With only two weeks until its release, Oblivion could be one of the biggest movies of the spring movie season. Joseph Kosinski’s follow-up to Tron: Legacy looks like a beautiful film, but does it have the bite to be an extraordinary experience?
Joseph Kosinski wanted to create a “beautiful desolation” with Oblivion’s beginnings. While it certainly looks amazing, it may be as empty as Kosinski’s words would suggest. The movie feels like it might be a dud in terms of narrative and characters. Hopefully it’s not. Hollywood should be making more movies like Oblivion, because at the very least, it’s an original story and concept. But everything we’ve seen from Oblivion makes it look like it will be just as good as Tron: Legacy: a beautiful film, but narratively empty.
Oblivion is set in the future after the events of a long war with invading aliens, which left the planet largely uninhabitable, forcing humanity to leave. Jack Harper (Tom Cruise) is the last man on Earth, a blue-collar mechanic who repairs downed drones. But when Jack Harper saves a mysterious woman named Julia (Olga Kurylenko), his life is called into question as the truth behind the war is revealed.
Oblivion also features Morgan Freeman, Andrea Riseborough, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Melissa Leo, and Zoë Bell. The movie will open in theaters everywhere on April 12th, and in IMAX theaters across the country one week later on April 19th.