RED (2010)

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A very fun, tongue in cheek action thriller.  Inventively directed by Robert Schwentke and cleverly shot (I particularly liked “travelling by postcard”) and the all star cast hit pretty much all the right notes, including a great Richard Dreyfus role.

The story was fairly straightforward with enough intrigue and twists to keep it fresh.  All this make for a surprisingly fun film, more so than I expected.  But, you know, that’s just, like, my opinion man.

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Oblivion (2013)

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I first saw Oblivion almost two years ago as an inflight movie:

Oblivion is one of the many films I wanted to see last year, but I just didn’t get the chance.  I’d heard mixed responses to the film so I was keen to take a gander myself.  Tom is usually good to watch, and Oblivion is no different.  Morgan Freeman is the other big name, but I felt he was mostly wasted, rather like in Wanted.  Andrea Riseborough is good as Victoria, the soulless robotic woman who is Tom’s partner, and Nikolaj Coster-Waldau (Jamie Lannister) is fine as Morgan Freeman’s head of security without really being able to excel as he does in GOT.  The design was terrific and the effects were top notch, though overall I thought the film was missing something.  All the best Sci-Fi has something to say about human nature, and I’m just not sure what this was saying.  Maybe it’s because it borrowed from some of the best Sci-Fi: there were definite strains ofPlanet of the Apes, Moon, Logan’s Run and perhaps even Silent Running; the result is quite a mish mash of themes.  A very enjoyable film (with an excellent soundtrack), just lacking that little bit extra to make it a really good film.

I must say that I think I enjoyed it rather more this time; that could be a combination of a bigger screen (cinematography by Claudio Miranda (Tron Legacy, 2010; Life of Pi, 2012) is stunning), and the fact that I really quite love the score composed by Anthony Gonzalez (M83).  I still think there are many different Sci-Fi tropes as mentioned above, but with less mish-mash than I previously commented.  But, you know, that’s just, like, my opinion man.