A story transcending space and time. More than interstellar travel, it touches important subjects such as Murphy’s Law, multiple dimensions, and love. More importantly, we are given an idea of what futuristic travel would look like. From tactical bots like T.A.R.S and C.A.S.E to the spaceships like the ‘Endurance’. It received the Oscar award for the best visual effects so you can truly imagine what the effects were.
A stunning space saga that takes off for new technical frontiers without leaving its humanity behind. The only thing more unbelievable than the scope and quality of this film is how some people seem to be completely unaffected by it. Poetic. That’s the word that I couldn’t keep out of my brain throughout the duration of this film. A Biomedical Engineer piloting all alone towards planet Earth with the help of a Chinese. Gravity accomplishes the enormous feat of capturing great terror, beauty, and emotion (often simultaneously) by using no more than a single shot or sound. I found this to be such a profound and captivating experience that several times I caught myself tearing up, even when the scene was devoid of any particularly moving dialogue. What the cast and crew have achieved here is at the very least incredibly impressive, and for viewers like me, simply astonishing. It quickly became very clear that the people behind this film have such a deep admiration for life and the universe, and like all great artist.
Let’s talk about dreams. Dreams within a dream. Dreams colliding with reality. A machine that allows you to peek inside another’s dream and more importantly influence them in their dream. What makes Inception so special is that it’s not your typical straight forward summer blockbuster. Nolan decides to play with your mind till you realize the levity of the matter, giving you only pieces and as the movie plays out the viewer begins to put the pieces together and the picture gradually becomes clearer. Chris Nolan doesn’t dumb down the movie for the audience like most Hollywood movies do these days, he expects us to keep up with him. And when we do, the reward is extremely gratifying.
So what’s left for the audience to hook into? Only pounding action, elegant style, steady-state suspense, marvelous acting and, despite the time travel aspect of the movie every now and then, haunting explorations of youth, age, and personal destiny. It’s a lot to claim for a sci-fi thriller. It is a remarkable feat of imagination and execution, entertaining from start to finish, even as it asks the audience to contemplate how and why humanity keeps making the same rotten mistakes.
Oblivion is an absolutely gorgeous film dramatically caught between its aspirations for poetic romanticism and the demands of heavy sci-fi action. After a captivating beginning brimming with mystery and evident ambition, the air gradually seeps out of the balloon that keeps this thinly populated tale aloft, leaving the ultimate impression of a nice try that falls somewhat short of the mark. Granted, “intelligent” might be too generous a word to describe Oblivion, which flirts with big questions, but never answers them. What’s left is a story that doesn’t quite go where no man has gone before.