SUMMER IS UPON US, which means it’s time for rival movies to take their places in this year’s summer line-up. Just as Armageddon followed Deep Impact and Volcano followed Dante’s Peak, M. Night Shyamalan’s apocalyptic After Earth follows the similarly-themed Oblivion this year.
Truth be told, the most dangerous thing about this movie is M. Night Shyamalan’s involvement.
However, before we get into why After Earth is currently enjoying a Rotten Tomatoes score in the mid-teens, it is worth mentioning that Oblivion sort of doomed its rival partner right out of the game with its hilarious unoriginality. After all, how good could After Earth be when it is essentially a rip-off of a film that in turn ripped off enough movies for us to fill a full list with. Among them…
7. I Am Legend
While we’ll admit that last-man-on-Earth movies have been done to death, what the advertisers behind Oblivion stole from I Am Legend’s movie posters was nothing short of overkill.
If only we could pass off work like this without being sued for plagiarism.
As such, this summer’s Will Smith film is a rip-off of a rip-off of the 2007 Will Smith film I Am Legend.
In all honesty, they should make a movie about that someday.
6. Independence Day
If the following screencaps look like they were taken from the same movie, they should. We’re guessing one of the wizards behind Oblivion thought Independence Day came out long enough for filmmakers to start copying its whole third act.
WTF? That’s three Will Smith films already.
5. War of the Worlds
Maybe we’re being picky here, but seeing Tom Cruise wearing a Yankees cap in a post-apocalyptic future sure makes us think about the time he was playing catch in War of the Worlds… wearing a Yankees cap.
Seriously, that’s like putting Harrison Ford in a fedora for any sort of non-Indiana Jones role.
4. 2001: A Space Odyssey
Treadmills? Check. Star Childs? Check. Suspended animation? Check.
In all fairness, they could be ripping off Alien in this scene.
However, adding a red-eye to an evil alien droids in the movie? Oh, yes. We know where we’re coming from with that one…
“I’m afraid I can’t do that, Tom.”
3. The Matrix
Morgan Freeman plays Morpheus in Oblivion.
“Welcome to the desert of the real.”
Also, we don’t just mean that they’re both black and sport similar eyewear. We mean that Morgan Freeman’s character Malcolm Beech looks like this and is the leader of the human resistance in Oblivion. Also, that Tom Cruise plays the role of Neo in this movie.
In all fairness, that’s fantastic casting for a Matrix remake.
2. Blade Runner
Without going into spoilers, let’s just say that there are Replicants in Oblivion, and they end up playing a role just as crucial to the main character’s identity as they did in Blade Runner.
Or at least the non-sucky versions of the movie.
We can sum this one up in two pictures. This one…
…And this one.
Shamelessly and shockingly, Tom Cruise plays WALL-E in Oblivion. Like, in ways that we can’t believe the movie was even made.
Just see this mash-up of the two films and see for yourself how closely they are alike. Or, more specifically, the same damn movie.
Actually, that’s not true. WALL-E was good.