Film Review: “Oblivion” ★★ (2/5)

Oblivion is Joseph Kosenski’s second directorial effort and like his first film, the only thing I wholly enjoyed was the musical score. Tron Legacy’s music which was composed by the legendary Daft Punk, was one of the best electronic scores in film history. For Oblivion, he hired the lesser, albeit still impressive duo, M83, and the score once again overshadows everything else.

The story centers on a lone repairman called Jack Harper. His job is to extract useful resources from an apocalyptic Earth. We learn that the planet was deemed uninhabitable after years of war with an alien species. In other words, you’ll be forced to to suffer through endless shots of ruined landmarks.

Sometimes it feels like the makers of big Hollywood blockbusters have a standard script circling around, and all they do is fill in the blanks to cash in on the same old story.

[Enter Badass Iconic Name] works as a [enter regular job title to make him an everyday douche whom viewers will undeniably identify with]. One day he meets [any hot actress] and falls in love. Together, they discover that [enter an ‘all is not what it seems’ plot twist] and it is up to them to decide the fate of the entire human race. 

Now, granted people will go see the film described above. You see, viewers watch a trailer and some plot device reminds them of another film they loved and they automatically label it as a must-see film. What they don’t realise is that, unless they suffer from a severe case of amnesia, it will never leave the same impression as the initial film; it only worked the first time because it was original at the time.

Let me elaborate in simpler terms. A kid receives a cute stuffed bunny with the red PUSH label on its hand that enables the creepy “please hug me” electronic voice. The following year, the unoriginal uncle (Hollywood) gives the kid an elephant with the same feature. It doesn’t matter how you package the new gift, I assure you, the pink elephant won’t receive as many hugs as the blue bunny.

Oblivion is a badly mixed cocktail. It is visually reminiscent of I Am Legend with a plot twist identical to that of Moon and a climactic scene ripped straight out of the last few pages of the Independence Day script. Yet, it’s not nearly as enjoyable as any of them. The day I watched Oblivion, I learned that Kinder Surprise chocolate eggs are banned in the United States. It’s quite sad when you realise that a stupid fact as this was more mentally stimulating that day than anything seen in a $120 million blockbuster.

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