Sci-Fi. Action. Tom Cruise. Any two of these keywords are sufficient to lead me into a theater to watch a movie. Oblivion (2013) obviously has all three. My feeling is that it is one of the best sci-fi movies I’ve watched recently, although it could use more action, and the pacing could be faster. Visually the post apocalyptic Earth is gorgeous.
I’m a little surprised that many early reviews of it are negative, with some criticizing that it copied ideas from other movies. Although this is true, I think it successfully integrates these ideas into an entertaining package. It reminds me of the UK movie Moon (2009). As good as the Moon story was, it never had the potential to attract mainstream audience, unlike this one.