Movie: Oblivion (2013)
Director: Joseph Kosinski
Writer: Karl Gajdusek (screenplay), Michael Arndt (screenplay), & Joseph Kosinski (graphic novel)
Cast: Tom Cruise, Morgan Freeman, Olga Kurylenko, Andrea Riseborough, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Melissa Leo, and Zoe Bell.
One-Line Plot Synopsis: A military veteran assigned to be a drone repairman set on protecting what's left of the Earth's resources, slowly begins to question his duties and the mission at hand.
I was fucking pumped to see Nikolaj Coster-Waldau in this movie since he's probably my favorite character on Game of Thrones (out of many that I like) and was fantastic in the brilliant movie Headhunters. It's too bad that if you blink while watching this movie that you most likely miss even seeing him on screen. What a waste of talent for his first big budget American film. He might have had 5 minutes on screen with a couple throw away lines of dialogue. The CGI for this movie actually looked very nice and the story was a little different than you might expect from start to finish, although the movie is never particularly compelling at any time. I wish they would've fleshed out the opposition that Tom Cruise is up against in the film that may have made the antagonist more interesting but this movie is pretty much what you see from Tom Cruise movies these days. Some action and Tom Cruise being Tom Cruise...this time with some more Sci-Fi thrown in than usual.
Movie: Rust & Bone (2012)
Director: Jacques Audiard
Writer: Jacques Audiard
Cast: Marion Cotillard & Matthias Schoenaerts
One-Line Plot Synopsis: Alain (Schoenaerts) and his son move in with his sister and in trying to get his life together, forms a bond with a killer whaler trainer (Cotillard) after a terrible accident.
Movie: Land of the Dead (2005)
Director: George A. Romero
Writer: George A. Romero
Cast: Simon Baker, John Liguizamo, & Dennis Hopper
One-Line Plot Synopsis: In a time where zombies have taken over the world, the remaining humans live in a walled in city.
I'll just say this nicely, I've definitely seen better zombie movies in my time. After the success of the Dawn of the Dead remake, George A. Romero, the father of the zombie film, came back with his first 'Dead' movie in 20 years. Seeing that the viewing public was ripe for some new zombie flicks and trying to capitalize on what's he known for. Unfortunately for him, a lot of other people saw what we were craving too, and made a lot better movies for us to consume. The cast has a definite B-Level feel to it and may have actually fared better if it were a Sy-Fy channel movie that embraced that type of B-Movie over-the-top-ness. If you want to throw this on while you fold some laundry or do some chores, then it might be what you're looking for, but with how saturated the zombie genre market is right now, there are plenty of better options out there to feed your appetite.