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Oblivion is a 2013 American science fiction film co-written, produced and directed by Joseph Kosinski and based on his unpublished graphic novel of the same name edited by Radical Comics.
It stars Tom Cruise, Olga Kurylenko, Andrea Riseborough, Morgan Freeman, Melissa Leo, Zoë Bell, and Nikolaj Coster-Waldau. The film was initially scheduled for release on July 10, 2013. Since the 3D re-release of Jurassic Park was set for April 5, 2013, the US release date was moved back to April 19, 2013. According to Kosinski, Oblivion pays homage to science fiction films of the 1970s.
The film takes place in the year 2077. Sixty years earlier, Earth was attacked by aliens known to humans as the Scavengers, or "Scavs" for short. The Moon was nearly destroyed and the resulting tectonic upheaval and the last-ditch use of nuclear weapons ruined the Earth's ability to support life. Technician #49 ("Tech 49") Jack Harper (Tom Cruise) is now one of the last few humans stationed on the planet; the other survivors have migrated to a massive tetrahedral space station called the Tet and established a colony on Titan, the largest moon of Saturn. He lives in a work tower thousands of feet above the Earth where he and his communications officer and lover Victoria (Andrea Riseborough) are part of an operation to extract the planet's remaining resources for the Titan colony's use. Jack and Victoria underwent a "security wipe" five years prior, which erased their memories and prevents them from giving up information under interrogation. Jack's primary job is the maintenance and support of 'drones', autonomous airborne machines that patrol the landscape to hunt the remaining alien resistance and protect the resource extraction machines. They maintain contact with civilization via a video link with their commander on the Tet, Sally (Melissa Leo), and have two weeks left on their tour of duty. Jack suffers from recurring dreams and flashbacks of being with an unknown woman on the 86th-floor observation deck of the Empire State Building prior to the invasion. Jack also maintains, without Victoria's knowledge, a secluded wooded area featuring a lake and a small cabin which he has stocked with relics of human civilization collected in the course of his duties, such as records, books, and other souvenirs.
As Jack nears the end of his mission, a spaceship, the Odyssey, crashes on the surface, brought down by a Scav homing beacon mounted on the top of the Empire State Building. The ship is carrying a number of sleeping capsules containing human beings in hibernation. Jack rescues a woman, Julia (Olga Kurylenko), from the wreckage, and saves her from a drone that arrives and destroys the other survivors. He immediately recognizes Julia as the woman in his flashbacks. Shortly afterwards, they return to the Odyssey's crash site to find the final recording of the space ship's log. Jack and Julia find the log, but are captured by Scavs, who are revealed to be humans living in an underground stronghold. Their leader, Malcolm Beech (Morgan Freeman), who was a young soldier when the invasion occurred, claims there are no aliens on the planet and demands that Jack reprogram a captured drone to destroy the Tet by ferrying a nuclear bomb they have built up to it. Jack refuses, and Beech allows Jack and Julia to leave, advising Jack that he will find answers to his questions in the supposedly dangerous "high-radiation zones" which surround the area in which he operates.
Jack and Julia climb the ruins of the Empire State Building, where Julia reveals herself to be Jack's wife. Despite his initial shock at this revelation, it allows Jack to reconcile his flashbacks, as he knows it to be the truth. He sees the building's observation deck in his dreams because it was where he had proposed to Julia. She tells him that the ship in which she crash-landed was a NASA space ship. Victoria witnesses the two embrace from a camera aboard Jack's ship and is struck with grief. Returning to the tower, Victoria refuses to let Jack enter and informs Sally that they are no longer "an effective team". Sally remotely activates a drone, which kills Victoria and tries to kill Jack, but Julia shoots it with Jack's scouting aircraft. Sally then orders Jack to bring Julia to the Tet for debriefing, but they flee instead.
Pursued by drones, Jack and Julia are pushed into the radiation zone, where they crash and Jack is stunned to come face to face with "Tech 52", a clone of himself. Jack and the clone engage in combat that ends with Jack choking the clone unconscious, but during the scuffle Julia is wounded. Jack uses the clone's ship to go to Tower 52, a station much like his own work tower, complete with a clone of Victoria, and returns to Julia with a first-aid kit to save her life. They go back to Beech, who reveals that Jack is himself a clone of the original Commander Jack Harper, who was an astronaut in 2017. The resistance comprises the last remaining humans as there is no colony on Titan and the Tet is not a space station filled with refugees but rather an alien artificial intelligence that was responsible for the original attack and is now draining the Earth of resources for its own consumption. It used thousands of clones of Jack Harper to accomplish this, first as an invading army and then as support for its occupying fleet of drones, programmed to kill humans on sight.
Jack helps to reprogram the stolen drone to deliver the nuclear bomb, fashioned from the Odyssey's reactor and fuel cells taken from drones, into the heart of the Tet. However, Sally picks up Jack's DNA trail near the encounter with Technician #52 and assigns three drones to follow it to the resistance base. The base suffers many casualties in the ensuing attack, and although they defeat the drones, Beech is mortally wounded. He had indicated he would have loved to see the look on Sally's face as the bomb exploded. The captured drone is destroyed in the chaos, although the nuclear bomb remains intact. With no other choice, Jack volunteers to fly the bomb into the Tet himself, but admits he has no way to avoid being shot down on approach. Julia suggests that he deliver her to Sally as ordered, as Sally has concluded that a clone of Jack will make a more "effective team" with a clone of Julia than with a clone of Victoria.
Jack places Julia back into her sleeping capsule and sets off to the space station, telling Sally that he is bringing Julia to her as requested.
During the flight, Jack listens to the flight recorder recovered from the Odyssey. It was revealed that in 2017 the original Jack Harper, with Victoria as his co-pilot, navigated the Odyssey, a NASA ship, to investigate the then-newly-discovered Tet. Reporting to Sally at the NASA command center, the Odyssey's original mission was to travel to Titan. Jack's wife and many other personnel were on board in hibernation. As they approached the Tet, they were drawn in by a homing beacon and lost communication with the command center. Realizing they were about to be captured, Jack programmed the sleeping capsules to orbit Earth and ejected them (including the one containing his wife) before their spacecraft was consumed by the Tet. The capsules remained in orbit around the Earth for 60 years until crashing on Earth.
Upon finishing listening to the flight recorder, Jack enters the Tet. He discovers it to contain thousands of pods incubating clones of himself and Victoria. Suspicious of his motives, Sally sends two drones to accompany Jack's ship as he navigates it inside. She brings up his recent pattern of insubordinate behavior and demands to know why his heart-rate and body temperature are at high levels. Knowing she could kill him at any moment, he replies that he simply wants to deliver Julia and live. Sally then permits Jack access to her location inside the Tet.
"Sally" is revealed to be a huge monolithic, sentient, tetrahedron-like structure. It is an alien AI technology who had simply assumed the likeness of his actual former NASA commander. She welcomes Jack home and assures him he is doing the right thing by delivering Julia to her. At the same time, more drones are sent to fully annihilate the resistance's base. Jack brings the sleeping capsule from the ship and presents it to Sally. As he opens it, Beech slowly climbs out of the capsule, instead of Julia. With Sally clearly upset at this deceit and informing him that she is his creator and "God", Jack and Beech sacrifice themselves by triggering the nuclear bomb and finally destroying the Tet. This subsequently deactivates all the remaining drones on Earth. Unbeknownst to her, Julia was delivered to Jack's forest retreat on Earth.
Three years later, Julia is living a peaceful life in the forest retreat on a recovering Earth, and has given birth to a young daughter. From the surrounding forest, members of the former resistance appear and set down their supplies. As Julia welcomes them, Tech 52 appears from the crowd and the couple gaze at each other until the film then ends.
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