Directed by : Joseph Kosinski
Based on : Oblivion by Joseph Kosinski and Arvid Nelson
Distributed by : Universal Pictures
Oblivion is an American post-apocalyptic science fiction film based on Joseph Kosinski’s Radical Comics-edited unpublished graphic novel of the same name. My summary:
In the year 2077, Tech 49, Jack Harper (Tom Cruise) is one of the last drone repairmen stationed on Earth. The planet was nearly destroyed sixty years ago, during a war against a race of alien invaders, known as Scavengers (Scavs). The Scavs destroyed the moon, causing massive earthquakes and tsunamis, and then launched their invasion. They were only defeated by the use of nuclear weapons, which left most of the planet irradiated and uninhabitable. The few surviving humans migrated to a large space station called the “Tet”.
Jack and his partner, Victoria “Vika” Olsen (Andrea Riseborough) work as a team to maintain the autonomous drones that defend the power stations from the few remaining Scav bandits. Although Jack and Vika had their memories wiped five years earlier for security reasons, Jack has recurring dreams about meeting a mysterious woman at the Empire State Building before the war. Jack keeps a secret retreat in a forested area he sometimes visits.
One day, Jack finds a pre-invasion spacecraft and manages to rescue one of the crew, Julia (Olga Kurylenko), recognizing her as the woman from his dreams. Julia and Jack retrieve the ship’s flight recorder, but then are captured by Scavs, who are revealed to be humans. Their leader, Malcolm Beech (Morgan Freeman), claims that the alien invasion was a lie and wants Jack to reprogram a captured drone in order to destroy the Tet, by delivering a nuclear weapon. At first, Jack refuses, so Malcolm releases them, but urges them to seek the truth in the so-called “radiation zone” that Jack is forbidden to enter.
On their way back, Jack takes Julia to the ruins of the Empire State Building and Julia reveals who she is. They then flee in Jack’s ship and crashes in the radiation zone, where Jack comes face to face with Tech 52, a clone of himself. Shocked, Jack and Julia return to Beech, who tells them the truth. The Tet is in fact an alien artificial intelligence that seized Earth to exploit the planet’s resources. Jack and Victoria are just two of many thousands of clones of their original selves, created as soldiers to carry out the invasion of Earth. The Tet uses drones programmed to kill humans on sight. The survivors use old technology, like stealth fighter shielding and vocal scrambling to confuse the drones (make them look like ‘scavs’). Jack then agrees to reprogram the stolen drone to destroy the Tet.
During the flight to Tet, Jack listens to the Odyssey’s flight recorder, which reveals his and Victoria’s past. Jack enters the Tet, then triggers the nuclear bomb with Beech and destroys the Tet at the cost of their own lives. The destruction of the Tet also deactivates the remaining drones around the world. Three years later, Julia is living with her young daughter in the forest retreat on the recovering Earth. A group of survivors arrive there, and Tech 52 emerges from the group. Having the same latent memories as Tech 49, he then reunites with “his” family.
This is one of my favorite sci-fi movies!! It’s actually my first favorite. I really love the story! I was confused at first, since I don’t really understand Science, but then I got it, and wow, it’s really genius! I think the idea was inspired by dooms day, but they changed it into something new, fresh, and brilliant!! There are romantic parts which are so sweet and touching. And how Jack and Beech sacrificed their life for others, is so heroic! I love everything about this movie. The genius idea with brilliant plot and engaging conflicts, the editing, the good-looking and talented role-players, every each of them! So recommended! Really, really, really worth to watch! You’ll regret it if you don’t!
Plot reference: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oblivion_(2013_film)
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