- April 30th, 13:45
Yesterday I saw Oblivion. It's beautiful science fiction film, in fact it was the epitome of science fiction. It made wonderful use of familiar sci-fi tropes while even giving a number of shout-outs to classic sci-fi films that have come before. As usual, I won't spoil the film (and it's pretty much mandatory to go to watch Oblivion unspoiled) but despite the middling reviews it's receiving, I believe this one is set to become a classic.
Do not believe the negative reviews, and trust only the positive reviews wholeheartedly. This movie explores a lot of themes and in fact plays out a bit like a Philip K. Dick novel. If you understood that comparison as an exploration of what is reality, then you're very much correct. Furthermore, with as few spoiler-free points as possible, I will comment on the movie's themes. Jack and Victoria's life in the tower represent the fake, plastic lives that Western civilization seems to be trapped in. Furthermore, you should rapidly recognize the significance of the drone warfare depicted. Jack is also seen as a dutiful soldier who's "only following orders" and is supposed to not ask any questions. And even further, the persistent war over resources and the destruction of the film's Big Bad via suicide attack rounds out the entire commentary on the War on Terror. These are extremely important themes to keep in mind and part of why science fiction is such an important genre: It discusses the only problems that matter.