Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Film / Movie Review: Oblivion - Great Movie Especially for Sci-Fi Movie Buffs

Photo from Oblivion Facebook Page

On April 8, 2013, I was invited by Solar Entertainment Corporation to the Philippine Premiere of the movie Oblivion which stars Tom Cruise and Morgan Freeman at the IMAX Cinema at SM Mall of Asia.

The Philippine Premiere Ticket




The Movie

From the director of Tron Legacy, Joseph Kosinski and the producers of Rise of the Planet of the Apes, comes a ground breaking science fiction movie, Oblivion. Shot in various location in the US and Iceland in digital 4K resolution cameras producing stunning images, this movie is about a futuristic blue-collar drone repairman, Jack Harper (Tom Cruise) who was in his last two weeks of his assignment to the nearly destroyed Earth starts to question his duty when he rescues a beautiful Julia (Olga Kurylenko) from a downed spacecraft. Her arrival started a series of events that questions everything he knows and become a major player for the survival of mankind.

Genre: Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

IMDB Page: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1483013/

Movie Trailer:


Featurette: Tom Cruise and Director Joseph Kosinski gives insights on the movie


Tom Cruise .................... Jack
Morgan Freeman ........... Beech
Olga Kurylenko ............. Julia
Andrea Riseborough ...... Victoria
Nikolaj Coster-Waldau ... Sykes

Director: Joseph Kosinski

My Review

This movie is definitely one of the best science fiction movies I have seen for a long time. A great science fiction movie for me is something that takes me into a futuristic world in terms of gadgetry, stunning out of this world scenery from flying vehicles, unusual characters and last but not the least a great sci-fi plot.  The movie Oblivion has all these elements + more!

What I like in the movie:

The Sky Tower located 3,000 feet above the ground where Tom Cruise character resides. Great interiors. It even has a pool!  Don't miss the "triangle" in the swimming pool scene :)
Photo from Oblivion Facebook page

The Bubble Ship flying across scenic and apocalyptic landscapes and of course the dog fight scenes!

Photo from Oblivion Facebook page

Here is a poster from TomCruise.com showing both the skytower landing platform and the bubble ship:
Photo from TomCruise.com

The mean deadly drones:
Photo from Tom Cruise Facebook Page

And also .... A great soundtrack!

It's about 2.5 hours long but I did not even feel it. I was so engrossed with the movie (the IMAX definitely added a bit) and I did not feel any slow boring scene. From the stunning visuals, the story line, plot, and to the engaging characters made the movie enjoyable for me.

I would rate the movie 4 out of 5 for it's stunning visuals, great production design, and gripping storyline. I highly recommend it to sci-fi aficionados and even to the general viewers. The plot makes you think a bit but still easy to follow to enjoy the movie. If you can spare some cash, watch it in IMAX but I'm confident that the movie will look stunning as well even at regular cinemas.


Yours truly, Ted Claudio at the Oblivion backdrop at the SM Mall of Asia IMAX Theather

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Credits: Credited photos are from Oblivion and Tom Cruise Facebook Pages. Watermarked photos are my own.


  1. great review, looking forward to this now.

  2. Bill, thanks. Enjoy!