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Oblivion (2013)

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A veteran assigned to extract Earth's remaining resources begins to question what he knows about his mission and himself.

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One of the few remaining drone repairmen assigned to Earth, its surface devastated after decades of war with the alien Scavs, discovers a crashed spacecraft with contents that bring into question everything he believed about the war, and may even put the fate of mankind in his hands. Written by Black Dahlia

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Earth is a memory worth fighting for.


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Rated PG-13 for sci-fi action violence, brief strong language, and some sensuality/nudity | See all certifications »

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19 April 2013 (USA)  »

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Budget:

$120,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$37,054,485, 21 April 2013, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$89,021,735, 23 June 2013

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$286,168,572
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Trivia

While Disney was holding the rights, the first draft of the script was written by William Monahan. That draft was ditched when Universal acquired the property. Michael Arndt also did additional uncredited rewrites to Karl Gajdusek's draft. However, Monahan was not credited. See more »

Goofs

When the Odyssey enters Earth's atmosphere, alerting Jack with its sonic boom, it's daytime. When Jack arrives at the crash site, it's night time, and when he arrives back at Tower 49 with Julia's hibernation pod, it's daylight again. See more »

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Jack Harper: Earth, before the war. New York, before I was born. A place I've only seen pictures of. I know you... But we've never met. I'm with you... But I don't know your name. I know I'm dreaming. But it feels like more than that. It feels like a memory. How can that be?
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Oblivion
Written by Anthony Gonzalez, Susanne Sundfør
Performed by M83 featuring Susanne Sundfør
Produced by Anthony Gonzalez
Additional production by Josh Humphrey
Arranged and Orchestrated by Joseph Trapanese
Mixed by Ken Andrews
M83 appears courtesy of M83 Recording Inc.
Susanne Sundfør appears courtesy of Sonnet Sound Limited
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A memorable sci-fi fantasy world with a human heart at its core.
11 April 2013 | by See all my reviews

If there is a soul, it is made from the love we share.

There are many ways to describe Oblivion, but the softly spoken afterword by Tom Cruise's character really makes you feel the human heartbeat of this sci-fi epic.

As always, the trailer is full of explosions and set pieces. Oblivion the movie is an entirely different beast that values a human story and characters that are driven by common purpose. While the cast is tiny, I found much to enjoy from Cruise, Riseborough, Freeman and that Nordic guy from Headhunters who is showing up more frequently in Hollywood blockbusters. Aside from unusually limited screen-time, Morgan and other supporting cast are effective and memorable.

The threads of the plot are well-woven and I won't give anything away, so what I will tell you is to prepare for a powerful journey into the unknown where nothing is what it seems. Explosive set pieces take a backseat for sci-fi philosophy with twists to spare.

Oblivion ticks all the boxes for correct use of literary devices and establishes enough original cannon to stick in your mind long after the credits start rolling. It is a distinct success among the largely abysmal offerings of 2013 so far, don't miss it.


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