Published by Clay Cane on Friday, April 19, 2013 at 10:00 am.
(Photo: Universal Pictures)
Summary: Directed by Joseph Kosinski, Oblivion takes place in a post-apocalyptic New York City (It’s always New York isn’t it — can’t we ever get a post-apocalyptic Midwest?). Jack Harper (Tom Cruise) and his sexy, red-headed partner are attempting to control the remains of an alien invasion who destroyed the moons 60 years before, which caused devastation to the planet. But, as always, things are not what they seem. Who is the real enemy? The aliens? Jack Harper? Maybe it’s the self-imploding script.
Tom Cruise is arguably one of the greatest action stars Hollywood ever created. Minority Report, Mission: Impossible, War of the Worlds — even the films that suffer a beating by critics still perform well at the box office. Audiences can depend on Cruise for the adrenaline rush of his own stunts and the high-octane drama of beating the enemy. Oblivion is easily low on the list of Cruise’s action greats, but the film is still a thrill ride — even with a muddy storyline bogged down with anticlimactic plot twists.
First, the look of Oblivion is spectacular. The high-budget special effects paid off, which weren’t overstuffed with video game-ish CGI. Most action films today resemble a Playstation game versus a movie. The eye-popping flick is visually exquisite and you’ll never whisper to the person next to you, “That looks so fake!” However, Oblivion is fairly standard. The flick does its job but obviously Kosinski was going for the impact of The Matrix, Avatar or Mission: Impossible.
Oblivion misses the mark with a confusing, uneventful and eventually disappointing storyline. Talk of drones, scavengers and clones are tiresome — and trying to decipher the film’s ludicrous plot holes is pointless. Applying more and more logic to Oblivion only results in a less enjoyable film. Even though the movie wants to be a “deep” action flick, you’ll enjoy it more the less you think about logic. The Universal Pictures movie will more than likely earn solid numbers at the box office, but will probably disappear into celluloid oblivion in less than a month — but that doesn’t mean Cruise’s latest action effort isn’t a fun ride.
Oblivion is in theaters now.
Published by Clay Cane on Wednesday, February 16, 2011 at 8:45 am.
The popular Broadway musical Rock of Ages is making its way to the big screen via New Line Cinema. Casting is being finalized, and Tom Cruise has snagged the lead role of Stacee Jaxx. Mary J. Blige will play Justice, the bartender and mother of a character named Sherrie. Rumor has it Miley Cyrus and Taylor Swift are in the running for the remaining female roles.
One might think rock and Mary J. Bige wouldn’t mix. However, Mary J. is no stranger to rock music. The nine-time Grammy winner has belted out covers of songs by U2, Led Zeppelin, Pat Benatar and Janis Joplin. This might be a perfect role for the New York native, who is still working on a Nina Simone biopic, which has been plagued with legal issues due to conflicts with Simone’s estate.
Rock of Ages is a Tony-nominated musical set in 1987 Los Angeles. A small-town girl meets a rock n’ roller, and their story is told from the classic rock songs of the time. This role will be Blige’s first movie since 2009’s I Can Do Bad All By Myself.
Published by Clay Cane on Wednesday, August 12, 2009 at 12:00 am.
Looks like the stars are aligning for Connor Cruise, the son of Tom Cruise and Oscar-winner Nicole Kidman. The 14 year-old made his acting debut with a small role in Will Smith’s Seven Pounds. Now, he is signed on for a remake of 1984’s Red Dawn. According to MSNBC:
Tom Cruise’s son is getting ready to for battle.
Connor Cruise will star in the remake of the 1984 film “Red Dawn,” according to The Hollywood Reporter.
Also joining the 14-year-old Cruise as soldier-fighting Wolverines in the remake are Isabel Lucas, Josh Hutcherson and Edwin Hodge.
Filming is slated to begin next month in Detroit, and the group of young actors will undergo military training in the coming weeks.
The “Red Dawn” remake is scheduled to hit theaters on Sept. 24, 2010.
Also, rumor has it Miley Cyrus is giving him acting lessons. I don’t know about that, but last we heard she was starring in a remake of The Bodyguard.
We look forward to seeing Connor on the big screen!