Critics Consensus

Critics Consensus: Oblivion Looks Great, But Its Story Meanders

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by | April 18, 2013 | Comments

This week at the movies, we’ve got only one wide release: the post-apocalyptic sci-fi adventure Oblivion, starring Tom Cruise and Morgan Freeman. What do the critics have to say?



Can a movie get by on good looks alone? Critics say Oblivion is visually striking but narratively thin, a thoughtful sci-fi head trip that starts strong but gets bogged down by its murky storyline. While working as a repairman on an abandoned, post-Apocalyptic Planet Earth, Jack Harper (Tom Cruise) discovers that he’s not alone — and that everything he knows has been a lie. The pundits say Cruise’s strong performance helps to enliven the proceedings, but Oblivion is largely derivative of other, better sci-fi films. (Check out this week’s 24 Frames and Total Recall features for more on post-apocalyptic movies.)

Also opening this week in limited release:

Finally, props to Emilio Rodriguez and Kadeem Stewart for coming the closest to guessing Scary Movie 5‘s five percent Tomatometer.

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