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Oblivion.
« on: April 03, 2013, 02:33:41 PM »
I have seen a few trailers for the latest Tom Cruise film 'Oblivion' and I think it looks quite interesting. I haven't really taken into account any of the story aspects of the film... I've looked at it more from a techy/sci-fi/inspiration point of view... but it looks quite spangly.

I reckon I may end up going to see it just for the effects (especially the bubble jet).

Any one else thinking about it?
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Re: Oblivion.
« Reply #1 on: April 03, 2013, 03:26:36 PM »
Tis quite interesting looking.  Hope it doesn't end up being another Prometheus
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Re: Oblivion.
« Reply #2 on: April 03, 2013, 04:02:49 PM »
Yeah I thought the film posters and he tech looked spangly too inso.

Until I saw the name of the lead actor

Then a wave of depression hit me.
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Re: Oblivion.
« Reply #3 on: April 03, 2013, 04:28:19 PM »

Until I saw the name of the lead actor

Then a wave of depression hit me.

That was my thought too... hence my 'I haven't really considered the story' comment. Little Tom does drain my enthusiasm a little but I just want to see the bubble ship flitting about.

As a helicopter techy, I am looking at the design and thinking "why have a fenistron when there doesn't appear to be any reason to counter a torque reaction generated by a rotor?"

I can see that it would be good for Yaw control but it would also be highly inefficient to have a fenistron rotating constantly with neutral pitch on the blades. It would also be ridiculous to keep stopping and starting it because it would not have an instant control effect...

... you see? That is why I go to watch films like this. If I didn't, it would drive me mad thinking about it :mrgreen:.
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Re: Oblivion.
« Reply #4 on: April 03, 2013, 05:36:17 PM »
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Re: Oblivion.
« Reply #5 on: April 03, 2013, 07:06:53 PM »
From the previews I've seen it reminded me of the matrix only more clean looking and without the whole into the computer thing going on. Morgan freeman is good value, and no matter how much I loathe Tom cruise he generally puts his name to good movies.

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Re: Oblivion.
« Reply #6 on: April 05, 2013, 06:19:06 PM »
Trailers look nothing like the computer game.   Sorry, couldn't resist. :wink:

Looks interesting, may check it out.
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Re: Oblivion.
« Reply #7 on: April 06, 2013, 03:17:01 AM »
He may be a crazy cultist, but Cruise isn't a bad actor when he puts his mind to it.

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Re: Oblivion.
« Reply #8 on: April 06, 2013, 09:11:24 AM »
Tis quite interesting looking.  Hope it doesn't end up being another Prometheus

I am more worried that its another Battlefield Earth... :whistle:  Certainly hope this isn't based on the Theme Park ride.

But looks a bit spangly and I will be putting on my LoveFilm list, so will get to see it in2-3 years...
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Re: Oblivion.
« Reply #9 on: April 06, 2013, 09:13:53 AM »
As a helicopter techy, I am looking at the design and thinking "why have a fenistron when there doesn't appear to be any reason to counter a torque reaction generated by a rotor?"

I can see that it would be good for Yaw control but it would also be highly inefficient to have a fenistron rotating constantly with neutral pitch on the blades. It would also be ridiculous to keep stopping and starting it because it would not have an instant control effect...


Pick up last nights Graham Norton on iPlayer... Their clip was of the Bubbleship in a Dogfight.  Spangly indeed.  And mercifully early in the show.
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Re: Oblivion.
« Reply #10 on: April 06, 2013, 09:23:43 AM »
I would do that... but on less than 0.5meg broadband, it is difficult to see videos of any length and live streaming is nigh on impossible :(

On a side note... I quite enjoyed Battlefield Earth (yes the plot had a lot of holes and there were some ludicrous ideas in it but I liked the tech and some of the characters :)
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Re: Oblivion.
« Reply #11 on: April 06, 2013, 09:50:35 AM »
He may be a crazy cultist, but Cruise isn't a bad actor when he puts his mind to it.

I could not agree less. He doesn't act. He's always Tom cruise.
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Re: Oblivion.
« Reply #12 on: April 06, 2013, 10:57:19 AM »
To be honest you can say that about a lot of actors though. They all have their own style... unless you mean that in this movie he jumps up on a couch and acts the monkey about some girl screaming her name.

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« Reply #13 on: April 06, 2013, 01:36:56 PM »
Isn't the point of acting to portray a character. That may be a fictional character of a real person, but it's someone other than you.

One of the issues Hollywood has is that too many movies are simply vehicles for big names. Those big names often have a 'style' that was successful in one movie, which they then recreate ad nauseum.

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Re: Oblivion.
« Reply #14 on: April 06, 2013, 03:23:48 PM »
Isn't the point of acting to portray a character. That may be a fictional character of a real person, but it's someone other than you.

One of the issues Hollywood has is that too many movies are simply vehicles for big names. Those big names often have a 'style' that was successful in one movie, which they then recreate ad nauseum.



I quite agree with you there... hence it has been a long time since I went and watched a film for other than sci-fi-techy-eye-candy reasons (apart from the Marvel films ;) ).
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« Reply #15 on: April 06, 2013, 08:13:46 PM »
"All" may have been a bit of a generalisation but a lot of actors stick to what has worked for them... Keanu reeves  :yawn: speech patterns remain similar, body language and so on. There are those great actors out there that break the mould each time though. I do agree with your points though brandlin.

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« Reply #16 on: April 14, 2013, 01:45:48 PM »
I've seen it. The plot was very predictable other than one twist that wasn't of much consequence anyway. The story raised some questions which weren't answered. The acting was okay.

But the special effects and the visuals were stunning. Some cool tech, some very interesting ideas, and decent action sequences to boot.