Oblivion - quick review (no major spoilers)

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  1. Jason_V

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    Agreed. I was just bored by Oblivion and I know that's not what the production was going for. There are a lot of questions the movie brings up I don't have good answers for which it clearly didn't think of...

    1) Why does each tower have a glass bottom "pool" when it is supposed to be a living habitat for workers, not to mention dangling high over the Earth on cliffs?2) How is it that Tech 49 has not met any other techs in the entire time he's on Earth? Is it a function of the radiation zones and no one having breached them?3) How does Sally recognize Tech 49 is lying by analyzing his voice but can't figure out the body with Tech 49 is an older man and not a young woman?
     
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    Yeah, I thought the production design was AMAZING, the score was really good (and I don't even like electronic-y music) and the rest of the movie was OK. Overall, I think it's worth checking out but it's nothing spectacular either. I didn't see it in IMAX but I have to imagine that it's pretty impressive.
     
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    I hate to say this , but some of the scenes felt like Tron Legacy, but in the desert. :D
     
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    Travis-

    Your #3 was a big problem for me. The other two not so much; but that third one I thought was bad. Actually

    I thought the entire bad guy was bad. I didn't get the point of a giant floating rock that wanted to tear up the world ... for what purpose? I couldn't find any purpose to the bad guy that made any sense.. it was one of those bad guys where you go: really? I mean, maybe there is an alien mind of sorts, but what is being gained here at all by the aliens? It was never clear at all. And if they had been sucking up the oceans for decades, why weren't the oceans gone, and more importantly, what the hell were they doing with the oceans?

    The longer I get away from it, the more the whole plot setup doesn't make sense at all.
     
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    The aliens were stealing our water. All the Tech teams were helping the aliens to do so by repairing the drones. The scavs were trying to prevent the theft. As for decades of "ocean sucking," do you realize how much water is contained in Earth's oceans? 3.325 x 108 cubic miles (according to the USGS). If they sucked 1 cubic mile a day, it would take 91,096 years to take it all. If they were going to be done in 2 weeks at the end of 60 years, they were sucking 15,183 cubic miles a day. The Tet was probably a drone itself, sent out to destroy civilizations all over the universe and take their water.

    I loved the movie and really enjoyed the sense of mystery and wonder that the film evoked.
     
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    I wasn't particularly enthused about this one but liked it - liked it a lot. Didn't find it to be as predictable as others - thought it nodded to earlier films but didn't rip them off, and I thought it unspooled at a good pace. Not too fast, not too slow - just quick enough to give us an interesting story and let us follow its path.
    Yes, Cruise does "play Cruise", but he's still fine in the part, and he grounds the film.

    Much more involving than I expected, and it had a lot more heart than the average sci-fi/action flick - I got a bit choked up at the end and found it to be emotional.

    Probably the most enjoyable 2013 film I've seen so far...
     
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    Saw it last night.... A few things...


    -I pretty much figured the aliens didn't loose the war. Especially, since the human tech was waaaay to advanced. I was surprised that Jack was a clone. I jus assumed he was captured and the mindwipe was to make him obediant.-Still trying to figure out why they needed human techs to supervise repairs. Such an advaced race shouldn't need us to do that. They also said that they had 100's of thousands of Jacks to attack Earth. Also, seems a bit odd to do that.-They weren't taking the water to keep. Jack said the water was being used for power generation.-On a side note. I am curious if the destruction of the moon would cause such catastrophic changes to Earth? Yes, I know they attacked after. But, if you see what NYC looks like with. No bombing attack would do that to the enviroment.
     
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    Since it's been in commercials I'm not spoilering this.. the thing with the moon also bothered me; fractured into pieces like that, you would think that it would not maintain a similar orbit, and the odds of an earth impact with the moon (or large pieces of it) would be very high.
     
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    +1
     
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    ** out of 4. It was better than THE LORDS OF SALEM but that's not saying too much. :)

    I thought the performances were good and the visuals in the film were terrific. I really don't care for CGI because it just makes everything look too fake but I thought it was fantastic here. The look of the broken down Earth was fantastic and I thought the later scenes in space were great.

    With that said, this story was downright stupid, boring and drawn out. It doesn't help that the direction was lacking because not once did I feel any drama in the story nor did I really care about what was going on. I even didn't care about any of the characters. It's really too bad that there wasn't anything connecting me to the story and the big twists throughout the film were rather easy to figure out.

    I've never seen a film in IMAX and I didn't start here. After the movie was over I snuck into the IMAX screenings just to see what the hype was all about and I must say I'm not sure I'd be willing to pay the extra cash.
     
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    Can't argue with that.
     
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    MichaelWhat didn't you like about the IMAX screening?I ask because I for one have never regretted paying the extra $5 or so for an IMAX screening as it has always enhanced the film (when its good of course) immeasurably. Size, sound, clarity, 3D always better in IMAX. But as always, your mileage may vary......
     
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    I can't figure out which surprises me more: how many people liked "Olympus Has Fallen" or how many people DISliked "Oblivion"!
     
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    I can't speak for Michael but I have two different IMAX screens in my area. One is a HUGE screen and the other is just a larger than normal screen (or LieMAX as its been dubbed) so I can see how someone wouldn't be that impressed if they're seeing LieMAX.
     
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    You haven't seen Thundarr the Barbarian?!?!? Reliable science in cartoon form.Truthfully, yes. The moon controls the tides, and that could mess the planet up. To what extent...I don't know.
     
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    One would think that if they didn't understand Physics. The broken pieces would continue to maintain an orbit around Earth. Perhaps the moon debris was pushed away from the earth during its breaking or, better yet, pushed in the direction of the orbit. Given a rotational velocity, the pieces would continue to orbit our planet, rather than crash into it. Some pieces would crash earthward but most would be drawn together due to gravity. Eventually, the moon pieces would coalesce into a sphere again. Although not mentioned, I'm sure part of the destruction that occured on Earth was due in part to deep imapcts of lunar material.
     
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    The sun also controls the tides of the earth and if we had no moon, there would still be a tidal pull on the planet. Since the moon is closer, it causes higher tides. There must have been something else to cause the earthquakes and tsunamis.
     
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    To be fair, I just watched about three minutes of the movie but I guess I just thought it would be bigger like those real Imax screens that I went to as a kid. Perhaps my expectations were just something unrealistic but I just didn't think the size or image was worth the extra money. I watch way too many movies so I usually try to go cheap with the $5 (or $6 AMC shows) so paying an almost extra $10 just didn't seem worth it for me.

    I will probably try a complete movie at some point but I'm not sure which one I'll pick to do so.
     
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    I saw this last week while on vacation in Orlando. Enjoy the movie, nothing great but had a good time. What impressed me the most was seeing it in Dolby Atmos! Holy cow, was that an amazing experience. Makes me wish I could drive to Orlando for every movie because I bet it will be a long time before the theater here in Montgomery adds Atmos.
     
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    I saw "Good Day to Die Hard" Atmos and wasn't impressed - I thought it sounded good but not "game-changing good".

    However, it was so effin' LOUD that it became more difficult to rate. I had to put in earplugs to stand it!
     

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