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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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Joseph Kosinski

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Karl Gajdusek (screenplay), Michael Arndt (screenplay) (as Michael deBruyn) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Tom Cruise ... Jack
Morgan Freeman ... Beech
Olga Kurylenko ... Julia
Andrea Riseborough ... Victoria
Nikolaj Coster-Waldau ... Sykes
Melissa Leo ... Sally
Zoë Bell ... Kara
Abigail Lowe Abigail Lowe ... Julia's Child
Isabelle Lowe Isabelle Lowe ... Julia's Child
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Storyline

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.


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

19 April 2013 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Horizons See more »

Filming Locations:

New York City, New York, USA See more »

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Box Office

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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Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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The NASA logo mostly used in the film is the "worm" logotype which was used by the agency from 1975 until 1992. However, during the "Odyssey" on-board scenes the classic NASA logo can also be seen. See more »

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The Tet is established as a brilliant machine capable of strategic planning, yet it can't figure out why Jack wants to visit after being informed of the Scavs weaponizing power cells, the fact that a large number of them are missing, and with the assumption that Jack 49 has been affected by them. Or, if it does suspect Jack's intentions, it still lets him in without an escort. It is a tough sell to assume the Tet wants Jack's "cargo" so badly to risk such an obvious attack. See more »

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[first lines]
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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A Whiter Shade of Pale
Written by Keith Reid, Gary Brooker, Matthew Fisher
Performed by Procol Harum
Courtesy of Muscadet Productions, Inc. & Onward Productions Ltd.
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If you like Sci Fi, you'll love this!
14 July 2014 | by Glyn-52-910242See all my reviews

I hadn't really heard of Oblivion before I watched it, but I'm a big fan of Tom Cruise and his films, as he is such an excellent actor. Right from the start, the film doesn't disappoint. It has a real depth that a lot of action/Sci Fi films don't have. A beautiful ambient soundtrack is matched perfectly to the pace of the film and in it's own right is a work of excellence that I now listen to on my iPod.

The characters are believable, and as expected, Tom Cruise plays his character really well. Morgan Freeman also plays an excellent role here, and I feel was perfectly cast for his role.

The special effects are very good. The creators went to great efforts with many of the sets and props, constructing full size ships, and massive screens to project backgrounds, rather than just use blue screen and CGI, which I feel responsible for ruining many modern films. (The Star Wars prequels comes to mind!) Where CGI is used, it's not over the top, and blends well with the live action and real sets. The tower set is a work of pure beauty, and helps add to the bright and wide open feel of the film, if that makes sense.

As I said previously, the soundtrack is fantastic, and allows me to watch the film over and over without getting bored of it. The sound effects are excellent as well. Specifically the drones make excellent noises at various stages of the film.

The overall plot is very good. It has a good amount of twists, and real depth. It is all played out at a pace that seems to adapt perfectly to the story. Action sequences are fast, and deeper, more emotional sequences get the slower pace they deserve.

It's funny, but it's one of those films that maybe didn't win any awards and maybe didn't break box office records.. but I find myself watching it again and again as it's just so watchable and enjoyable. There very few films I own that I can watch, go back to the beginning, and watch again right away. Black Hawk Down is one of them, and now so is Oblivion. In fact I only watched it last week, but after writing this review, I'm tempted to watch it again tonight.

I hope you enjoy it as much as I did, and continue to do so!


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