REVIEW: OBLIVION

CAST

Tom Cruise (Mission Impossible)
Morgan Freeman (The Dark Knight Rises)
Olga Kurylenko (Hitman)
Andrea Riseborough (Welcome To The Punch)
Nikolaj Coster-Waldau (Game of Thrones)
Melissa Leo (Red State)
Zoë Bell (Bitch Slap)

In 2077, sixty years after a war with extraterrestrials that devastated Earth in 2017, humanity has relocated to Saturn’s moon Titan via a giant space station called the Tet. Gigantic offshore fusion energy generators drain Earth’s oceans to power the colonies on Titan. Led by mission controller Sally and guided by his housemate and communications partner Victoria “Vika” Olsen, “Tech-49” Jack Harper regularly leaves his tower post to repair downed combat drones that guard the regions and generators against the alien scavengers or “scavs.” Although his memory has been wiped, he has had recurring dreams and visions of being on the observation deck of the Empire State Building with a dark-haired woman. He also collects the occasional artifact he finds from humanity’s past. Vika is concerned about Jack’s curiosity, questioning whether they are still “an effective team,” and encouraging him to do his job so they can join the others on Titan soon.After scavs destroy a generator, Jack discovers the scavs have been using the Empire State Building’s antenna to transmit coordinates to outer space. While taking a break at his secret lake house retreat, he watches a crash-landing module of a pre-war spacecraft called the Odyssey. Thinking the ship contains aliens, he investigates, only to find humans in stasis chambers. One of the humans is the woman from his dreams. Jack protects her chamber from a drone that destroys the others, and later revives the woman, Julia Rusakova, who makes Vika instinctively jealous. Jack and Julia return to recover her flight recorder but are captured by the scavs, who are revealed to be human survivors.Their leader, Malcolm Beech, wants Jack to reprogram their captured drone to carry nuclear fuel cells to blow up the Tet; he has sensed Jack is different because the latter’s hobby of collecting relics. Although Jack refuses, Beech releases them to seek the truth beyond the boundaries of the forbidden radiation zone. When they reach the Empire State Building, Julia reveals that she is his wife. Jack then remembers that he proposed to her there. Julia recalls she was on a mission to Titan when they were diverted to investigate an alien presence.When the two return to Jack’s tower, Vika refuses them entry and reports her findings to Sally, saying they are “no longer an effective team.” Sally acknowledges this, but activates a drone that kills Vika before Julia shoots it down. Jack and Julia escape in his ship, but are shot down by other pursuing drones. The two eject into the radiation zone, which turns out to not be radioactive. Jack discovers another ship with a technician trying to fix a downed drone, and is shocked to see that the tech is a clone of himself who goes by “Tech-52”. The clone also is shocked to see Julia. Jack fights and incapacitates his clone, but Julia is accidentally shot. After flying to Tech-52’s tower, and discovering an inquisitive Vika clone, he returns to treat Julia at the lake house.At the scav base, Beech reveals to Jack and Julia that the Tet was an alien artificial intelligence that destroyed the Moon, causing massive devastation to the planet, and invaded Earth with thousands of Jack clones and drones to wipe out the human race, extracting all of the planet’s natural resources before moving on. As Jack repairs the captured drone, the base is attacked by other drones, gravely injuring Beech and ruining the captured drone except for its fuel cells. Jack agrees to deliver Julia to Sally through the stasis chamber. On the way to the Tet, Jack listens to the Odyssey’s flight recorder, and learns that he was the mission commander, Vika was his co-pilot, and Sally was their mission controller from Earth. When the Tet started to draw in their ship, Jack jettisoned the pod of stasis chambers containing the crew members (including Julia) leaving himself and Vika to be captured.Back in the present, Jack enters a large room full of capsules of Jack and Vika clones. He shows Tet the stasis chamber, but it carries Beech and the fuel cells, which they then detonate. On Earth, Julia awakens at the lake house. Three years later, she and her daughter meet the resistance members and “Tech-52” Jack, who has also recovered his memories.I would definitely recommend seeing  this movie. The visual appeal alone is reason enough, but combined with a clever (if not entirely original) script, a thumping soundtrack and some exciting action, you should be entertained

 

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