Iffy for 13+
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.
- 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?
The good stuff
Messages: Somewhat grim circumstances, but the movie highlights the way that humans manage to survive under the most difficult circumstances. Challenges people to listen to their instincts, to question following instructions and commands blindly, and to pay attention to their dreams. Also promotes the idea of taking care of the resources that we have -- and to not take them for granted.
Role models: Jack is curious and questions the motives of mission control. He's willing to think beyond authoritative directives and do what's best for humanity, even though it's against his orders. He's willing to save someone even after he discovers that she's not who he thought she was. Victoria is dedicated to her work, but she's unwilling to second guess any of her instructions, and she allows jealousy to cloud her instincts. Julia is patient and courageous. Beech is self sacrificing.
What to watch for
Violence: The drones kill -- instantly incinerating anyone or anything they're programmed to terminate. Several characters die or are injured (including some major characters), but it's not a bloodbath like War of the Worlds. Explosions, hand-to-hand fights, and lots of danger/peril.
Sex: Jack is "assigned" to Victoria both romantically and professionally. They shower together, sleep together, kiss several times, and, in one scene, Victoria seduces Jack by undressing (she's shown nude from the back), jumping into a pool and suggestively inviting him to join her. They're shown kissing passionately (he with his shirt off, she naked, with back and legs visible) underwater. Later, another couple kisses; it's implied that they make love, but nothing is shown.
Language: For most of the movie, language isn't very frequent (though what is heard includes "s--t," "damn," "hell," "goddamn," "oh my God," and "bitch"), but at the very end, there's one memorable use of "f--k."
Consumerism: Despite the future setting, there are references to the New York Yankees and bands/songs such as Pink Floyd, Led Zeppelin, and Procol Harum's "Whiter Shade of Pale."
Drinking, drugs and smoking: Jack and Victoria drink with dinner. A character smokes a cigar.
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waited a long time just to be disapointed by chrisd23902
could hardly wait to see this movie but when the tie fiinaly came to watch it it was a absolute mess there was too much swearing the plot lost me I could go on all day but for everyone elses sake I wont it was to cruises worst movie to date how could someone as talented as him even get caught in such **** how horrible I feel for him he usually saves a movie in some way but this was just too far gone
Oblivion by dyland5
I know a lot of people don't understand this movie or don't like it, but, honestly, it's the best movie I've seen in my life. It has a great Romantic/Emotional background, great action, AMAZING FX, and a great soundtrack, courtesy of M83. It's a movie that makes you stop and think, which I love. There was never a full moment. Great Movie all around.
Good by submarinerjay
I loved it.
"I saw that coming, no wait, did not see THAT coming" by petesmithii
This movie is a visual masterpiece. As I'm sure you've read in other comments, reviews etc. The plot, while not the MOST complex and well written that I have seen, was truly an enjoyable watch. The movie was full of a bunch of twists that truly made the experience a fun watch. Some were somewhat obvious, others took me a second to sit back and go, wow, ok then. Not the best, but still good.