Oblivion Tuesday, 07 April 2020


Additional Info

  • Rating:

    M: Science fiction violence and infrequent coarse language.

  • The pitch:

    Tom Cruise finds himself.

  • Starring:

    Tom Cruise, Andrea Riseborough, Morgan Freeman, Olga Kurylenko, Melissa Leo, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Zoe Bell

  • Directed by:

    Joseph Kosinski

  • Running time:

    125 minutes

  • Rated:

    M (Australia), 12A (UK), PG-13 (USA)


    Apocalyptic stories tell of destruction by war, earthquakes, tsunamis, nukes, contamination. Devastated habitat, debris, destroyed landmarks seen. Futuristic weapons resemble handguns, machine guns, sub-machine guns, rifles. Weapons-grade plutonium, nuclear weapons (mentioned). Aircraft, drones spin out of control. People are shot, incinerated, dragged, threatened, beaten, punched, kicked, wrestled, head-locked, tied up, restrained, kidnapped, butt-whipped, blindfolded, attacked by humans and drones. A man falls down a sinkhole. Explosions, sparks, fires seen. Furniture, objects, windows smashed. Damage to property, aircraft, drones. Screaming. Blood/gore: Blood is seen on nose, forehead, face, stomach, hands, clothing. Bloody bullet wound.


    Foreplay, kissing. Nudity: Skinny-dipping (full female nudity seen from behind; obscured, blurred). Couple shower together. Nude humans seen in suspension tanks.


    Alcohol (mentioned). Smoking (cigar). A healing spray is administered.


    F-word, s-words, sonofab*tch, p*ss. Cultural, racial and gender stereotyping. Religious references and exclamations.


    Science fiction, teamwork, insubordination, memory, relationships, hierarchy, rebellion, suicide mission, environmental impact, war, humanity, desertion, defection.


    Troposphere setting. Desert setting. Cinematography features very high aerials and fast-moving camerawork. Flash editing creates strobe effect. Thunder, lightning, lightning strike. Mangy dog, fish, buzzing insects. Waterfalls. Licked finger, vomiting. IV drip, needle, breathing fluid, delta sleep seen. Radiation, starvation, dehydration, death, burial (mentioned).


    Gorgeous CGI, complex narrative. Imaginative, speculative, visually enthralling, stylish. Score is effective during first half.


    Loses momentum in the second half. Lacks substance, doesn't jell. Unexciting plot. Score becomes repetitive. Tom-heavy. Underwhelming, incoherent, self-indulgent.

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