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Oblivion (I) (2013)

PG-13  |   |  Action, Adventure, Mystery  |  19 April 2013 (USA)
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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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$120,000,000 (estimated)

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$37,054,485 (USA) (19 April 2013)

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$89,021,735 (USA) (21 June 2013)
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Trivia

Joseph Kosinski and Claudio Miranda didn't like the extensive use of blue screen mattes in TRON: Legacy (2010) to such an extent, that for this film, they wanted to use real glass, mirrors and shiny surfaces for the glass tower set. The sky footage was projected on a 500 by 45 feet screen consisting of 21 monitors taken from three weeks of footage of a volcano in Hawaii. The monitors took 10 technician weeks to install and fine tuning with floor-level rig support. In the end it had the actors complimenting the production team for that set design that as such Tom Cruise declared that the glass tower was one of his favorite film sets. See more »

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When Victoria and Jack are approaching the Tet, they converse with Sally at NASA as if they are in orbit around earth. In reality, a signal needs more than two hours to make a round trip from Saturn to Earth and back. 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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The Universal logo in this film is a representation of the Earth in the year 2077, and the text saying 'Universal' is rusted. See more »

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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 (Australia) – 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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