughly. 4 out of 5 stars.

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thsepiso

Posted at 8:14 AM on May 9, 2013  

wow iv never seen any lik this i can say if i may rate it out of 10 il giv it 10

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Lady Whitfield of Westminster

Posted at 10:26 PM on May 5, 2013  

I downloaded this by Torrent and wish I hadn’t wasted my free bandwidth. At aged 56 I really can’t be bothered with this blather of a film. I stopped watching after 20 min and went back to my knitting. Much more enjoyable!

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Joseph

Posted at 12:55 AM on May 5, 2013  

The movie’s idea of deep is to squirrel away key plot elements until the end of the film, preferring to have viewers guessing than thinking.

It’s cheap but it easily fooled a whole bunch of audiences into thinking that the script/story is more than it is. Luckily reviewers didn’t fall for it but the amateurs are duly upset with the professionals over seeing through the veneer of intelligence.

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wonderingstyll

Posted at 3:20 PM on April 30, 2013  

Waste of time and money and I’m a Tom Cruise fan!

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Sandy

Posted at 11:41 PM on April 25, 2013  

Worst movie I e ever seen. I got up and walked out because this painful picture just wouldn’t end! There was no story, no plot, not much acting and boring as hell. If this movie amuses you I hate to think how sad your life must be.

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That guy that liked Oblivion

Posted at 10:11 PM on April 27, 2013  

Actually there was story, plot and decent acting, and if you have to have constant explosions and action to keep you amused than i cant believe how sad your life must be. Pretty good movie, not sure what you saw.

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Pika

Posted at 11:28 PM on May 19, 2013  

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subframer

Posted at 10:06 AM on July 24, 2013  

i saw Oblivion, and it was not a pretty good movie. it was pretty much an incoherent piece of expensive filmmaking. the drones were cool. the story/plot, totally incoherent. if you like a gorgeous looking hodgepodge stolen from bits and pieces of far better films, this is your movie…

 
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William

Posted at 2:36 PM on April 24, 2013  

The reason the movie has so many different opinions is because it is like a painting. Different people see different meanings and everyone of them is right. Don’t read, watch it.

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bohawk

Posted at 1:00 PM on April 24, 2013  

Oblivion was the worst movie ever. Predicable ending, ridiculous fake props, and a bore.

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Charlotte

Posted at 12:45 PM on April 22, 2013  

Also, I would just like to add that I agree with ‘Timothy’ in this set of comments: the ideas Timothy discusses get to the core of the movie; plus, it has a fantastic set design; wonderfully scary drones; exciting battles; a love story; and the whole question of, “What is eternity for an individual life?” The critics are jaded, pretentious hacks. This was a great movie! And, as Timothy says, “Go outside the Radiation Zone of Press Hypocrisy and be prepared to have a fantasic adventure.”

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Timothy

Posted at 9:08 AM on May 2, 2013  

Thank you Charlotte, it’s about time I am glad I wasn’t just the only one enjoying this movie as well. Don’t you just love it when a person speaks their mind and all the sudden there is such a gathering of support? Now that is truly magic in the making.

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Charlotte

Posted at 4:23 AM on April 22, 2013  

I’m old enough to have seen the original theatre release of, “2001: A Space Odyssey,” and I am impressed with this movie to as great a degree. I thought it was fabulous (and chilling); moreover, after I left the theatre, a sense of disorientation as to my own space and time remained with me. Not many movies do that for me — I’m going to see it again.

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viviana

Posted at 2:56 AM on April 22, 2013  

Stop being such a haters!! Gosh, The story might not have been the most original but it was entertaining and it was like you really where there and the special effects!

I love the movie and I respect Tom Cruise as an actor.
Knight and day sucks but Sci-fi really suits for Tom :0)
Love it love it love it

Maybe another crappy movie like the last twight light everybody is going to appreciate more

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David P Hill

Posted at 10:27 PM on April 21, 2013  

This movie was the best movie I have seen in years. You have to have a brain to understand it. It is so beautifully done and I am still thinking it over 3 days after I saw it. I am going to see it again now that I understand it. I am an intellectual so I loved the thinking its like you have to sit on the edge of your set and think the whole movie. I loved it!!!! I wish more movies were made this way.

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VSOP123

Posted at 12:37 AM on April 28, 2013  

EXACTLY. Still thinking about this movie days later. My wife cried at one point and held my hand for the rest of the movie. It’s a great love story. There are some people who will just not be able to follow it. I talked to someone today that said they just didn’t understand it. I wasn’t surprised. Your understanding of this movie is in direct proportion to the depth of your soul or atleast your desire to go deeper. See the movie “Solaris” with George Clooney. It has the same depth and feel and ideas.

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mickey macd

Posted at 7:23 PM on April 21, 2013  

Tom Cruise never gets the credit he deserves. Other than Tom Hanks, no other actor consistently has had the box office success spread out in over four different decades (and no Clint Eastwood’s more decades of movies do not count because the numbers are not big enough, both in box office and years apart) than Tom Cruise. I’ve been reading all of these articles saying 38 million is not as big as it should be, but we have to start looking at the whole picture. It actually made 150 in its one weekend or one week release, and at a production budget of 120 million, this is why he is still the biggest star in the world. And opening weekend and theatrical release is only an advertisement for blu-ray and dvd where they make the real money for the next 10 years of so. If you look at all his movies and include worldwide grosses, he only has had one movie or two, no one I think that didn’t make a profit. I think Lions for Lambs. In a thirty two year career that’s pretty good.

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mkkan

Posted at 10:46 AM on April 21, 2013  

It really looks similar to a Japanese comic with title “GUNNM” vol. 7.
Even some of the characters are similar.
May be Joseph Kosinski love to read ‘GUNNM” too.

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Timothy

Posted at 9:53 PM on April 20, 2013  

Oblivion is best thought to be a book judged by it’s cover. Oh no meaning the “end of times” scenario according to the press. I say to hell with them. Honestly yes it is lengthy, and yet leaves some gaps out in the movie. But to me it is to leave the audience to interpret what happened to cause the war and this “Sally” is either a “Skynet” that man created or just some alien version of KotOR’s the Star Forge to come and exterminate mankind while using Jack and Victoria as the new slave race in their own vision. Either way overall yes it does have references to “Planet of the Apes”, and yet “Adolph Hitlers” idea of lieing about history and crafting history in his own vision. To me awesome on eithics, morals, and philosophy about the human soul, the human legacy, and the idea of accepting a world we live in where either information is spoon fed to us on a need to know basis. Or do we actually get off our butts and find out for ourselves. The idea of are we alone not on the alien on other worlds basis. But are we actually the only ones here that think or feel this way, or is it true others feel and know how we feel and being pushed into the shadows. And that the trueth might be facing ourselves first before we even take on the world or system of things. Yes there is the “Matrix” feel. But I hint at the fact again the whole ideal of the virtual world is not even included here, but the ideal of the “Forbidden Zone”. Again screw the critics, they can run back home and whine to their momma’s and pappa’s only to bicker about how they feel. Honestly excellent movie, unless of course those reviewers are nothing more than ignorant, and uneducated journalist that feel they can keep pace with such films as this. Then again these journalist are more of the types that like to boast and brag about trash like they do in the National Enquirer. Tome Cruise is truely awesome in this, as well as Morgan Freeman. Like Oblivion if you want to know the trueth about the movie? Go outside the Radiation Zone of Press Hypocrisy and be prepared to have an fantastic adventure.

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Adam

Posted at 9:43 PM on April 20, 2013  

Another Tom Cruise’s FAILED project! Tom, I advise that you retire and live happily with your cult partner David Miscavige.

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mickey macd

Posted at 7:23 PM on April 21, 2013  

Tom Cruise never gets the credit he deserves. Other than Tom Hanks, no other actor consistently has had the box office success spread out in over four different decades (and no Clint Eastwood’s more decades of movies do not count because the numbers are not big enough, both in box office and years apart) than Tom Cruise. I’ve been reading all of these articles saying 38 million is not as big as it should be, but we have to start looking at the whole picture. It actually made 150 in its one weekend or one week release, and at a production budget of 120 million, this is why he is still the biggest star in the world. And opening weekend and theatrical release is only an advertisement for blu-ray and dvd where they make the real money for the next 10 years of so. If you look at all his movies and include worldwide grosses, he only has had one movie or two, no one I think that didn’t make a profit. I think Lions for Lambs. In a thirty two year career that’s pretty good.

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John

Posted at 8:43 PM on April 20, 2013  

Wow! This is a great movie. Good story, great acting, spectacular special effects. I’ll see it again and again.

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Adam

Posted at 9:44 PM on April 20, 2013  

Hey, since you are getting free ticked from your cult leader David Miscavige and Tom cruise, I am sure you will be seeing this movie again and again.

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Andrey Min'kov

Posted at 5:14 PM on April 20, 2013  

This is Mr. Cruise’s personal war. For personal happiness.

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