Oblivion... Forgettable

Oblivion begins with great art direction and sci-fi special effects and ends with you longing for Tom Cruise to return to a romantic comedy. Any romantic comedy. This story is one we've seen before in the barrage of time travel films, but the look is one we have not seen.

Tom Cruise is his electrifying self except in the love scenes. Here you see the damage of Katie Holmes's suddenly divorcing him in the midst of this film deep in the heart of Iceland. His lack of being in the scene. In the moment. Something he rarely does. He is an actor capable of great focus and concentration, but, here for a moment, he loses it. You almost feel his pain. You get the feeling that his loss and his stoicism are the real driving forces behind his character, not his need to save the Earth.

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