Oblivion, 2013 – ★★ (contains spoilers)

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This review reportedly contains spoilers.

First thing: I don’t know the graphic novel this is based on. So no comparing with that

Second thing: I don’t dislike Tom Cruise per sé, or as JoCo puts it: “Tom Cruise is Tom-Cruise-crazy, just be glad it’s him – not you, if you had Tom Cruise’s troubles, you might go Tom-Cruise-Crazy, too.”

Apart from that: The film is visually pleasing but the story is quite simple and non-surprising. I didn’t see the clone-thing coming but other than that things take way too long to actually happen although you already expect them to. Take e.g. Morgan Freeman: You know he’s not the protagonist yet he’s going to appear as a leader of sorts, it’s pretty clear from the first ten minutes that the guys on earth are discarded people and bang – ergo their leader is MF. And so it turns out to be it’s just that it takes about two thirds of the movie to get there! Same happens with the erased memory, the aliens that are nowhere to be seen, the fake wife, the actual wife etc. You expect it to happen long before it does.
Straight forward isn’t bad per se but it doesn’t work if you want to make it a surprise, then it just feels artificial.
So does Cruises acting. Well actually, everybody’s acting. The setting is the real star here, but as it’s mainly American rubble I found it boring after the first 30 minutes. At least they did not show the aliens. And I am probably just disappointed because I actually thought I’d need no popcorn during this movie…

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Coming out of the cupboard – the 7.1th Potter movie

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‘Coming out of the cupboard’ is the Urban Word of the Day of November 20. The definition reads: “coming out of the cupboard” is a figure of speech for popular or non popular people’s disclosure of their secret obsession for Harry Potter. The term comes from the well know phrase “coming out of the closet” which refers to a person revealing … Read More

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Letzter Filmtipp des Jahres: The Boat that Rocked

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Image via Wikipedia Jepp, ein letztes Mal vor dem Jahreswechsel möchte ich euch einen tollen Film aus diesem Jahr ans Herz legen. Der Film heißt in Deutschland aus unerfindlichen Gründen Radio Rock Revolution (OT: The Boat that rocked) und ist das letzte Machwerk von Regisseur Richard Curtis (bekannt durch Vier Hochzeiten und ein Todesfall, Notting Hill, Bridget Jones aber auch … Read More

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Harry Potter VII – opinion and two related thoughts

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Image by drewesque via Flickr Well, I just returned from cinema where I watched the latest installment of the Harry Potter series – known as “Harry Potter and the Half-Blood prince” in the original (=non-localized) version. I will first try to say something about the movie itself and then come to two thoughts that crossed my mind after I watched … Read More

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Film "Das Beste kommt zum Schluss" – Das Thema Tod

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Wenn es ein Thema gibt, das zumindest in der breiten Öffentlichkeit immer noch tabuisiert wird, dann ist es der Tod. Womöglich ist der allgemeine Dialog dazu heute schon viel eher möglich als noch vor 50 Jahren – erst vor kurzem hatte ich eine Postwurfsendung meines lokalen Bestattungsunternehmens im Briefkasten -, allerdings ist meine Beobachtung, dass beispielsweise die Ladenfront eines Bestatters … Read More

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The Dark Knight – Ziemlich beeindruckend

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Image via Wikipedia Achtung, dies ist ein nahezu spoilerfreier Artikel. Ich bin wieder mal im Tschinema gewesen – wow, schon zwei Besuche in zwei Wochen – und diesmal trug mich ja eine wahre Welle des Hypes dorthin, denn Christopher Nolans “The Dark Knight” hatte im Vorfeld schon – gelinde gesagt – einiges an Aufmerksamkeit erregt. Zunächst mal starb bekanntermaßen Hauptdarsteller … Read More

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Endlich wieder Filme gucken "Star Wars: Clone Wars" & "Sweeney Todd"

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Image via Wikipedia Um es noch mal in meinem Blog zu verewigen (für später g): Ich habe meine Bachelorarbeit fertig und auch schon abgegeben, von dem abschließenden Kolloquium also mal abgesehen, liegt die Verantwortung nicht mehr in meiner Hand, was irgendwie auch ganz entspannend ist. Darum war ich gestern (eigentlich vorgestern) mal endlich wieder im Tschinema und habe “Star Wars: … Read More

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Indiana Jones 4 / Kinosommer

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Image via WikipediaIch habe gerade den vierten Indiana Jones gesehen.Für die Premiere der langersehnten Fortsetzung der Abenteuertrilogie “Indiana Jones und das Königreich des Kristallschädels” haben sich alle anderen potentiellen Blockbuster von dessen Starttermin respektvoll ferngehalten und so steht Indy dann auch momentan auf Platz eins der Kinocharts. Was nicht heißen soll, dass er nicht auch bei starker Konkurrenz dort gelandet … Read More

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Additional Transformers analysis

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Image from WikipediaOn Sunday I wrote a little rant on “Transformers” (the movie) under the impression of just having seen it for the first time. Now a little time passed and I decided to watch the movie again with director Michael Bay‘s commentary because it’s probably the least immersive way to watch a movie.There are basically two subjects to the … Read More

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"Transformers" or: The art of showing nothing

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Source: FlickrI’m a little behind with most blockbuster movies (see my pretty recent discovery of Lord of the Rings) so tonight I watched Transformers on DVD. Usually I would prefer watching it on the big screen, but it’s different with Michael Bay movies. “The Island” was the first movie ever where I had to leave the cinema for a few … Read More

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Lord of the Rings – finally saw them

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I’m a geek and say so pretty proudly, yet I am no big fan of fantasy stories, role-playing and stuff. I know geekdom is deeply rooted in games like “Dungeon & Dragons”, generations of nerds have sat around tables and diced out whether their sword would defeat the orc or simply break in two. I’ve always loved “The Neverending Story” … Read More

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