Macaulay may be no Kipling, but Horatius at the Bridge is still amazing.
Oblivion makes great use of a stanza from Horatius (not, obviously, the lines quoted in this post’s title). Much like The Dude’s rug, it really ties the film together.
Yes, it does star Tom Cruise. Yes, it is in a bleak, blue-filtered post-apocalyptic future.
But that doesn’t mean it’s not a great story.