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Top Gun Maverick – Joseph Kosinski (2022)

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“Maverick” (Tom Cruise obviously) is brought back to the Top Gun academy after 30 years to train their top recruits for a mission impossible. These recruits also include the son of “Goose” whom Maverick lost in the earlier films.

Of course Maverick is better than his younger colleagues and while he was actually supposed to only train the pilots who would go on the mission, he ends up flying it himself.

Kosinski made a lot of effort to make the film akin to the old one. There is partly the same music, characters return, Maverick still drives his motor without a helmet, there are flashbacks, etc. The old film is not really ‘on top of my mind’, but I have the idea that the new “Top Gun” is but another episode after 35 years. Not boring, not great.

Spiderhead – Joseph Kosinski (2022)

I did not have high expectations of this film, but it is even worse than I expected.

Prisoners can opt to be be transferred to a facility where drugs are tested. This facility has more freedom than state prison. The facility is headed by “Abnesti”. Test subjects have some sort of module on their backs which are used to administer drugs that induce love (or actually: lust), hunger, fear or whatever. Abnesti uses these tests to make a drug that will rid the world off hatred and anxiety. Or so he says.

We mostly follow prisoner Jeff who is subjected to different tests but -of course- sees through the immorality of the system and looks for a way to rebel.


Oblivion * Joseph Kosinski (2013)

I do not think I had heard of this “mind blowing epic” before my girlfriend brought it home. Perhaps this is because Tom Cruise and Morgan Freeman are not actors that make me want to watch a film and the director is a new with only two finished films. The box reminded my girlfriend of “Interstellar” and indeed, the two films are quite alike.

In “Oblivion” we are a century ahead in time and after a war with alien invaders, humankind now lives on one of the moons of Saturn. The earth is only used for its resources, since however men won the war, the earth was mostly destroyed and highly radio active because of the use of nuclear warfare. The only people on earth are people who take care of the maintenance of the machinery. Jack (Tom Cruise) and Julia (Olga Kurylenko) are two of those. Operating from a futuristic house/base high above the clouds, Jack goes to the surface for his maintenance and Julia is his operator. Jack’s occupation is not without hazard. Then when another craft crashes to earth, things slowly start to be different from what Jack was always told and towards the ends an ‘Interstellian circle’ is presented to the viewer.

The story of “Oblivion” is less ‘elaborate’ than that of “Interstellar” and in total “Oblivion” is not as good. I might have rather seen them the other way around. Still, in both films the surrealistic atmosphere that makes me think over some things works and the drama works too. Therefor I suggest that when you saw “Interstellar” and liked it, you might want to watch “Oblivion” as well. Or when you found “Interstellar” is bit too much, “Oblivion” might suit your better.

Nice detail. The film is based on a graphic novel and the author of this novel is director of this film.