Director Joseph Kosinski, who helmed the vapid and cartoonish TRON: Legacy, uses every frame of Oblivion as a canvas on which he can project the massive adventure he wants audiences to experience. Kosinski, who made a sizable impression on the industry with his commercial work, has a background as an architect and his eye for details and contrasting imagery is front and center in this film.
Smith knew the targets he wanted to hit (and this film really does narrow the aim), but he doesn’t figure out a way to give “life” to the proceedings or the vast majority of the characters. With some extra care, Cooper could have emerged as a terrific horror villain, but instead it seemed like Smith got bored and wanted to show off his abilities at shooting a gunfight.
Ms. Kunis brought it–and we spent the whole night wondering if we’d see more of her than she intended. This blogger (Julia Rhodes!), who may still be recovering from a celebratory Sunday evening, won the CLR Oscar Wager for the second year in a row even with mighty stiff competition. […]