The four stars is really more of a very high 3.5 as I'm being maybe a little more generous thanks to being a Sci-fi fan, but even at that, 'Oblivion' is one of the more beautifully realised films of the year, even if the final story remains one that you'll realise you've seen elements of before.
Several decades in the future the Earth has been left desolated and ravaged after alien invasion. With the last of it's natural resources about to be harvested by humanity Jack (Tom Cruise) remains one of the last people on Earth overseeing the machinery before he evacuates to the space station which the rest of the human race live on. Until, a spaceship crashes in his patrol area revealing inside a women whom Jack has had recurring dreams about. A woman who also seems to know who Jack is.
In finding out the answer to this mystery, Jack's entire perception of his world will be changed.
Director Joe Kosinski (Tron: Legacy) proves himself to be a developing master of visual science fiction, and 'Oblivion' is truly stunning from an effects and production design perspective. But the thinnish characters and ultimately derivative plot which the visuals mask do undermine some of that effort. It's also got a fantastic music score from M83 that pulses and matches the visuals perfectly at times.
I really enjoyed it for what it was, but 'Oblivion' probably thinks it's a slightly better sci-fi film than it actually is.