Not surprisingly, the screenplay by Kosinski and Karl Gajdusek and a couple of other writers is based on an unpublished comic book, and that's part of the problem. The story feels half thought-out, like a bunch of guys brainstorming cool ideas without any truly unifying narrative.
It helps that Kosinski has a first-rate cast that elevates even the most sophomoric writing and that Cruise, though aging, is still cruising along at the top of his game with his cocky, movie-star mojo.
And it helps that Kosinski is a visual artist par excellence. His movie looks devastatingly exquisite. But he lavishes so much attention on surface, texture, fashion and architecture that he forgets to attend to the essential details of storytelling. “Oblivion” is a lavishly wrapped package that contains only tatty, shopworn goods.
— Dennis King