I got to watch Tom Cruise’s Oblivion the other day. I was quite disappointed. Don’t get me wrong, I thought it was very good science fiction. The story and its many twists and turns were quite enjoyable; unfortunately, in my opinion, the story-telling was clunky and the pacing was disjointed. It could have been so good, it had all the right ingredients, but the director dropped the ball on this one, unfortunately. And it is a sad thing too because Andrea Riseborough was awesome in it.
I wrote a review of it for Juice.ph which can be found here: Oblivion: Great Science Fiction but Poorly Executed. I loved the story but it didn’t translate well on screen. And the design and the vision of the world without a moon. It’s sad. I wanted to like it.
On the flip-side, I also wrote an article on the remake of Carrie and shared my thoughts on why I have high expectations of it. I defend why it makes sense to make a remake of the film and I am eagerly awaiting to see how this one turns out.
Check out my thoughts on the upcoming remake here: Let’s Get to Know Carrie. I think casting Chloe Grace Moretz is really an inspired choice as is Julianne Moore. At least, on that level, I’m sure that the acting will be phenomenal. If they screw up the special effects, they should be ashamed; in this day and age, telekinesis is a piece of cake already.
The true linchpin of the film, what will make it or break it, is whether it presents the issues that were prevalent in the source material and modernise it in a way that shows that it is still so much more relevant now and how, inadvertently, the story of Carrie is timeless as long as people still behave the way that they did back then. Almost forty years have passed since the book was published and yet, the story is still relevant today. How the film decides to tackle that and present that is what interests me. This has the makings of a really good and important film, if they try hard enough.