New from the desk of The Movie Snob.
Oblivion (C-). This new sci-fi action movie starring Tom Cruise (Rock of Ages) is pretty much a mishmash of ideas you’ve seen in other, better sci-fi action movies. In the not-too-distant future, Earth is a wasteland after a war with an invading alien species called Scavengers. Although the Scavengers were defeated, the damage to Earth’s ecology was so great that humanity evacuated to Saturn’s moon Titan, leaving Earth to a few scuttling subterranean Scavengers that survived the war. But a few humans do still live on Earth—technicians who maintain some giant reactors that are slurping up the oceans, I guess to send the resources back to Titan, and the wicked security drones that protect the reactors from the Scavengers. Jack (Cruise) and Victoria (Andrea Riseborough, Never Let Me Go) are two of those techs. But Jack has these recurring dreams about a mysterious woman (played by Olga Kurylenko, Quantum of Solace), and he begins to wonder if he and Victoria are being told the truth by their far-distant commanders. The movie is too long, and the whole thing feels quite derivative. But some of the visuals are pretty cool, and Riseborough is a pretty, new face. (I just realized, she’s also in the current release Disconnect as the ethically compromised news reporter. I didn’t even recognize her!)