YMMV / Oblivion (2013)

  • Awesome Music: The theme-song, "Oblivion", by M83 and Susanne Sundfør. The whole soundtrack definitely fits here.
  • Broken Base: The happy ending has divided a lot of viewers due to accusations that hitching up with Jack 52 was an insult to the memory of Jack 49. As one critic put it: Mentally substitute Jack's long lost twin brother into that situation and see if it doesn't end up seeming really creepy. Of course, both Jack and Victoria died - years ago - when the Odyssey encountered the Tet, and all of the Numbers are just "long lost twins" of Julia's crewmates. Even the Jack who sired her daughter. "Really creepy" was always a key element of the plot.
  • Cliché Storm: A common remark—for good or ill—seems to be that this movie's plot is made up out of other SF movies in general, without carving out enough of it's own identity.
    • A notorious sci-fi cliche was aliens coming to Earth to steal our water. Though at least the alien is turning it into energy instead.
    • An Ambiguously Evil overseer whom sci-fi loving audiences quickly deduced was malevolent and probably an evil AI.
  • Freud Was Right: In the words of reviewer Ignatiy Vishnevetsky.
    "Cruise's sperm-ship enters through an airlock that resembles a geometrized vulva. He arrives inside a massive chamber lined with egg-like glass bubbles. At the center of the chamber is a pulsating, sentient triangle that is also supposed to be some kind of mother figure. Cruise must destroy the mother triangle and her space uterus in order to save the Earth."
  • Hell Is That Noise: The drones', well, electronic droning, consisting of dissonant warbles which almost sound like an attempt to form words. In practice, they resemble someone hitting a digital keyboard at random notes; in effect, it's an extremely unsettling "voice."
  • Inferred Holocaust: Even with the Tet gone, humanity is screwed. The planet is a wasteland, most of its water is gone. The survivors have no chance of rebuilding civilization again because the planet now lacks the necessary resources for it. Also, the remains of the Moon are still in orbit and will provide a constant source of large-scale impact events that through their sheer number eventually WILL cause a massive extinction of whatever multi-cellular life still lingers on.
    • A lot of what we were told about the state of the planet may prove to be a lie. There is no radiation problem. There is still water. They probably have to reclaim the rest from the Tets Hydro stations around the planet. It will be difficult but humanity has survived on less. It's going to be a while before they reach even the 20th century. The moon also seems to have settled so likely won't be a major problem.
  • Name's the Same: "Jack Harper" is also the name of a pair of villainous characters: a Manipulative Bastard on Tru Calling, and, the real name of The Illusive Man (a smart former soldier being unwittingly controlled by ancient machine gods).
  • Narm:
    • The look on Jack's face as he's falling after the Scavs cut his line is... rather hilarious.
    • The sound that the drones make as they fly sounds like a monotonous Overly Long Scream.
  • Rated M for Money: Averted. The story regarding the rights of the movie are as follows: Disney was the first production company to obtain them, but when they saw no viable to way to reduce the projected final product below a potential PG-13 rating they decided to auction the rights, which were then obtained by Universal and subsequently green-lighted.
  • Retroactive Recognition: Sykes is the Kingslayer!
  • So Okay, It's Average: Critically, a consistent high point has been the art direction and the soundtrack, with some minor discussion about the acting quality. The plot is routinely criticized.
  • Uncanny Valley: Something is strangely.... off about the representative that Sally talks to at the beginning of the movie.
    • Victoria is full of this. Whether she's aware of Tet's true nature and plan or not, her personality and behavior are almost mechanic and deeply unsettling. The way she looks at the plant Jack was grooming, picked it up and threw it off the rail with a emotionless face and cold demeanor is disturbing. And The Reveal just makes it worse, especially when you realize there are probably thousands of clones of her out there, all of them a Stepford Smiler Control Freak who are willing to rat out their supposed husbands to an evil AI at the slighest hint of being scorned. And since Tet is destroyed at the end of the movie, who knows how many of them won't just flip out and try killing their Jacks, nevermind the people who tells them the truth?! Nevermind the possibility that all of them know about Tet, consciously or unconsciously, but prefer to obey her just so they can stay with a married man who doesn't really love them, essentially selling out mankind and ignoring reality over a unreturned love?!?!
  • Visual Effects of Awesome: Pretty much every critic, whether they loved or hated the film, praised it's visuals.
    • Those scenes on the Sky Tower? Yeah, those are real clouds and real sunsets and real night skies. They were filmed on top of a volcano in Maui and projected on a silver screen around the set. Take a look. Why does the lightning in the tower look so beautiful and ridiculously accurate? It's being provided by the real thing.
  • What Happened to the Mouse?: Somewhere out there, there might be a really upset Victoria-52.
  • The Woobie: Victoria comes over as this, especially when Jack realises Julia is actually his wife. It is implied that she also retained some of her original self's memories and knew who Julia was, but lied to Jack because she had a crush on him. She also seems to have genuinely believed the Tet's lie about their mission, right up until she realises the Drone was aiming it's weapons at her.
    • Victoria even more so considering that this potentially means there are dozens of versions of her in a relationship with Jack, who all while was pining for another woman! Which is incredibly damn depressing, when you stop and think about it?!
    • Julia awakens from her Delta capsule to discover the Earth gone to hell, the rest of the crew (to not mention most of the human race) dead, and these facts given to her by alien-created clones of her husband and another crewmember. It's no wonder she can only afford to cry a Single Tear before going Laughing Mad and then fainting from the shock.
      • Look at Julia's face when Jack is telling her what's going to happen while they're standing at the tower window. He says they'll get in contact with Mission and they'll send someone to take her up to the Tet. She hesitantly replies "The Tet?" and her eyes widen. It's right then and there she realizes just how screwed up the situation is, even if the audience doesn't yet. Before then she knew something was wrong with her husband and the co-pilot of her mission, but not the whole truth. She immediately wants to get the flight recorder, knowing Jack needs to hear it. It's a subtle Re Watch Bonus in a film full of them.