Posted in: The Reel World by Brent Lorentson on April 19th, 2013

(out of 5)

Brent Lorentson

Brent Lorentson is a horror writer and film critic based out of Tampa, Florida. With a BA in Digital Film, he co-wrote and co-directed Scavenger Hunt. His short stories have appeared in various horror anthologies. In 2019 his short script Fertile Blood will be a part of the anthology horror film Slumber Party. He is currently working on his first novel A Dark and Secret Place set to be released in late 2019. Favorite Films: Taxi Driver, Fight Club, I Saw the Devil, The Wild Bunch, Dawn of the Dead, A Clockwork Orange, Pulp Fiction, Heathers, The Monster Squad, and High Fidelity.


  1. Mr. Lel
    04/19/2013 @ 1:47 pm

    So I guess you’re one of those audience members that expected a film that would hand you the plot on a silver platter, eh? This is sci-fi. It’s sheer beauty. You’re not gonna get all of your questions answered, as you’re supposed to create your own answers in some instances (even though the film DOES explain most of its story throughout) Let your mind go loose. Forget about your own reality and absorb the experience. It’s an emotional ride, to be honest, and if you felt no emotions whatsoever, then I don’t know what else to tell you.

  2. Brent Lorentson
    04/19/2013 @ 8:10 pm

    It’s not that I didn’t have questions answered or felt the plot was challenging at all. Basically Oblivion is the love child between Independence Day and The Matrix and well excluding the first Matrix these are not the films to pull inspiration from.
    Wait I do have a question…where did the dog come from and how does it manage to survive? Oh and as for Julias return to Earth when the trajectory is already in the system of the ship why so long for its return to Earth?
    But my biggest issue is instead of exploring the concept of the clones and how they function on Earth instead its just a device to kill a character without really killing them. But wait even better why so long to reunite 52 with julia?
    Sure Im reading into things and maybe nitpicking but thats what happens when I see poor storytelling at work.
    This is only my opinion, sure many people will disagree with me and thats fine. If you found this to be an emotional experience that’s great but for myself I felt the film cheated its potential and took the easy way out. Once these clones seemed to share all the same memories there is no sense of loss at the end because it just shows Jack is replaceable. Granted this is all my opinion.

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