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Review: Oblivion

Updated: Friday, April 19 2013, 09:10 PM CDT

Grade: B -

By Ken The Critic @kenthecritic

When you think of the science fiction genre, you usually have a negative impression. Sometimes with that, you can only go up. Oblivion goes up from the rest of what's out there in another dimension. Director Joseph Kosinski of Tron: Legacy already has a knack of providing us with something beyond our imagination. His incredible imagery makes us even forget that we are in 2013 for two hours.

In Oblivion, Earth is completed devastated from the alien Scavs. Even though Earth won the war, what is left are radiation zones, a little of the ocean, and the desert. The remaining population is in a spacecraft that is orbiting the Earth. Meanwhile, others are assigned to operations that include fighting Scavs that did survive. A couple assigned are Jack and Victoria Harper (Tom Cruise and Andrea Riseborough). Jack is a drone repairman that is a top notch team player, but once he discovers a crashed spacecraft that may include his survived wife when this whole time he believes Victoria is his wife, he begins questioning his whole mission.    

Even though this is one of the better sci-fi films around, there's nothing very original here, but everything's already been done to a certain extent. Andrea Riseborough is mesmerizing in her character and no one could have done it to her level. There is a surprise twist that will affect viewers differently. It's not predictable and some will find the story amazing while others will find it a more derivative film. Nonetheless, it's one of the better audio-visual experiences in a movie and should be checked out at the theater.

Check out the trailer here:

Ken's Movie Review Grading Scale

A - Superb and solid; a movie that will be etched in your mind 10 years from now

B - Good movie, so good in fact that you would want to see it again before it's out of the theaters; the story may drag in places

C - Average, entertaining at parts; you might want to wait and rent it

D - Lacks a lot from entertainment, plot, realism, development, etc.

F - Terrible and you will want to walk out of the movie; no redemptive qualities whatsoeverReview: Oblivion

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