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Joseph Kosinski, 2013

Universal

Oblivion is so nakedly crafted from bits of winning blockbuster franchises that it’s as if Universal’s marketing department wrote the script. There’s Tom Cruise in explosion-surfing Mission Impossible mode as a powerplant technician on post-apocalyptic Earth; there’s a cool black renegade (Morgan Freeman) who, Matrix-style, teaches him that Things Ain’t What They Seem.

Déjà vu aside, though, it’s impressively done: there’s a lot to relish in the depopulated vistas, the swooping aerial combats and the wild conceit of the plot.

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