Rated 2.0

Essentially a reboot of Battlefield Earth with the camp and Scientology removed, Oblivion plays like one of those copy/paste spoof movies, just without the smirk. It’s a Whitman’s Sampler of ideas and iconic moments lifted from better movies and wrapped in a shiny new CGI package, yet it can’t be bothered to explore those ideas and instead goes with some truly boneheaded narrative choices. Nothing adds up and the twist is scientifically absurd, but the scenes of post-apocalyptic New York look swell. Unfortunately Oblivion represents the new paradigm of contemporary filmmaking, where narrative integrity is irrelevant as long as the CGI delivers. Granted, it does deliver on the pretty spectacle, but offers about as much depth as Tom Cruise’s mirror. Cinemark 14, Feather River Cinemas and Paradise Cinema 7. Rated PG-13.