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action & adventure, sci-fi & fantasy

Tom Cruise and Morgan Freeman star in this groundbreaking event about a lone repairmen on a near-ruined future Earth who finds himself questioning all he knows in a fight to save humanity.

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common sense

PAUSE for kids age 13
0 out of 5
Drinking, drugs, & smoking
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Positive messages
2 out of 5
Positive role models
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3 out of 5

Stylized sci-fi entertains; expect deaths, sexy stuff.

what parents need to know

Parents need to know that Oblivion is a post-apocalyptic sci-fi thriller that deals with the survival of humanity and a mysterious, violent alien threat. There are drones that kill instantly and turn their victims into ashes; several people die, including a few major characters. The language is pretty tame except for an occasional "s--t" and "damn" -- and one particularly memorable "f--k you." Sexuality includes a few passionate kisses and one seduction scene in which a woman is shown naked from the back. Oblivion is likely to appeal most to families with older teens who are either Tom Cruise fans or partial to futuristic action flicks.

what families can talk about

  • Families can talk about the popularity of post-apocalyptic stories. How does Oblivion compare to other alien movies like The Host or Prometheus?
  • How does the violence in the movie compare to other sci-fi/action movies you've seen? Does the fact that some of the combatants are aliens give it any more/less impact?

movie reviews from Rotten Tomatoes®

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Top Critic Reviews

Fresh: The sly, surprising and visually magnificent Tom Cruise vehicle that has forced me - and many other people, I suspect - to revise my first opinion of director Joseph Kosinski.

- Andrew O'Hehir,, Friday, April 19, 2013

Rotten: Feels ever more grounded and stuck ...

- Anthony Lane, New Yorker, Monday, April 29, 2013

Fresh: Director Joseph Kosinski focuses on cool visuals but stints on a compelling plot. It's a dazzler, but the story lacks the impact of the futuristic look.

- Claudia Puig, USA Today, Thursday, April 18, 2013

Audience Reviews

2 stars

Repetitious, confusing and mainly unfocused, Oblivion is a misconceived hodgepodge of clichs and contrivances from the first scene to the last. The result couldn't be stodgier and more predictable than what we see here.

- blacksheepboy, Thursday, May 9, 2013

3 stars

Oblivion is a beautiful movie, and it's always good to see an original sci-fi film now and then. Unfortunately, its style only takes this post-apocalyptic journey so far. The film is hamstrung by characters that are as barren as the desolate landscapes they traverse, and the science fiction tropes pile up to create a congested second half full of cliches and forced twists seen in other, better sci-fi films. The actors may be talented, but the script gives them very little to work with (especially the exceptionally wasted Morgan Freeman). While you may not find much to care about in the story, its still a fun ride. The special effects are well-done, especially when it comes to the mechanical elements like the intimidating drones, which move with both a weightiness and agility that combines to form something you would definitely not want to meet in a dark alley, and Tom Cruise's ship is a really imaginative piece of futuristic technology as well. M83's score is a mixed bag. Choosing this band for this movie is the absolute perfect choice, as they have that epic, desolate futuristic-yet-retro feel to them to begin with. Unfortunately, the score they have composed rarely sounds like their 'actual' music as much as it does an imitation of contemporary blockbuster scores. Had they gone their own route (or used some tracks from their discography), they could have came up with something that really made 'Oblivion' stand out from the pack. This is just an example of the larger problem with 'Oblivion': it isn't a bad movie, but in every instance where it has a chance to be a pioneer and do something fresh, it falls back on the crutches of the past, and ends up feeling rather generic as a result.

- fb791220692, Monday, August 12, 2013

2 stars

Much like Joseph Kosinski's previous directorial effort "Tron Legacy", "Oblivion" boasts remarkable visuals but completely lacking in a compelling story or characters. The landscape of post-apocalyptic Earth combined with 70's-style sci-fi production design are perfectly appealing eye-candy but the story is predictable, boring, and too reliant on silly gimmicky story-telling that consists of nonsensical twists. The characters are dull-fully one-dimensional with a very un-involving lead performance from Tom Cruise. The music by electro pop band M83 suits the film's high-tech atmosphere and the darkly ominous sound design for the deadly drones gives them a true menace. Overall, perfectly adequate on a technical level like the villainous drones but completely lacking in heart. The ending was like a combination of the endings to "Independence Day" and the game "Portal".

- fb100002384654145, Tuesday, June 4, 2013