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‘Oblivion’ and Other Visions of a Miserable Future

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‘Oblivion’ and Other Visions of a Miserable Future

Universal Pictures

"Oblivion" is set in 2077, in which the Earth is a scarred, wretched landscape long abandoned by human beings. Tom cruise wanders the planet, mining it for its few remaining resources and wallowing in existential malaise.

It's certainly not a groundbreaking vision on the part of director Joseph Kosinski, as the movies rarely display any hope for our many possible futures. Here are other cinematic future worlds that range from the grindingly awful to the apocalyptically terrible.

The cast of 'Oblivion' talks to Yahoo! Movies: