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‘Oblivion’ Review By David E. – A Dude’s Eye View

 

I don’t know about you but I have always had a pretty easy time separating Tom Cruise’s off-screen “goings on” from his on-screen career. The man is a giant on the Hollywood acting landscape and whether it’s in something as profound as Magnolia or obscure as Jack Reacher, he NEVER half-asses it when it comes to his performance in a movie. So when I saw the trailer for Oblivion my expectations were immediately high. 

[Editor’s. Note: Cut to DivaJulia rolling her eyes in the back of her skull about Tom Cruise.  It had to be said.  Sorry to butt in, David.]

The movie takes place in 2077, 60 years after humanity went to war against an alien race that destroyed the moon. Humanity won by deploying all its nukes but as a result the majority of the planet was rendered uninhabitable due to radiation. With thoughts that the earth was done for humanity created an orbiting space station called the “Tet”. The Tet serves as a way station between earth and earth’s new colony on Titan the largest moon orbiting Saturn.

Jack (Cruise) and Victoria (Andrea Riseborough) are a two-person team that has been left on earth to oversee a series of gigantic machines designed to convert the earth’s sea water into fresh water that is then sent off to the Tet, then to the colonist. Their jobs are simple, Jack is sent out to do repairs on any of the Tet’s broken drones. Drones that are constantly surveying the inhabitable parts of the earth and are programmed to kill any remaining alien life which may jeopardize the sea water project. Victoria’s job is to monitor him from a highly sophisticated terminal in their living quarters and send word of the project’s progress or request help from the Tet. The pair are only two weeks away from completing their task and joining the rest of humanity on Titan when Jack has a series of drone repairs that go less than smoothly.

Still with me? Yes? Good, because Cruise tells you all of that in voice-over in the first 10 minutes of the movie but (SPOILER ALERT) by the end of this movie, you’ll learn that only the FIRST sentence of the previous paragraph is actually what has happened… So, yeah, you’ll need your brain in the “On” position for this one.

The cast for this movie is basically 5 people, 6 I guess if you count “Sally” played by Melissa Leo, but really, Cruise is the centerpiece of this film and delivers, as usual. I liked Andrea Riseborough’s performance but her character takes a turn later in the film that doesn’t really jive with me when you consider the ahem… “cozy” relationship that she and Cruise’s character have on the station.

Morgan Freeman’s character “Beech” and Nikolaj-Coster Waldau’s “Sykes” are flat and one-note although hearing Freeman’s dialogue is always awesome. I swear, that man could narrate me getting mugged and I’d consider it an honor. Olga Kuryenko is the only other person doing any heavy lifting in this movie. Her character “Julia” has a lot to do with the story’s twists and turns and she does her part quite well. 

The basic plot of this movie is simple really, but the story that’s actually told in Oblivion is so convoluted that if it didn’t give you timely bits and pieces of whats really happening via flashbacks, you could easily get frustrated. Instead, the movie uses every bit of it’s 2 hour, 6 minute run time to explain it all to you and frankly, for me anyway probably could have used another 5 or 10 to do so. Fortunately the pace moves along quick enough, the actors act well enough, and the visuals of a post apocalyptic earth were good enough to where I wasn’t checking my watch. The only thing that I was disappointed with was its lack of action. Don’t get me wrong, there were action scenes in Oblivion, but clearly it’s not supposed to be an action movie and I guess i’m left wishing it was?

All in all, Oblivion is an above-average sci-fi film that does deserve your time IF you are willing to be patient and puzzle it all out along with the main character.

Katie Holmes Covers October Issue of Vanity Fair – Scientology Exposed By Maureen Orth

Katie Holmes – October Vanity Fair

Let’s just say that I’m settling IN for this article by Vanity Fair Special Correspondent, Maureen Orth about what “Katie Didn’t Know“.  I’m actually rubbing my hands together…shit’s ’bout to get REAL.  Believe me.  NO ONE wants the brilliant, diligent and investigative Maureen Orth all up in their business–just ask Vladimir Putin, Madonna, Woody Allen or Michael Jackson.  (Well.  You get the idea.)

Here’s a little taste of what’s to come in the October issue of Vanity Fair regarding (gasp!) the truth about Tom Cruise, Katie Holmes, Penelope Cruz, Nicole Kidman, wife-auditions, and the nasty cult Church of Scientology:

“In the October issue, Vanity Fairspecial correspondent Maureen Orth reports that in 2004 Scientology embarked on a top-secret project headed by Shelly Miscavige, wife of Scientology chief David Miscavige, which involved finding a girlfriend for Tom Cruise. According to several sources, the organization devised an elaborate auditioning process in which actresses who were already Scientology members were called in, told they were auditioning for a new training film, and then asked a series of curious questions including: “What do you think of Tom Cruise?” Marc Headley, a Scientologist from age seven, who says he watched a number of the audition videotapes when he was head of Scientology’s in-house studio, tells Orth, “It’s not like you only have to please your husband—you have to toe the line for Scientology.” Both Nicole Kidman and Penélope Cruz ran afoul of Scientology and David Miscavige, according to another former Scientologist. “You can’t do anything to displease Scientology, because Tom Cruise will freak out,” Headley says. (Scientology representatives deny that any such search took place and have dismissed several of the story’s sources as disgruntled apostates. David Miscavige and Tom Cruise declined to be interviewed.)”

Good Lord.  I’m gonna lap this up like cream, I tell ya.  I certainly hope Ms. Orth has bodyguards.

 

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Katie Holmes Talks Her ‘New Phase’ In Elle Magazine

 

Six weeks ago Katie Holmes did an interview with Elle magazine which foreshadowed her headline making break up with Tom Cruise. Little did the mag, or even Tom, know that Katie was planning to take charge of her life and make a run for it.

Holmes tells Elle that she is enjoying her 30s, “I definitely feel much more comfortable in my own skin. I feel sexier. I think in my twenties – it’s like you’re trying too hard to figure everything out…I’m starting to come into my own. It’s like a new phase.” It’s now being reported that Katie wanted to get out of Tom’s shadow and revive her career, another thing hinted at in the interview. “He has been Tom Cruise for 30 years,” she says. “I know who I am and where I am and where I want to go, so I want to focus on that.” She is now focused on raising the couple’s daughter Suri and her clothing line Holmes & Yang which she launched with friend Jeanne Yang.

So what we know is that Katie “lied” to Tom right up until she filed for divorce. She bought her own apartment in NYC under the guise of needing more privacy. Decided not to go to Iceland with Tom where he is filming a new movie. Cut herself off from their mutual friends and got a new phone number. Cold, but calculated and commendable.