Welcome to B-movie territory. Self/Less is silly, brainless and paint-by-numbers in an endearing fashion. It's ideal lazy Sunday afternoon fare. The type of film you'd be happy to find playing on cable on a rainy day.
Although not ground breaking, trail blazing, or genre building, Oblivion is still an original work. They say Hollywood is out of ideas, but Joseph Kosinski clearly begs to differ. Modern times, especially in the sci-fi genre, force feeds us sequal after prequel after adaptation after reboot. It is nice to see that there are those that want to tell new stories.
Tired of sci-fi movies where a species of hyper-intelligent, superhumanly strong and technologically advanced aliens attempt to wipe out the good people of planet earth? South African director, Niell Blomkamp's District 9 turns the genre on its head, characterizing the humans as villains who subjugate and abuse a marooned ship of insectoid aliens.
The name Jessica Lucas may not be familiar to movie audiences yet, but rest assured with the imminent launch of Cloverfield (aka 01-18-08, aka that cool looking movie which had a trailer on Transformers), she's about to burst out huge.
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