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Oblivion: What more Science Fiction films should be like.

For all of you Tom Cruise haters out there, just because he’s a little crazy (like jumping on Oprah’s couch) doesn’t mean he can’t act or that his movies stink.  On the contrary, “Oblivion” was one of the few movies I really enjoyed, and which more would be like in the genre of Science Fiction.

The story takes place in 2077, after our world has been nearly obliterated almost 60 years before, and Tech 49 Jack Harper (not to be mistaken for Jack Reacher, which Cruise also did) is working with Vika to protect various power stations using the ocean to generate energy from a group known as “Scavs” that attacked and destroyed not only the moon, but caused nuclear weapons use that left the planet a wasteland.  Everyone is waiting for them on the a space station orbiting the Earth called the Tet, and once their mission is complete, they’ll go to join the rest of the survivors on Titan.  The two have had their memories wiped a few years back to security reasons, as if they got captured by the Scavs you wouldn’t want secrets to fall into their hands.  Though Jack keeps having visions or possible memories of him and a woman at the Empire State Building.

Enter Jack Harper fixing a drone that’s been damaged by the Scavs, which are used to protect the power stations on the ocean, and witnessing a crash of what look to be some kind of life pods.  A drone shows up and destroys all of the pods, except for the one that he is able to save by putting himself in its way and convincing it that the pod behind him isn’t there, and since it won’t fire on the Techs, he is able to protect a woman inside, whose name is Julia, and who claims to be his wife.  He eventually is captured by the Scavs, who are human and tell him that he needs to look at the lies that have been spun around his eyes.  And the story escalates from there.

The visuals are really amazing to look at, and the flying scenes in the Bubble Ships are some of the best I’ve seen in a while.  While the movie does have some predictable moments, which I’ll blame on me seeing too many movies and being able to find certain plots based on certain pieces being shown, it really is a well done science fiction piece that warrants a watch (and with Morgan Freeman not narrating, you know it’s important too).

 
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Posted by on October 28, 2013 in Redbox: $1 Movies FTW

 

“Apollo 18”

So most of us have probably seen Ron Howard’s “Apollo 13” with Tom Hanks, Bill Paxton, Gary Sinise, Kevin Bacon, and so on.  Most of us should know the history about the Apollo missions, how we went to the moon, and lost the lives of several astronauts throughout the space program.  Apollo 17 was the last flight to the moon, and that’s the official record.

“Apollo 18” would like to disagree, and tell the viewer that we in fact, had 3 more missions planned, and somehow a large amount of classified footage was found and then posted to a website, which, upon checking, is the movie trailer.  But I digress…

The story takes us to 1974, where the Apollo 18 mission is green lit by the DoD, disguised as a satellite launch to explore on the moon.  Usual launch with lunar orbit and landing follows, all the while we have lots of cameras to capture angles inside the shuttle, lunar module, and hand held cameras to document what’s going on.  It’s all the beginnings of the found footage movie formula.

Though what “Paranormal Activity” had for originality and low budget, “Apollo 18” tries to make up something that some conspiracy theorists would be drooling at the mouth over.  Let’s be honest folks, if the government really didn’t want something like this to get out, would they allow such a movie to be made with ‘found footage’?  If you believe the answer is yes, then I ask you to seriously consider your sources, and also speculate that you probably believe that “Paranormal Activity” and “The Texas Chainsaw Massacre” really happened…

The pacing is smooth throughout the picture, with your normal jump moments there to alarm you, something that I think may have played better on the big screen, but wasn’t as much scary as it was perhaps alarming to see some of the stuff happen to these astronauts.

If you like this film genre, then it’s worth the hour and a half, especially with it being on Netflix and not costing you the $1.20+tax at Redbox.

 
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Posted by on October 28, 2013 in NetFlix Movie Reviews

 

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