February 23, 2014
Oblivion (Joseph Kosinski, 2013). By every reasonable measure, a bad film – boring, unoriginal, pointlessly well-made – but one reading of its scenario gives you an anti-war message: Tom Cruise’s Jack Harper is a pilot who suddenly becomes disgusted with delivering technological death from above via drones (actually called drones) and so he imagines he has been set within a Matrix/Total Recall simulation with La Jetee false memories and joins the resistance. It’s the less overt, less sincere Avatar on a picturesque ruined Earth. More predictable too: the future is slick and anonymous designer interiors; authenticity is a cabin by a lake with an old LP collection.