Nelson Leader : April 18th 2013
12 THE NELSON LEADER, APRIL 18, 2013 ENTERTAINMENT Honour your loved ones in print and online... Celebrate and honour the legacy of your loved one s life and inspire family and friends to do the same. Death Notices published in the Nelson Mail are now available on our website. is service allows people, living outside the region or overseas, to view your notice. An online guestbook is also attached to your online death notice which gives friends and family members the opportunity to share thoughts, feelings and o er condolences. ese memories will help preser ve your loved one s story and create a sense of community while o ering comfort during a di cult time. For more information on the Nelson Mail death notices online service contact: Nelson Mail on (03) 548 0119 or 0800 800 515 or classi firstname.lastname@example.org or your Funeral Director can answer any questions you may have on the Nelson Mail death notices online service. www.nelsonmail.co.nz/deathnotices Bay Landscapes & Garden for all your landscape supplies OPEN 7 DAYS • EFTPOS Bateup Road, Richmond Ph/Fax 544-2076 ENTRANCE THROUGH BAY NURSERIES NOW AVAILABLE AT Brightwater Richmond Bateup Road Motueka WE ARE HERE PEA STRAW Only $11.50 per bale 5309169AA Cruise delivers in this hi-tech iWorld wonder MOVIE REVIEW: OBLIVION Matt Lawrey's MOVIE REVIEW Wasteland: Olga Kurylenko and Tom Cruise admire the view from what is left of the Empire State Building in Oblivion. BOTTOM LINE: It looks amazing and it's a decent ride. 1G2 (out of five) Also screening: Trance (R16) Slightly bonkers but stylish and stimulating all the same. 1G2 Like a lot of people, I have a complicated relationship with Tom Cruise. There have been times I've loved him -- like in Risky Busi- ness, Magnolia and Minority Report -- and times I haven't -- like in Far and Away, Knight and Day and Jack Reacher. A lot of people take issue with his membership of the Church of Scientology while others are incapable of forgiv- ing him for his infamous couch-jumping appearance on Oprah. Personally, I'm not that interested in his religious beliefs, his various ex-wives or his kids. I'm interested in whether or not he delivers on the big screen and when it comes to Oblivion, I'm pleased to report he comes up with the goods. Co-written, produced and directed by Joseph Kosinski, Oblivion is set 60 years after a failed alien invasion. Human- kind won the war but the earth was left a wasteland. Cruise plays Jack Harper a mechanic charged with main- taining a fleet of killer drones being used to wipe out the remaining aliens and provide security for a massive oper- ation converting the Earth's water into energy for the rest of the human population now living on one of Saturn's moons. Jack and his partner and lover Victoria, played by Angela Riseborough, live in an incredibly stylish pad at the endofapoleontopofamoun- tain but are due to ship out and join the rest of humanity in two weeks. Victoria can't wait but Jack is in no hurry. For one thing, he still thinks of the Earth as home and for another, he keeps dreaming about a mysterious woman and the Empire State Building. Oblivion is the year's second best-looking film to date. The devastated earth, com- plete with half buried land- marks, is worryingly convinc- ing while all the hi-tech stuff looks fabulous. It's too bad Apple supremo Steve Jobs died a couple of years back because he would have loved the look of Obliv- ion. Jack and Victoria live in what looks like iWorld. Everything from their com- puter and vehicles to their weapons and even their pool exemplify the sleek glass and metal aesthetic that is Apple. Speaking of nice looks, the seamless special effects are so good you won't actually be aware they're there and the whole film is made with using a muted yet distinctive palette that will have anyone who appreciates that kind of thing swooning. Not surprisingly, it's shot by Claudio Miranda, the genius who lensed the year's best looking film so far, Life of Pi. Acting-wise Oblivion is solid. Cruise gives one of his bet- ter performances in recent years as a guy who is commit- ted to the cause. Riseborough is excellent as the woman lit- erally watching his back alth- ough Morgan Freeman and Olga Kurylenko barely regis- ter in what are really just dec- orative roles. Oscar winner Melissa Leo appears briefly but more memorably as Jack and Victoria's Texan-sounding boss. When it comes to the story, Oblivion is a bit of mixed bag and a familiar one at that. If somehow you missed a lit- tle film that came out a few years ago called The Matrix, then Oblivion may well blow your socks off. If, like most people on the planet, you did see the Matrix, Oblivion is unlikely to make anywhere near as much of an impression. The film also borrows exten- sively from everything from Star Wars to 2009's brilliant but little seen Moon. For people who take their movies seriously this may detract from the enjoyment of Obliv- ion but for everyone else the film still has plenty to offer.
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