I actually think Oblivion looks cool; I didn't even hate Joseph Kosinski's widely disliked Tron: Legacy because all I wanted out of that movie was some pretty pictures in IMAX and I got 'em. I like science fiction and I especially like anticipating this year's parade of non-franchise sci-fi year in the form of the confusingly named and sometimes similarly premised Oblivion, After Earth, Elysium, and Gravity (to say nothing of Pacific Rim and a new Star Trek). But because of his prime work with the aforementioned filmmakers, Cruise struck me as the kind of movie star who would, against all stereotypes, look comfortable as he ages, maybe taking his step-back from romantic/action consideration as an opportunity to further challenge himself. Instead, his second or third or fourth wind, whatever this is, more or less follows the template of Knight and Day, albeit less emphatically and self-consciously: embrace the Cruiseiness, and do the kind of Tom Cruise MoviesTM that he hasn't actually made that many of, all things considered. He doesn't look uncomfortable aging yet because he hasn't really allowed himself to. Think about it: following the small-scale toughness of Jack Reacher with the effects-driven ambition of Oblivion is the kind of leading-man progression Ryan Reynolds or Bradley Cooper might've tried out a few years ago. If the dude can pull it off at 50, hey, good on him, but I wonder if it will take a run of hits as substantial as that of 80s Cruise to get Aging Cruise off an all-popcorn diet.