Oblivion is an 2013 science fiction film co-written, produced and directed by Joseph Kosinski and based on his unpublished graphic novel of the same name edited by Radical Comics.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 to release on July 10, 2013. Since the 3D re-release of Jurassic Park was set for a July 19, 2013 release date, the US release date was moved backward to April 19, 2013.
Following an alien invasion 60 years earlier which nearly destroyed the planet, former Marine commander Jack Harper (Tom Cruise) is one of the last few drone mechanics stationed on Earth. Jack lives in an airborne tower floating thousands of feet above the Earth which he and his colleague are part of the operation to clean up the remaining forces of the invasion and extract the planet’s remaining resources.
Nearing the end of his mission, Jack rescues a female stranger (Olga Kurylenko) from a crashed spaceship. Following her arrival, he is captured by an insurgency led by the mysterious Malcolm Beech (Morgan Freeman) and following a series of events he is forced to question everything he knows about the invasion and its aftermath. Inside the insurgent camp, it is demanded that he repair a recently captured drone to not fire on them. His colleague back at the tower then sends a drone to scout the area for Jack, but it is soon disarmed by members of the resistance. Jack successfully manages to plead for his release, being that more Drones would be sent for him if he were to stay.
He manages to return with the female stranger, who is actually revealed to be his long lost wife, Julia. The ship he found her in was actually a NASA shuttle that had been orbiting around Earth for 60 years. This also shows that Jack is actually one of the many clones taken from the actual Jack Harper (60 years ago), that helps repair drones and scout for alien presence. His colleague Victoria is actually revealed to be the clone of the original Victoria as well. With this in mind, he desperately tries to convince her to escape with him, leading her to report his insubordination to her superiors (whom they have never actually met). The resistance is actually revealed to be the remaining humans on Earth, whereas Jack’s superiors are the aliens and have used him and his clones to help drain the Earth of its vital resources.
As a result of insubordination, Jack is scheduled for termination by Sally (Jack and Victoria’s commander), and in the resulting fight Victoria is killed by an incoming Drone. Jack and Julia return to the resistance camp, where they help repair the stolen drone. During the repair process, Malcolm reveals that the resistance has a nuke and intends on using it to destroy the aliens main stronghold; a space station orbiting Earth. A drone scout party manages to pick up the DNA trail of Jack and attacks the base, but is eventually overpowered; the captured drone is once again unfit for service, however the nuke is still operational. Having no other choice Jack volunteers to take the nuke up to the station himself, and moments later so does Julia. He places her back into her sleeper tank (the same one he had found her in when he first encountered her) and sets off to the space station, telling Sally that he is bringing the survivor to her. During the flight he recovers the recording device that was in Julia’s shuttle and it is actually revealed that his original self was on board the same shuttle as his wife. They were on a mission in 2017 to investigate a mysterious object orbiting Earth (revealed to be the Alien space station), and somehow his ship was being pulled into it. He decided to release the shuttle containing the sleeper tanks (one of which had Julia), as a sacrifice since it would be able to break free from the objects mysterious gravitational pull. His co pilot is also shown as Victoria. After this flashback he enters the space station and reveals himself to Sally, who is shocked that he didn’t bring the survivor (he actually brought Malcolm). He quickly recites a story about Horatius, a Roman soldier who held a bridge against many enemies, and then proceeds to Nuke the entire space station, indefinitely terminating alien presence on Earth.
Three years later, Julia is still grief stricken by his death (though he was not the original Jack), but the resistance pays her a visit bringing Jack in the process (the Jack Harper from Station 53).