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(Entertainment Weekly)   Xenu ensures Tom Cruise's Oblivion is the #1 film at the box office, bringing in $38 million and giving Cruise one of his biggest openings ever. Meanwhile, 42 was #2 and everyone has forgotten about Evil Dead   (insidemovies.ew.com) divider line 102
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2013-04-21 11:15:51 PM  
Oblivion was a pretty neat film. The right amount of pretty, with a fairly cool soundtrack as well.

/it wasn't mind-blowing, however. But that ginger chick he was banging sure is hot.
 
2013-04-22 12:02:26 AM  

MadSkillz: Oblivion was a pretty neat film. The right amount of pretty, with a fairly cool soundtrack as well.

/it wasn't mind-blowing, however. But that ginger chick he was banging sure is hot.


This
 
2013-04-22 12:26:52 AM  

MadSkillz: Oblivion was a pretty neat film. The right amount of pretty, with a fairly cool soundtrack as well.


Ehh... I was disappointed. Cool concept, bad execution, I thought. And it seemed like pretty much everyone just phoned it in with their acting. The script was rather ham-fisted and cheezy, and they were really in your face about ramping up the drama (e.g. attack is coming, so cut to a kid to show us that we should be scared and worried for these people, now cue the loud dramatic music; there were so many blatant typical audience manipulators like this). Now, I'm not against ramping up the drama and tension; just the way they did it was really...uninspired. Like it was from instructions printed by the Hollywood generic How-To-Make-A-Movie machine.

The effects, however, were gorgeous, and like I said, I liked the concept. It just needed better writing and direction.

I'm not sorry I saw the movie, nor do I feel I wasted time watching it, unlike some movies (*cough*prometheus*cough*). I'm just disappointed, because it could easily have been much better.
 
2013-04-22 12:37:21 AM  
Does Cruise play Martin Septim?

Also, did they manage to sign Patrick Stewart?
 
2013-04-22 12:40:44 AM  
"Oblivion" Sci-Fi Tropes 101.

Blade Runner
Wall*E
Moon
Prometheus
Matrix

Portal
Independence Day
2001
Planet of the Apes
Solaris

Black Hole
Flash Gordon
Time Machine
Pi...

but it was visually stunning and worth the ticket price. look and sound A+, story C-.

/Tom Cruise
 
2013-04-22 12:46:48 AM  

mamoru: MadSkillz: Oblivion was a pretty neat film. The right amount of pretty, with a fairly cool soundtrack as well.

Ehh... I was disappointed. Cool concept, bad execution, I thought. And it seemed like pretty much everyone just phoned it in with their acting. The script was rather ham-fisted and cheezy, and they were really in your face about ramping up the drama (e.g. attack is coming, so cut to a kid to show us that we should be scared and worried for these people, now cue the loud dramatic music; there were so many blatant typical audience manipulators like this). Now, I'm not against ramping up the drama and tension; just the way they did it was really...uninspired. Like it was from instructions printed by the Hollywood generic How-To-Make-A-Movie machine.

The effects, however, were gorgeous, and like I said, I liked the concept. It just needed better writing and direction.

I'm not sorry I saw the movie, nor do I feel I wasted time watching it, unlike some movies (*cough*prometheus*cough*). I'm just disappointed, because it could easily have been much better.


Cruise can be good or bad. It's bad when he does 'generic action guy #82134892'(i.e. War of the Worlds, any Mission Impossible, etc) but he's at his best as either a bad guy ("Collateral" being one of my favourite movies with Cruise in it) or when it's a completely off-the-wall role ("Magnolia", another favourite movie I need to watch soon).

The other actors, well.. you have Morgan Freeman who brings gravitas to any scene just by talking, the sexy ginger chick who was blank, the sexy russian chick who was blank, and then the guy who plays Jaime Lanister, who plays that 'grizzled guy who is violent because it's his background', which is boring (every sci-fi show has one, i.e. Worf from ST:TNG, or Chewbacca). One reviewer said that Tom Cruise was basically a more intense WALL-E and that's about right I guess.

That being said, good soundtrack, gorgeous visuals, great set design and sound design, and I enjoyed it a lot.
 
2013-04-22 12:50:25 AM  

calbert: Tom Cruise and supporting actors B-

 
2013-04-22 12:56:34 AM  

MadSkillz: any Mission Impossible, etc)


I thought the first Mission Impossible movie was good. Cruise even did an okay job acting. The rest were increasingly stupid and gadget-obsessed.

Of course, the latter movies lacked Jean Reno, who instantly makes any movie much better.

"Collateral" being one of my favourite movies with Cruise in it

I'll have to check it out.

What did you think of his performance in Tropic Thunder?
 
2013-04-22 01:49:23 AM  
As much as I loathe Tom Cruise, I'm looking forward to seeing Oblivion. Mostly because of the M83 soundtrack and also Morgan Freakin Freeman.

42 is a baseball movie with Harrison Ford? They should have put Tom Cruise in the baseball movie; Ford in the cool one.

I probably will never see 42, can't stand baseball.
 
2013-04-22 01:52:12 AM  

Mr_Ectomy: I probably will never see 42, can't stand baseball.


I don't know how much it's about the baseball, and how much it's about integration. I'll probably see it once they start selling DVDs of it. Well, once I get to the stores that are already selling DVDs of it.
 
2013-04-22 01:54:34 AM  

calbert: "Oblivion" Sci-Fi Tropes 101.

Blade Runner
Wall*E
Moon
Prometheus
Matrix

Portal
Independence Day
2001
Planet of the Apes
Solaris

Black Hole
Flash Gordon
Time Machine
Pi...



I honestly can't tell what you're going for in the groupings.
 
2013-04-22 02:03:52 AM  

ib_thinkin: calbert: "Oblivion" Sci-Fi Tropes 101.

Blade Runner
Wall*E
Moon
Prometheus
Matrix

Portal
Independence Day
2001
Planet of the Apes
Solaris

Black Hole
Flash Gordon
Time Machine
Pi...


I honestly can't tell what you're going for in the groupings.


the groupings are just there to split the titles up. Oblivion has elements/plot devices/themes of all of those movies (plus more) in it.

it's "The Cabin in the Woods" of sci-fi movies.

yet I enjoyed it.
 
2013-04-22 02:21:40 AM  
You're right about Evil Dead.....I was the only person in the theater.

/Which made it even more creepy.
//Definitely got my money's worth.
 
2013-04-22 02:30:39 AM  
My takeaway from the trailer is that it's a Life-Action Wall-E, so I was going to wait for the Redbox.  Would those of you who saw it recommend it for the big screen?
 
2013-04-22 02:41:32 AM  

The_Sponge: You're right about Evil Dead.....I was the only person in the theater.

/Which made it even more creepy.
//Definitely got my money's worth.


fark yeah.  I thought it was really well done with plenty of gore and in your face horror.
 
2013-04-22 02:42:53 AM  

Gig103: My takeaway from the trailer is that it's a Life-Action Wall-E, so I was going to wait for the Redbox.  Would those of you who saw it recommend it for the big screen?


like Avatar and Prometheus, I think Oblivion will be enjoyed much better on the big screen. no matter what your home set-up is, the excellence of the sound and visuals will be diminished on your tv and the weakness of the story will be enhanced.
 
2013-04-22 03:59:44 AM  
Congratulations to all the guys who enjoyed Tom Cruise's big opening tonight....
 
2013-04-22 04:03:00 AM  

SpdrJay: Congratulations to all the guys who enjoyed Tom Cruise's big opening tonight....


what you did there, i sees it
 
2013-04-22 04:05:42 AM  
I wouldn't see any Tom Cruise movie unless he paid me lots and lots of money.

Actually, even then I wouldn't see it. I'd sit there and close my eyes all the way through.
 
2013-04-22 04:07:37 AM  
Saw Jack Reacher... that was pretty good, Praise Xenu
 
2013-04-22 04:48:17 AM  

MadSkillz: Oblivion was a pretty neat film.


I liked it better when it was called Wall E
 
2013-04-22 04:51:41 AM  
" everyone has forgotten about Evil Dead  "

From Wiki: Budget, $17 million. Box office, $61,745,000
Business Insider said it cost 5 million to produce.
It had a strong first week, it did ok. I expect a long run for dvd sales and I expect it'll be popular internationally.
 
2013-04-22 06:18:41 AM  

Sid_6.7: Does Cruise play Martin Septim?



No... Cruise played a character named Cruise.
 
2013-04-22 06:35:05 AM  

Sid_6.7: What did you think of his performance in Tropic Thunder?


One of the funniest things that I've ever seen.  He should do more like that.

Gig103: My takeaway from the trailer is that it's a Life-Action Wall-E


Watched the movie last night, and when he got to his cabin in the woods I turned to my wife and said "Wait, so he's Wall-E?"

Oblivion - Nice visuals, the house made me come in my pants, was left underwhelmed by the undeveloped plot.  First and foremost, why make an army of Tom Cruise clones to fight a planet?  If this is how the thing normally took over sentient worlds, why does it have such a crippling lack of understanding for the human psyche?  Why do the drones have such blatant weakpoints that can be exploited with assault weapons?  Shouldn't military tech have been enough to blast them out of the sky like a skeet-shoot?  My wife also noticed a major plothole:  the flight-recorder, which was jettisoned with the sleep-pods, includes content from after it was disconnected from the cockpit.

Evil Dead - Great jumps, awesome opening sequence, kept pissing me off when people was trying to run away by throwing themselves into tight hard-to-exit spaces.  Thought that the nurse should have stuck around for longer.  Lost count of how ma times the teacher got stabbed.  It was a decent movie, but as a fan of the original movies I would have liked it to be better.  Not disappointed though, because it was still more than I originally worried it would be.
 
2013-04-22 06:39:35 AM  
Just saw it last night and I liked it. I got a free ticket, but if I had paid full price I would have gotten my monies worth. The ending was  hollywood, but the  story pretty solid and thespecial effect were excellent.

You could do worse.
 
2013-04-22 06:43:04 AM  
Saw Evil Dead and was one of 4 in theater.   I remembered Evil Dead as a lot more campy and was disappointed they turned it into torture porn.
 
2013-04-22 06:44:23 AM  

Kurmudgeon: " everyone has forgotten about Evil Dead  "

From Wiki: Budget, $17 million. Box office, $61,745,000
Business Insider said it cost 5 million to produce.
It had a strong first week, it did ok. I expect a long run for dvd sales and I expect it'll be popular internationally.


I'll buy it on BR when it comes out. Fun movie.
 
2013-04-22 06:45:15 AM  

Kurmudgeon: " everyone has forgotten about Evil Dead  "

From Wiki: Budget, $17 million. Box office, $61,745,000
Business Insider said it cost 5 million to produce.
It had a strong first week, it did ok. I expect a long run for dvd sales and I expect it'll be popular internationally.



I don't get what subby means by "everyone has forgotten about Evil Dead." It came out 3 weeks ago, which is about the typical box office run for a horror movie, and it seems to have made a respectable amount of money already, well over the budget.

Was subby really expecting a hard-R rated splatter flick to be pulling in Iron Man money or something?
 
2013-04-22 07:05:44 AM  
Don't blame me for your poor taste!
 
2013-04-22 07:29:23 AM  
Oblivion was solid, but one of the most derivative films ever. Moon + Independence Day.
 
2013-04-22 07:30:43 AM  
I liked it. Sure it was derivative but what isn't? At least it wasn't a sequel, prequel or comic book movie. I actually heard it was a comic book first but you know what I mean, not DC or Marvel superheroes. As for Evil Dead not being campy enough, the first one was pretty striaght. It didn't start getting goofy until the second one and then just went batshiat insane by the third.
 
2013-04-22 07:31:22 AM  

LordXenu: Don't blame me for your poor taste!


You have a great deal to answer for, buddy.
 
2013-04-22 07:36:57 AM  
BTW, Xenu is the bad guy in the mythology. Why would he help Tom Cruise with his career? That would be like Satan pulling Jesus off the cross.
 
2013-04-22 07:44:20 AM  
I loved Oblivion, in great part due to it being very aware of the great scifi movies (and books - it used the book version of 2001!) and, for hollywood, being very hard sf version of the Berserker solution of the Fermi paradox.

That said, it was mostly what Battlefield Earth wanted to be.
 
2013-04-22 08:02:38 AM  
Saw it at an IMAX yesterday...worth the money for the focus on effects and sound.

I think Oblivion should be supported for its use of real landscapes with CGI done on top instead of the green screen reverse we seem to have gotten so addicted to as of late.

I wonder if Iceland's tourism industry is taking advantage of the advertising they are getting in Game of Thrones and Oblivion.  I went there two years ago and wished I had more time to hang out in the post apocalyptic/mystic looking backcountry...it really is beautiful.
 
2013-04-22 08:17:08 AM  
It's funny how many people zeroed in on how good the visuals and soundtrack were, and how not good the rest of it was.

I lost count on how many scenes seemed lifted from Star Wars movies.
 
2013-04-22 08:18:26 AM  
I thought it was fantastic. I'm not sure why anyone had problems with the story, it's a lot better than most recent sci-fi movies. I'd give this a 4.5/5. Way better than Prometheus imo.
 
2013-04-22 08:18:38 AM  

MadSkillz: mamoru: MadSkillz: Oblivion was a pretty neat film. The right amount of pretty, with a fairly cool soundtrack as well.

Ehh... I was disappointed. Cool concept, bad execution, I thought. And it seemed like pretty much everyone just phoned it in with their acting. The script was rather ham-fisted and cheezy, and they were really in your face about ramping up the drama (e.g. attack is coming, so cut to a kid to show us that we should be scared and worried for these people, now cue the loud dramatic music; there were so many blatant typical audience manipulators like this). Now, I'm not against ramping up the drama and tension; just the way they did it was really...uninspired. Like it was from instructions printed by the Hollywood generic How-To-Make-A-Movie machine.

The effects, however, were gorgeous, and like I said, I liked the concept. It just needed better writing and direction.

I'm not sorry I saw the movie, nor do I feel I wasted time watching it, unlike some movies (*cough*prometheus*cough*). I'm just disappointed, because it could easily have been much better.

Cruise can be good or bad. It's bad when he does 'generic action guy #82134892'(i.e. War of the Worlds, any Mission Impossible, etc) but he's at his best as either a bad guy ("Collateral" being one of my favourite movies with Cruise in it) or when it's a completely off-the-wall role ("Magnolia", another favourite movie I need to watch soon).

The other actors, well.. you have Morgan Freeman who brings gravitas to any scene just by talking, the sexy ginger chick who was blank, the sexy russian chick who was blank, and then the guy who plays Jaime Lanister, who plays that 'grizzled guy who is violent because it's his background', which is boring (every sci-fi show has one, i.e. Worf from ST:TNG, or Chewbacca). One reviewer said that Tom Cruise was basically a more intense WALL-E and that's about right I guess.

That being said, good soundtrack, gorgeous visuals, great set design and sound design, and I enjoyed it a lot.


Jaime Lannister? I'm not sure how he fits into your group (one being he in a fantasy show)- and two, we have only seen a small part of his story. He's also not grizzled- he was a knight, so he can fight, but he is also cocky...all of which will change now that he has lost his hand.
 
2013-04-22 08:26:51 AM  

The DBS: It's funny how many people zeroed in on how good the visuals and soundtrack were, and how not good the rest of it was.

I lost count on how many scenes seemed lifted from Star Wars movies.


Because explosions, zip, bang, boom.

Nobody is seeing Evil Dead anymore, because the audience that rushed to see it the first week were horror and Evil Dead fans. They went home, wrote all their online reviews for their Blogger accounts, and are now waiting for it to show up on Netflix, like those of us who didn't see it in the theater two weeks ago.

/Saw "The Place Beyond the Pines" instead.
//It was okay. It should've been a miniseries, not a movie.
 
2013-04-22 08:33:50 AM  
Don't lose any sleep over Evil Dead. Its budget was $17mill and it made  $61mill.
 
2013-04-22 08:34:11 AM  
Oblivion doesn't look very interesting.  The previews made it out to be a mash up of films I have seen already.
 
2013-04-22 08:38:33 AM  
Sorry, Xenu isn't getting my money. I saw the trailer, meh. The trailer for Jack the giant Killer, and The Lone Ranger looked far more interesting.
 
2013-04-22 08:47:01 AM  
The only thing that's keeping me from going to see Oblivion is the fact that Tom Cruise is in it. Otherwise, it looks like it could be cool.
 
2013-04-22 08:50:07 AM  

OniExpress: Sid_6.7: What did you think of his performance in Tropic Thunder?

One of the funniest things that I've ever seen.  He should do more like that.

Gig103: My takeaway from the trailer is that it's a Life-Action Wall-E

Watched the movie last night, and when he got to his cabin in the woods I turned to my wife and said "Wait, so he's Wall-E?"

Oblivion - Nice visuals, the house made me come in my pants, was left underwhelmed by the undeveloped plot.  First and foremost, why make an army of Tom Cruise clones to fight a planet?  If this is how the thing normally took over sentient worlds, why does it have such a crippling lack of understanding for the human psyche?  Why do the drones have such blatant weakpoints that can be exploited with assault weapons?  Shouldn't military tech have been enough to blast them out of the sky like a skeet-shoot?  My wife also noticed a major plothole:  the flight-recorder, which was jettisoned with the sleep-pods, includes content from after it was disconnected from the cockpit.

Evil Dead - Great jumps, awesome opening sequence, kept pissing me off when people was trying to run away by throwing themselves into tight hard-to-exit spaces.  Thought that the nurse should have stuck around for longer.  Lost count of how ma times the teacher got stabbed.  It was a decent movie, but as a fan of the original movies I would have liked it to be better.  Not disappointed though, because it was still more than I originally worried it would be.


Don't forget about the part where 'Sally' could detect Jack lying, his heart racing, and another life form in the pod, but couldn't detect a nuke right next to them..

Despite that, I really enjoyed the film.  The special effects didn't distract from the movie, which is nice.  I could only see the plot twist coming about 2 mins ahead of time, except for the 'radiation field', I knew he was going to go there. Nice concept and execution..
 
2013-04-22 09:06:22 AM  

calbert: "Oblivion" Sci-Fi Tropes 101.
Pi...


I meant to say 'Primer'.
 
2013-04-22 09:09:02 AM  

child_god: OniExpress: Sid_6.7: What did you think of his performance in Tropic Thunder?

One of the funniest things that I've ever seen.  He should do more like that.

Gig103: My takeaway from the trailer is that it's a Life-Action Wall-E

Watched the movie last night, and when he got to his cabin in the woods I turned to my wife and said "Wait, so he's Wall-E?"

Oblivion - Nice visuals, the house made me come in my pants, was left underwhelmed by the undeveloped plot.  First and foremost, why make an army of Tom Cruise clones to fight a planet?  If this is how the thing normally took over sentient worlds, why does it have such a crippling lack of understanding for the human psyche?  Why do the drones have such blatant weakpoints that can be exploited with assault weapons?  Shouldn't military tech have been enough to blast them out of the sky like a skeet-shoot?  My wife also noticed a major plothole:  the flight-recorder, which was jettisoned with the sleep-pods, includes content from after it was disconnected from the cockpit.

Evil Dead - Great jumps, awesome opening sequence, kept pissing me off when people was trying to run away by throwing themselves into tight hard-to-exit spaces.  Thought that the nurse should have stuck around for longer.  Lost count of how ma times the teacher got stabbed.  It was a decent movie, but as a fan of the original movies I would have liked it to be better.  Not disappointed though, because it was still more than I originally worried it would be.

Don't forget about the part where 'Sally' could detect Jack lying, his heart racing, and another life form in the pod, but couldn't detect a nuke right next to them..

Despite that, I really enjoyed the film.  The special effects didn't distract from the movie, which is nice.  I could only see the plot twist coming about 2 mins ahead of time, except for the 'radiation field', I knew he was going to go there. Nice concept and execution..


One plot hole that I noticed was: where did the second sleep pod come from? Weren't they all destroyed except the one occupied by Hot Russian Chick?
 
2013-04-22 09:11:11 AM  
Spoiler alert question:

The one thing I didn't get in the movie was the scene where the Jamie Lanister character shot Tom Cruise point blank . Why didn't he die? Why wasn't he hurt?

/Also wondered why the "alien" didn't detect the bomb.
 
2013-04-22 09:12:07 AM  

8 inches: The one thing I didn't get in the movie was the scene where the Jamie Lanister character shot Tom Cruise point blank . Why didn't he die? Why wasn't he hurt?


Yeah that didnt make sense. I thought it was going to be a reveal, like Lannister was shooting him to prove that he was actually a machine or something. Didn't happen.
 
2013-04-22 09:15:20 AM  

bborchar: Jaime Lannister? I'm not sure how he fits into your group (one being he in a fantasy show)- and two, we have only seen a small part of his story. He's also not grizzled- he was a knight, so he can fight, but he is also cocky...all of which will change now that he has lost his hand.


Mr Lannister is in Oblivian as Generic Disgruntled Rebel
 
2013-04-22 09:32:57 AM  

MadSkillz: But that ginger chick he was banging sure is hot.


What that Ginger Chick might look like...

6.s.dziennik.pl
 
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