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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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2013-04-22 09:35:17 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?


Definitely a big screen movie. I saw it at a matinee yesterday, so the price was right, and it's a good popcorn movie.
It would lose a lot on a home screen.
 
2013-04-22 09:37:21 AM  

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

What that Ginger Chick might look like...

[6.s.dziennik.pl image 850x447]


img.thesun.co.uk

She should keep the ginger look.
 
2013-04-22 09:38:39 AM  

DamnYankees: 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.


I think his suit was supposed to be some sort of body armor - you can see a deformed metal slug lying next to him when he's on the ground in that scene.
 
2013-04-22 09:39:31 AM  

8 inches: 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.


It looked like he was wearing body armor.
 
2013-04-22 09:49:29 AM  

8 inches: 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.


His suit stopped it. You can see the mangled bullet laying next to him as he's gasping for breath on the ground.
 
2013-04-22 10:01:02 AM  

Solon Isonomia: I think his suit was supposed to be some sort of body armor - you can see a deformed metal slug lying next to him when he's on the ground in that scene.


Ya, I get that - but then why did he shoot him at all?
 
2013-04-22 10:06:30 AM  
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2013-04-22 10:15:13 AM  
It was the pretty and enjoyable 70's era dystopia sci fi flick it set out to be.  Derivative as all hell, but it went solid places with what it absorbed from other sources.
 
2013-04-22 10:16:06 AM  

DamnYankees: Solon Isonomia: I think his suit was supposed to be some sort of body armor - you can see a deformed metal slug lying next to him when he's on the ground in that scene.

Ya, I get that - but then why did he shoot him at all?


She was on her period?
 
2013-04-22 10:16:33 AM  

Litterbox: 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.


I went with 2 friends, 1 would agree with you, the other and myself not at all. We got exactly what we were expecting, a remake into a modern gore fest, which was greatly disappointing. We were hoping for a good movie that lived up to the legacy, but all we got was splatter fest. Gore isnt horror IMO. The only "scary" thing was the pop ups that make you jump..and after like the 5th one its just annoying. If they were gonna make another dime a dozen splatter flick (which they did) the least they could do was throw in some titty (which they didnt).
 
2013-04-22 10:25:41 AM  

MadSkillz: or when it's a completely off-the-wall role ("Magnolia", another favourite movie I need to watch soon).


I don't know that I would say it's one of my all-time favorite moves, but Magnolia effected me emotionally like very few movies ever have. Yeah, I should probably watch it again soon.
 
2013-04-22 10:28:52 AM  

DamnYankees: Solon Isonomia: I think his suit was supposed to be some sort of body armor - you can see a deformed metal slug lying next to him when he's on the ground in that scene.

Ya, I get that - but then why did he shoot him at all?


Probably to shut him up and make him stop struggling.
 
2013-04-22 10:29:52 AM  
I liked Oblivion well enough but was bothered by 2.5 things:

1.  The trope that a hyper advanced civilization / technocracy needs us for slave labor

2.  The lazy, lazy, LAZY writing trope of killing the head vampire.

"Guys we built up to this epic conflict and have no reasonable way out"

"how about we kill the boss monster and then all the minion monsters die.  That always works!"

.5  It would have been nice to have some resolution of all the other tower people in the 'three years after' (without spoiling it would have nice to see them at the end with the group)
 
2013-04-22 10:31:09 AM  

Abe Vigoda's Ghost: Brick-House: MadSkillz: But that ginger chick he was banging sure is hot.

What that Ginger Chick might look like...

[6.s.dziennik.pl image 850x447]

[img.thesun.co.uk image 620x845]

She should keep the ginger look.


Is she a red head to begin with? If so why would a red head dye her hair? Or shave it? (well, all of it)
 
2013-04-22 10:31:37 AM  

BafflerMeal: .5  It would have been nice to have some resolution of all the other tower people in the 'three years after' (without spoiling it would have nice to see them at the end with the group)


Yeah that was obviously a giant matzah ball left hanging out there.
 
2013-04-22 10:37:37 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?


I would opt for IMAX.  It is good eye candy, it won't hold up as well on TV.
 
2013-04-22 10:37:54 AM  
Oblivion was very good - clearly very influenced by Portal.
Saw Evil Dead and 42 as well.
But Trance was the best movie I saw all weekend.
 
2013-04-22 10:41:39 AM  
DamnYankees

DamnYankees: BafflerMeal: .5  It would have been nice to have some resolution of all the other tower people in the 'three years after' (without spoiling it would have nice to see them at the end with the group)

Yeah that was obviously a giant matzah ball left hanging out there.


Tvtropes calls it What happened to the mouse
 
2013-04-22 10:44:26 AM  
I thoroughly enjoyed Oblivion. There's been a dearth of watchable sci-fi lately. Then all of a sudden we're flush with seemingly decent original properties, e.g. not remakes/sequels/prequels/reboots/comic book adaptations. Oblivion topped my expectations. Here's hoping this trend continues with After Earth, Elysium and Pacific Rim. Ah hell, who am I kidding, if Pacific Rim is 5 minutes of setup followed by 2 hours of Kaiju v. Robot Rocket-Punchery I'll be happy.
 
2013-04-22 10:47:55 AM  

BafflerMeal: I liked Oblivion well enough but was bothered by 2.5 things:

1.  The trope that a hyper advanced civilization / technocracy needs us for slave labor

2.  The lazy, lazy, LAZY writing trope of killing the head vampire.

"Guys we built up to this epic conflict and have no reasonable way out"

"how about we kill the boss monster and then all the minion monsters die.  That always works!"


Texdent covered the 'what happened to the mouse' entry.  I'll toss in Keystone Army.
 
2013-04-22 10:49:47 AM  

MithrandirBooga: 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.


Better than Prometheus?  Maybe.  Oblivion is good 101 level scifi.  Promeheus is much more ambitious.
 
2013-04-22 10:50:42 AM  

karmaceutical: MithrandirBooga: 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.

Better than Prometheus?  Maybe.  Oblivion is good 101 level scifi.  Promeheus is much more ambitious.


Yeah, Prometheus aims much higher but doesn't quite get there. I'm happier that exists than Oblivion exists, though.
 
2013-04-22 10:51:40 AM  

Mugato: 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.


You just wrote my first hollywood movie.

Satan saves Jesus and brings him back from the dead after ungrateful humans torture him for spreading a message of love and peace and universal health care and increased sword control because he knows that the rest of eternity would be boring without having an arch nemesis.

Dust off your satan mask Tim Curry, we got work to do...
 
2013-04-22 10:53:08 AM  
and after this weekend it will only make about a million per week and will be deemed a failure in the box office

Xenu - 1
Tom Cruise - still sucks ass (I meant 0)
 
2013-04-22 10:59:57 AM  

xalres: I thoroughly enjoyed Oblivion. There's been a dearth of watchable sci-fi lately. Then all of a sudden we're flush with seemingly decent original properties, e.g. not remakes/sequels/prequels/reboots/comic book adaptations. Oblivion topped my expectations. Here's hoping this trend continues with After Earth, Elysium and Pacific Rim. Ah hell, who am I kidding, if Pacific Rim is 5 minutes of setup followed by 2 hours of Kaiju v. Robot Rocket-Punchery I'll be happy.


After Earth is M. Night Shamalamadingdong. Put aside any positive or negative feelings about Will Smith and his brood, this movie will be awful b/c of the director. The trailers go out of their way to downplay Mr. The Happening.
 
2013-04-22 11:03:12 AM  

Trocadero: xalres: I thoroughly enjoyed Oblivion. There's been a dearth of watchable sci-fi lately. Then all of a sudden we're flush with seemingly decent original properties, e.g. not remakes/sequels/prequels/reboots/comic book adaptations. Oblivion topped my expectations. Here's hoping this trend continues with After Earth, Elysium and Pacific Rim. Ah hell, who am I kidding, if Pacific Rim is 5 minutes of setup followed by 2 hours of Kaiju v. Robot Rocket-Punchery I'll be happy.

After Earth is M. Night Shamalamadingdong. Put aside any positive or negative feelings about Will Smith and his brood, this movie will be awful b/c of the director. The trailers go out of their way to downplay Mr. The Happening.


Awwwwww FECK! Well, the other two are from Blomkamp and Del Toro, so here's hoping.
 
2013-04-22 11:10:09 AM  

texdent: DamnYankeesDamnYankees: BafflerMeal: .5  It would have been nice to have some resolution of all the other tower people in the 'three years after' (without spoiling it would have nice to see them at the end with the group)

Yeah that was obviously a giant matzah ball left hanging out there.

Tvtropes calls it What happened to the mouse


It should be illegal to post a TVtropes link early Monday morning. Now I'll never get anything done.
 
2013-04-22 11:14:24 AM  

whosits_112: 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?


Actually, they covered that when they were captured at the crash site.  They took two intact pods with them; presumably the ones for the pilot and copilot.  And wasn't the first pod that he checked at the site empty, before finding ones with people in them?
 
2013-04-22 11:22:16 AM  
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2013-04-22 11:23:18 AM  

OniExpress: whosits_112: 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?

Actually, they covered that when they were captured at the crash site.  They took two intact pods with them; presumably the ones for the pilot and copilot.  And wasn't the first pod that he checked at the site empty, before finding ones with people in them?


Well, Hell, I didn't even notice that they took two. Thanks! And, I was sure the first pod he saw had an Asian guy in it, but I could be wrong again.
 
2013-04-22 11:25:49 AM  
Did they get George Takei to reprise his role?

starwrecked.com
 
2013-04-22 11:28:42 AM  

calbert: 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.


I will add Predator (you'll know the moment), Star Wars Death Star trench scene, Logan's Run, 2001, Terminator and Total Recall.

That said, I enjoyed it for what it was...

Tom Cruise was the most bearable he has been in a starting role since Collateral.

Loved the moon effect and was only disappointed in the CGI once
 
2013-04-22 11:30:36 AM  

whosits_112: OniExpress: whosits_112: 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?

Actually, they covered that when they were captured at the crash site.  They took two intact pods with them; presumably the ones for the pilot and copilot.  And wasn't the first pod that he checked at the site empty, before finding ones with people in them?

Well, Hell, I didn't even notice that they took two. Thanks! And, I was sure the first pod he saw had an Asian guy in it, but I could be wrong again.


Wait wha?? Who took two?  The pods with people in it were blowed up.  The one that Julia was in was back at the sky apartment wasn't it?
 
2013-04-22 11:33:27 AM  
My brother went and saw it with my nephew....said the movie stunk, almost 3 hours of re-hashed sci-fi movie clips.
 
2013-04-22 11:37:53 AM  
I'd really like to see 42, but their use of modern music tells me they don't really get it.
 
2013-04-22 11:41:19 AM  

AdrienVeidt: I'd really like to see 42, but their use of modern music tells me they don't really get it.


Pretty sure they get "it".

"It" is always make money for any Hollywood movie. They'll make more money with Jay-Z then music from the era.
 
2013-04-22 12:03:57 PM  
Me and the gf are gonna see Oblivion one night this week I think, although mostly because the theater around the corner from my house (literally, I live next to it) just reopened with snazzy new setups after a 6-month IMAX install. We haven't been to the theater in a while and a low-story, high-popcorn-visuals flick seems like the perfect cure.

More excited for Iron Man 3, that's the first IMAX movie they're gonna have.

I'm intruigued by that Matt Damon movie with the District 9 director though, looks like it could be District 9 In Space. Saw a trailer for that the other day outta nowhere. With that, IM3, Man of Steel, there's some good dork fodder to be excited about this summer.
 
2013-04-22 12:05:43 PM  
And Star Trek 2, forgot about that.
 
2013-04-22 12:09:07 PM  

karmaceutical: whosits_112: OniExpress: whosits_112: 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?

Actually, they covered that when they were captured at the crash site.  They took two intact pods with them; presumably the ones for the pilot and copilot.  And wasn't the first pod that he checked at the site empty, before finding ones with people in them?

Well, Hell, I didn't even notice that they took two. Thanks! And, I was sure the first pod he saw had an Asian guy in it, but I could be wrong again.

Wait wha?? Who took two?  The pods with people in it were blowed up.  The one that Julia was in was back at the sky apartment wasn't it?


I don't know what to tell you.  There were two pods on the back of the wagon.  I was wondering what kind of Chekhov's gun it was for; I was a little underwhelmed by the useage.

That makes me think of something:  how did the alien ship miss something the size of the sleeper-pod section spinning around in orbit for 60 years?  It's made repeatedly obvious that it has no satelite function on the dark side of the planet (aka - it has no other orbital satellites, and isn't using the existing ones), but I would have presumed that the orbital ring would have been pretty well trashed even BEFORE the moon went kablam.
 
2013-04-22 12:22:56 PM  
First, since this thread has devolved into massive spoilers for those who haven't seen it, can we get an edit somewhere that says "spoilers incoming".

From the previews, i was afraid the move would fall flat on its face once you got past the intro, with every preview released was about Tom and his Bubble ship. I predicted a few of the tropes, others caught me by surprise until they showed it. Overall, worth seeing in the theater.

I had a problem with the geography. Yes, it's science (geology). Couldn't they decide whether it was dirt or glaciers covering the planet? if they're maintaining drones to protect "those things"....where did all the damn ice come from? Think about just how much material it would take to cover "that one building" to that level.....and then how much water it would take to produce that much down-cutting of the rivers.....over 50 years?

I'm sure glad Bob survived to be found.
 
2013-04-22 12:24:50 PM  

karmaceutical: whosits_112: OniExpress: whosits_112: 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?

Actually, they covered that when they were captured at the crash site.  They took two intact pods with them; presumably the ones for the pilot and copilot.  And wasn't the first pod that he checked at the site empty, before finding ones with people in them?

Well, Hell, I didn't even notice that they took two. Thanks! And, I was sure the first pod he saw had an Asian guy in it, but I could be wrong again.

Wait wha?? Who took two?  The pods with people in it were blowed up.  The one that Julia was in was back at the sky apartment wasn't it?


I don't remember two pods ...

But even still, that's not a big a hole as in Avatar when the one female soldier DESERTS THE MISSION and later is still free to spring the protagonist from prison.   I remember being removed from the movie immersion and almost yelling, "Shouldn't she be in jail??"

Back to Oblivion, who called down the sleep pods in the first place? Why send it to Jack's area if they didn't know his wife was onboard (as evident by Morgan Freeman's reaction)?  Just to test his humanity? WTF. How did they know it was up there and not destroyed if the bad guys got here first and all they saw was Jack?

Whatever; sometimes a good movie makes you think about it a bit more than you should.
 
2013-04-22 12:43:27 PM  

child_god: karmaceutical: whosits_112: OniExpress: whosits_112: 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?

Actually, they covered that when they were captured at the crash site.  They took two intact pods with them; presumably the ones for the pilot and copilot.  And wasn't the first pod that he checked at the site empty, before finding ones with people in them?

Well, Hell, I didn't even notice that they took two. Thanks! And, I was sure the first pod he saw had an Asian guy in it, but I could be wrong again.

Wait wha?? Who took two?  The pods with people in it were blowed up.  The one that Julia was in was back at the sky apartment wasn't it?

I don't remember two pods ...

But even still, that's not a big a hole as in Avatar when the one female soldier DESERTS THE MISSION and later is still free to spring the protagonist from prison.   I remember being removed from the movie immersion and almost yelling, "Shouldn't she be in jail??"

Back to Oblivion, who called down the sleep pods in the first place? Why send it to Jack's area if they didn't know his wife was onboard (as evident by Morgan Freeman's reaction)?  Just to test his humanity? WTF. How did they know it was up there and not destroyed if the bad guys got here first and all they saw was Jack?

Whatever; sometimes a good movie makes you think about it a bit more than you should.


The sent the ping to land the module after they figured out NASA's GPS programming (they said).  They landed it in Jack's area, because they had already observed him showing pre-memory wipe behavior.  They didn't realize Julia was his wife, just an ancillary benefit.
 
2013-04-22 12:49:26 PM  
karmaceutical:

The sent the ping to land the module after they figured out NASA's GPS programming (they said).  They landed it in Jack's area, because they had already observed him showing pre-memory wipe behavior.  They didn't realize Julia was his wife, just an ancillary benefit.

No, he remembers who was on the flight to start with. and if it was anything like the moon landing (like meeting the first ET would be broadcast)....it would be on the airwaves too.

I just dont get how the tractor/magnet  pulling them in, doesn't also pull in both parts.
 
2013-04-22 12:50:26 PM  

Klaumbaz: karmaceutical:

The sent the ping to land the module after they figured out NASA's GPS programming (they said).  They landed it in Jack's area, because they had already observed him showing pre-memory wipe behavior.  They didn't realize Julia was his wife, just an ancillary benefit.

No, he remembers who was on the flight to start with. and if it was anything like the moon landing (like meeting the first ET would be broadcast)....it would be on the airwaves too.

I just dont get how the tractor/magnet  pulling them in, doesn't also pull in both parts.



/handwave.
 
2013-04-22 01:41:10 PM  

Abe Vigoda's Ghost: Brick-House: MadSkillz: But that ginger chick he was banging sure is hot.

What that Ginger Chick might look like...

[6.s.dziennik.pl image 850x447]

[img.thesun.co.uk image 620x845]

She should keep the ginger look.


She rocks either hair color but she should definitely keep the dresses that showcase side-boob.
 
2013-04-22 02:07:58 PM  
The bird's eye shot of her swimming across the pool suspended in the clouds is magic.  I would spend the rest of my life flying around fixing their drones if I got to come back to that every night.
 
2013-04-22 02:17:31 PM  
I'm skipping this one. I'm sick of Hollywood continuing to cram the ungracefully-aging Tom Cruise into movies that should be featuring fresh talent. Can we please put this moldy cheese log out to pasture along with Donald Trump, Madonna, the Smurfs, and all the rest of the 80s most embarrassing relics? Oblivion will do ok in the short term since it's loud, pretty, and has zero competition right now, but think how much bigger it could have been with Avengers alumni like Chris Hemsworth or Chris Evans in the lead. You know, guys with actual on-screen charisma? If I'm supposed to care about the main character in a film, my suspension of disbelief shouldn't have to include the actor's presumed likability.
 
2013-04-22 06:44:51 PM  
i refuse to watch tom cruise movies. guy sucks
 
2013-04-22 06:53:20 PM  
I read that as "Xena" at first and wondered what Lucy Lawless had to do with the movie.
 
2013-04-22 08:10:08 PM  
Xenu is not Scientology's God; it's their Satan.  So many people get that wrong. =)

fusillade762: I read that as "Xena" at first and wondered what Lucy Lawless had to do with the movie.


Me too, me too...
 
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