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Review: Tom Cruise tones it down in visually stunning 'Oblivion'
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Posted on 04/18/2013 12:21:34 PM PDT by Perdogg

“Oblivion” is a spectacular science fiction movie... until it isn’t.

Writer-director Joseph Kosinski (“Tron: Legacy”) has created a post-apocalyptic world so rich in detail and gorgeous design, that from the get-go it’s easy to assume this film will become a sci-fi classic. But as “Oblivion” crosses the threshold from the unknown to the all-too-obvious, the Tom Cruise alien adventure falls into familiar territory.

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KEYWORDS: hollywood; moviereview; oblivion; scifi; tomcruise
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1 posted on 04/18/2013 12:21:34 PM PDT by Perdogg
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To: Perdogg

Who is Tom Cruise?


2 posted on 04/18/2013 12:22:28 PM PDT by listenhillary (Courts, law enforcement, roads and national defense should be the extent of government)
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To: Aevery_Freeman; ShadowAce; Jack Hydrazine; Altariel; nuancey; Thorliveshere; skinkinthegrass; ...

ping


3 posted on 04/18/2013 12:23:36 PM PDT by Perdogg (Sen Ted Cruz, Sen Mike Lee, and Sen Rand Paul are my adoptive Senators)
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To: listenhillary

enough already.


4 posted on 04/18/2013 12:24:04 PM PDT by Perdogg (Sen Ted Cruz, Sen Mike Lee, and Sen Rand Paul are my adoptive Senators)
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To: Perdogg

Oblivion,,,,is that a movie about Obama?


5 posted on 04/18/2013 12:26:10 PM PDT by mardi59 (IMPEACH OBAMA NOW!!!!!)
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To: listenhillary
Who is Tom Cruise?

Not sure. Could be the guy who used to be married to Nicole Kidman.

6 posted on 04/18/2013 12:26:20 PM PDT by InterceptPoint
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To: Perdogg

Are you a fan?


7 posted on 04/18/2013 12:26:27 PM PDT by listenhillary (Courts, law enforcement, roads and national defense should be the extent of government)
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To: Perdogg

8 posted on 04/18/2013 12:27:25 PM PDT by JoeProBono (A closed mouth gathers no feet - Mater tua caligas exercitus gerit ;-{)
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To: listenhillary
Who is Tom Cruise?

A gay scientologist that hasn't come out of the closet yet.
9 posted on 04/18/2013 12:29:08 PM PDT by jrg
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To: Perdogg

I gotta agree that it does look good despite Cruise.

I watched the first episode of “Defiance” the other night. Its got possibilities but I’m really hoping it gets better. I was kinda bothered that they didn’t spend the first show on explaining the war and how it created the world it did.


10 posted on 04/18/2013 12:32:48 PM PDT by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: Perdogg

I don’t care what you people say. I like sci fi, and I have rarely seen a Tom Cruise movie I didn’t like.

I intend to see this.... should be fun.


11 posted on 04/18/2013 12:38:23 PM PDT by Nachum (The Obama "List" at www.nachumlist.com)
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To: Perdogg

Is this another Glowbull Warming movie?

Regardless, I’m tired of Tom Cruise and Morgan Freeman.

Maybe these idiots can convince others to see their movies, I just don’t care anymore.


12 posted on 04/18/2013 12:39:53 PM PDT by chris37 (Heartless.)
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To: chris37

Then why did you comment if you don’t care?


13 posted on 04/18/2013 12:42:26 PM PDT by Perdogg (Sen Ted Cruz, Sen Mike Lee, and Sen Rand Paul are my adoptive Senators)
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To: Perdogg

The trailers look good, I don’t go to movies very often but will for this one. Tom Cruise is a pretty good actor IMO, don’t care about the scientology cult, just can’t stand Morgan Freeman.


14 posted on 04/18/2013 12:45:12 PM PDT by dainbramaged (Joe McCarthy was right.)
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To: Nachum

Strange how things work...I’ve only seen one Tom Cruise film I DID like: Collateral. The rest were so much dreck to me. But I’m glad we don’t see eye-to-eye...it gives us things to talk about! LOL!


15 posted on 04/18/2013 12:51:47 PM PDT by Monkey Face ( The good outnumber the evil ones, and we always will.)
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To: Perdogg

That was always my complaint with Michael Crichton’s sci fi books, especially the ones converted to movies - too many times he just didn’t know how to end the story— Predictability is really hard to avoid these days, n’est ce pas? But, if 90% is good, then I will forgive a lame ending. 50%, not so much.


16 posted on 04/18/2013 12:55:38 PM PDT by Sioux-san
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To: cripplecreek

Night and network for Defiance?


17 posted on 04/18/2013 12:55:40 PM PDT by pabianice
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To: pabianice

Mondays on SYFY at 9/8 central.

http://www.defiance.com/en/

Seven races living together on a terraformed earth.


18 posted on 04/18/2013 12:59:18 PM PDT by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: Perdogg
Cruise surprisingly takes a back-seat to the spectacle, not letting his performance be the focal point

Yea, right.

19 posted on 04/18/2013 1:05:17 PM PDT by razorback-bert (I'm in shape. Round is a shape isn't it?)
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To: dainbramaged

We just wait for it on blue ray and rent from the library nowadays.


20 posted on 04/18/2013 1:05:29 PM PDT by cuban leaf (Were doomed! Details at eleven.)
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To: cripplecreek

Sounds like the Xindi fiasco that ended “Enterprise” three years early. We stopped watching “Game of Thrones” because it just got too complicated and crowded to enjoy.


21 posted on 04/18/2013 1:15:35 PM PDT by pabianice
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To: Nachum

I like si-fi also, especially the old 1950s B&W versions. Even the hokey special effects I can live with.

Today’s si-fi are ok if they got a decent plot (BATTLE Los Angeles comes to mind), but not one driven by computer special effects (John Carter or the awful VAN HELSING).

Many are quick crap made for the sifi channel or quick DVD sale with awful special effects.

I’ll never forget the day back in 1976 when I sat down with my soda and popcorn to watch the Si-fi movie always shown on Saturday night TV.

What I got was...”LIVE FROM NEW YORK! IT’S SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE!”

Si fi had disappeared for NY crap. I was never the same since.


22 posted on 04/18/2013 1:16:47 PM PDT by Ruy Dias de Bivar (Do we now register our pressure cookers?)
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To: Nachum
I like sci fi, and I have rarely seen a Tom Cruise movie I didn’t like.

Cruise is like Mel Gibson - they may be borderline weirdos in person but put them either behind a camera or in front of one and they are two of the most talented people in the movie industry.

23 posted on 04/18/2013 1:20:24 PM PDT by vbmoneyspender
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To: listenhillary
Who is Tom Cruise?

Some guy with a glass egg that likes to dance in his underwear.

24 posted on 04/18/2013 1:21:36 PM PDT by Yo-Yo
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To: Perdogg
The vast majority of all Tom Cruise movies goes like this:

He's an up and coming guy in his field, flashy and talented but vain and flawed.

Through some tribulations and challenges, he learns a bit about humility and about himself and learns a new set of values that make him a better person.

(They keep the clay tables off camera.)

25 posted on 04/18/2013 1:28:07 PM PDT by dead (I've got my eye out for Mullah Omar.)
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To: dead

One wag said that ‘Days of Thunder’ gave new meaning to the words “Formula One”.


26 posted on 04/18/2013 1:42:36 PM PDT by Borges
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To: cripplecreek
Its got possibilities but I’m really hoping it gets better.

I wouldn't hold my breath. I was looking forward to it due to all the hype it got and was extremely disappointed.

IMHO, it's just another cheap sci-fi series with no real plot line and mediocre acting.

With that being said, I love all sci-fi movies and will look forward to watching more of Defiance. My criticism of it is over since it is what it is and really not up to argument status...........

As for Oblivion, I can't wait to see it despite whoever is starring in it. I don't discriminate against sci-fi or any other genre simply because of the politics of whoever is starring in the film.

27 posted on 04/18/2013 1:42:39 PM PDT by Hot Tabasco (This space for rent)
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To: pabianice

Yes! The whole Xindi thing was a disappointing end to a good series. I haven’t seen Game of Thrones but I remember Heroes becoming so ridiculously complicated and muddled that I stopped watching that too.


28 posted on 04/18/2013 1:46:36 PM PDT by GOP_Party_Animal
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To: cripplecreek; pabianice
Seven races living together on a terraformed earth.

Terraformed to someone else's idea of what their Terra looks like.

Allows exotic animals and plants, and nice beachfront property in Antarctica.

They seem to have altered quite a bit of the geology as well.

29 posted on 04/18/2013 1:55:54 PM PDT by null and void (Republicans create the tools of oppression and Democrats use them. Gun confiscation enables tyranny.)
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To: Hot Tabasco

I think Defiance would had been much better off if they had treated it like a series they intend to keep.

They should have started with the other races on the Arkships and done a little background on both the ships and earth. They could have easily spent a season with the arkship arrival, terraforming, war and beginnings of arkfall.

One thing that really bothers me is the Gateway arch sticking up out of an alpine environment with no Mississippi river. I can suspend reality for a sci fi series but any terraforming process that can raise mountains like that is going to end that arch.


30 posted on 04/18/2013 2:03:05 PM PDT by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: null and void
I did enjoy the alien girl singing Johnny Cash though.

Well, go on down to Jackson; go ahead and wreck your health.

Go play your hand you big-talkin' man, make a big fool of yourself,

Yeah, go to Jackson; go comb your hair!

Honey, I'm gonna snowball Jackson.
See if I care.


I also like the alien out walking his Jack Russel pup in the middle of the night.
31 posted on 04/18/2013 2:06:52 PM PDT by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: Ruy Dias de Bivar
I like si-fi also, especially the old 1950s B&W versions. Even the hokey special effects I can live with.

YESSSS!

This is what should be on the "SyFy" channel instead of endless ghost chasing, paranormal bump humping and wrasslin'!

32 posted on 04/18/2013 2:14:08 PM PDT by null and void (Republicans create the tools of oppression and Democrats use them. Gun confiscation enables tyranny.)
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To: Perdogg
Not a big fan of Cruise and the movie has been getting mediocre reviews. Won't go see it in the theaters but will probably watch it when it comes on TV. If for no other reason than:


33 posted on 04/18/2013 2:17:36 PM PDT by Malone LaVeigh
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To: cripplecreek

Those were nice touches.


34 posted on 04/18/2013 2:22:01 PM PDT by null and void (Republicans create the tools of oppression and Democrats use them. Gun confiscation enables tyranny.)
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To: listenhillary

He is the CEO of Hoveround.


35 posted on 04/18/2013 2:25:12 PM PDT by traderrob6
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To: cripplecreek
I watched the first episode of “Defiance” the other night. Its got possibilities but I’m really hoping it gets better.

If you go to wikipedia, it gives you the whole background on the series. It's so long and detailed I actually got tired of reading about it.

Since Rockne S. O'Bannon produced it, I am hoping it'll get better and be as good as Farscape.

36 posted on 04/18/2013 2:53:48 PM PDT by hattend (Firearms and ammunition...the only growing industries under the Obama regime.)
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To: null and void
This is what should be on the "SyFy" channel instead of endless ghost chasing, paranormal bump humping and wrasslin'!

While I agree with you, I'm also tired of the giant snakes and alligators and snake fish that dominate the Saturday afternoon Sy-Fi channel....

As a side note, the latest paranormal crap should be called "Red Neck Stupidity Paranormal" since that's what it looks like........sheesh!

37 posted on 04/18/2013 3:10:54 PM PDT by Hot Tabasco (This space for rent)
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To: Perdogg

Because I asked a question?

Is that a crime or something?

Why did you respond to my post if you aren’t going to answer my question?


38 posted on 04/18/2013 3:11:30 PM PDT by chris37 (Heartless.)
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To: chris37

It has nothing to do with global warming. I am sorry, the way you phrased it just came off as being snotty. ;)


39 posted on 04/18/2013 3:13:03 PM PDT by Perdogg (Sen Ted Cruz, Sen Mike Lee, and Sen Rand Paul are my adoptive Senators)
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To: Monkey Face

I thought Valkyrie was very good. Very different from the usual.


40 posted on 04/18/2013 3:13:15 PM PDT by Vanders9
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To: Perdogg

The latest trailer looked pretty good. But I think I’ll wait for the DVD since we spent our movie budget money on Jurassic Park IMAX 3D. It was so worth it.


41 posted on 04/18/2013 3:24:29 PM PDT by llmc1
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To: Perdogg

I’m looking forward to it.


42 posted on 04/18/2013 3:26:01 PM PDT by trisham (Zen is not easy. It takes effort to attain nothingness. And then what do you have? Bupkis.)
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To: vbmoneyspender
Cruise is like Mel Gibson - they may be borderline weirdos in person but put them either behind a camera or in front of one and they are two of the most talented people in the movie industry.

Indeed. One other thing is that nobody has ever complained about working with them. The project comes in under budget and in time. Lot's of respect here.

43 posted on 04/18/2013 3:27:10 PM PDT by Nachum (The Obama "List" at www.nachumlist.com)
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To: Monkey Face
Strange how things work...I’ve only seen one Tom Cruise film I DID like: Collateral. The rest were so much dreck to me. But I’m glad we don’t see eye-to-eye...it gives us things to talk about! LOL!

Ah well, sometimes you eat the bear, sometimes the bear eats you :)

44 posted on 04/18/2013 3:30:36 PM PDT by Nachum (The Obama "List" at www.nachumlist.com)
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To: Nachum

That’s what the local gamblers say, here in the Vegas Valley...;o]


45 posted on 04/18/2013 3:31:50 PM PDT by Monkey Face ( The good outnumber the evil ones, and we always will.)
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To: vbmoneyspender
I really liked "War of the Worlds" and the "Mission Impossible" movies. Cruise is great.

I love Gibson's movies as well.

46 posted on 04/18/2013 3:36:53 PM PDT by trisham (Zen is not easy. It takes effort to attain nothingness. And then what do you have? Bupkis.)
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To: Vanders9

I haven’t seen Valkyrie, but if I can watch it without paying for it, I will do so. Thanks for the info.

‘Face


47 posted on 04/18/2013 3:38:34 PM PDT by Monkey Face ( The good outnumber the evil ones, and we always will.)
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To: Perdogg
“Oblivion” is a spectacular science fiction movie... until it isn’t.

Don't tell me ...

... is that when Travolta shows up?

48 posted on 04/18/2013 3:45:10 PM PDT by x
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To: trisham; Nachum
The Mission Impossible movies are getting better with each sequal. Jack Reacher was good too.

For Gibson, I loved his recent movie Get the Gringo. Really funny. Even does an imitation of Clint Eastwood directing a movie. Hilarious!

Re Gibson, The Imaginationland South Park episode has a scene where the military is trying to get help from Hollywood in conquering monsters coming from our collective imagination. They bring in several directors to help. First M Night Shyamalan, then Michael Bay and finally Mel Gibson. Pretty fun clip: http://www.dailymotion.com/video/xphtbw_south-park-those-aren-t-ideas-they-re-special-fx_fun#.UXB6KEqNDs8

49 posted on 04/18/2013 4:04:01 PM PDT by vbmoneyspender
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To: vbmoneyspender
<(I>The Mission Impossible movies are getting better with each sequal.

I sort of like the first one the best. It was (to me) the closest thing to the original concept. Kept us guessing.

50 posted on 04/18/2013 4:11:22 PM PDT by Nachum (The Obama "List" at www.nachumlist.com)
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