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Cruise energetic as usual, but bland stretches temper sci-fi epic "Oblivion"

Olga Kurylenko and Tom Cruise star in the sci-fi thriller “Oblivion.” Cruise plays Jack Harper, a “mop-up man” working on a post-apocalyptic Earth.
Olga Kurylenko and Tom Cruise star in the sci-fi thriller “Oblivion.” Cruise plays Jack Harper, a “mop-up man” working on a post-apocalyptic Earth.
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Science fiction is one film genre that seems to wear its ancestors, the films that inspired it or, less charitably, that it “borrowed” from, with pride. Thus, “Oblivion” has aliens called Scavengers who dress like Sand People from “Star Wars”; round, red-eyed killer drones from “2001” and “Robocop”; a finale from “Independence Day”; and a director from “TRON: Legacy.” And Joseph Kosinski brought his blatting synthetic tubas score, used in the original “TRON” and in ...

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