“Although Universal’s publicity department has asked that journalists refrain from spilling the secrets of Oblivion (Universal, 4.19), the major revelations, once they arrive, will hardly surprise anyone familiar with Total Recall, The Matrix and the countless other sci-fi touchstones hovering over this striking, visually resplendent adventure,” writes Variety‘s Justin Chang.

“Pitting the latest action-hero incarnation of Tom Cruise against an army of alien marauders, director Joseph Kosinski’s follow-up to Tron: Legacy is a moderately clever dystopian mindbender with a gratifying human pulse, despite some questionable narrative developments along the way.”

This plus Todd McCarthy’s half-approving review leaves you with an idea that while Oblivion may not be great or legendary, it isn’t half bad.