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‘Oblivion’ and ‘After Earth’ — Which Is Which?

Today, I bring you the trailers for Oblivion, the new Tom Cruise sci-fi action epic, and After Earth, the new Will Smith sci-fi action epic. Here’s the deal…maybe it’s just me, but I really can’t tell them apart. Oh god, has it happened? Have Tom Cruise and Will Smith finally gone and made the same movie?

Here’s Oblivion.

Here’s After Earth.

Okay, they aren’t exactly the same movie. But, you see my point, right? In Oblivion, Cruise is one of the only people on Earth. In After Earth, Smith is one of the only people on what turns out to be Earth. Plus, both flicks borrow plot points from other (better?) movies — Oblivion feels like a combination of Silent Runnings and, oh, any alien invasion flick you can think of. And for After Earth, M. Night Shyamalan steals the big reveal from Planet of the Apes. I know, there aren’t any new stories, but c’mon…

If nothing else, it should be interesting to watch these two Hollywood titans duke it out with such similar products movies. Maybe this is the fairest test to see who is truly King of the Box Office. Because as we know, like Highlander, there can be ONLY ONE.

~Theron Neel

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