OBLIVION Blu-ray Review
Oblivion arrived on Blu-ray, DVD and Digital formats this past week. Directed by Joseph Kosinski, the film stars Tom Cruise, Olga Kurylenko, Andrea Riseborough, Morgan Freeman, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, and Melissa Leo. The stunning visuals and epic score by M83 can’t make up for the screenplay that has too many elements, making it bloated.
Oblivion is set on a future Earth that has been ravaged by war making it uninhabitable for humans. People have fled to outerspace colonies and teams collect ancient artifacts from the polluted surface below. Cruise plays Jack, a futuristic blue-collar worker stationed there to repair drones that patrol earth hunting savage alien life form. While on patrol, Jack encounters a beautiful woman who crashed in a craft and they have an experience that forces him to question his world view.
If the synopsis sounds odd, trust me it is. Kosinski tries to cram a high-concept story into a futuristic action-thriller and fails in my opinion. The cinematography and visual effects are amazing, but they can only keep me entertained for a portion of the film. I initially regretted not seeing this on the big screen, but am thankful that I did not spend the money. The picture and sound quality are superb for home viewing.
Science fiction thrillers typically have a nice blend of action and suspense. The action sequences were epic, but I would have been happy with more. There are some surprising turns that you will have to wait until the final act for, that is if you have not given up on the film.
I am a fan of Tom Cruise, and highly recommend you check out Jack Reacher if you have not already. Cruise is blew me away in other sci-fi films like Miniority Report and War of the Worlds. His performance seemed flat in Oblivion. Morgan Freeman is horribly underused. Kurylyenko and Riseborough are great, and I hope to see more of them in future roles. Character development is lackluster, making them easily expendable. I could not find myself motivated to care for their survival or the survival of the human race.
One of the silver linings to the Blu-ray is the sweeping score by M83. It is a great fit for this film, and a wonderful listen regardless. The picture quality and audio quality are wonderful on Blu-ray.
Oblivion Blu-ray Special Features:
- Audio Commentary
- Promise of a New World
- Deleted Scenes
- Isolated M83 Score presented in Dolby TrueHD 5.1 surround.