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->''Earth is a memory worth fighting for.''

'''''Oblivion''''' is a 2013 ScienceFiction film directed by Joseph Kosinski (''Film/TronLegacy'') starring Creator/TomCruise, Creator/OlgaKurylenko, Andrea Riseborough, Creator/NikolajCosterWaldau, Melissa Leo and Creator/MorganFreeman. Anthony Gonzalez of Music/{{M83}} and Joseph Trapanese (''Film/TheRaid'', ''WesternAnimation/TronUprising'') are the composers.

Cruise plays Jack Harper, a repairman who maintains a series of drones on the surface of the Earth in the aftermath of an apparent alien invasion and war which the humans won at the cost of half of Earth being destroyed. When he finds a crashed spaceship, he starts a series of events that forces him to question everything he knows.

It's something of an "old-fashioned" style of Sci-Fi, i.e., an unraveling mystery/elements of conspiracy with visual effects concentrating mostly on a post-apocalyptic wasteland, as opposed to a series of confrontations in flashy scenery.

Watch the trailer [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UsjdRsrR6cs here.]] Or don't. Remember, TrailersAlwaysSpoil, and going in blind is critical to the movie's plot.

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!!This film has the following tropes:

* AfterTheEnd: The primary setting is an Earth after devastated by an interstellar war.
* AGodAmI: [[spoiler:'''Tet/Sally:''' I created you, Jack. I ''am'' your God.]]
* AIIsACrapshoot: [[spoiler:The Tet is actually an evil alien artificial intelligence-spaceship-thing that [[PlanetLooters raids planets for energy to keep itself running]]]].
* AlienAbduction: [[spoiler: What happened to the real Jack and Victoria. It was Harper's decision to uncouple the piloting section from the [[HumanPopsicle crew]] [[LifePod section]] as it was being [[TractorBeam swallowed by the Tet]] [[HeroicSacrifice that prevented the rest of the ''Odyssey'''s crew from becoming clones]].]]
* AlienInvasion: By a race referred to as "Scavengers," or "Scavs" for short. The setting is in the aftermath, about 60 years afterwards. [[spoiler: Or so Jack believes. Turns out, the AlienInvasion was actually by the Tet, a gigantic autonomous AI, and the Scavengers are the human resistance.]]
* AlienSky: The wreckage of the destroyed Moon.
* AmnesiacLover: [[spoiler:After a [[CloningBlues fashion]], Jack is this to Julia.]]
* ApocalypticLog: The flight recorder playback of the ''Odyssey''.
* ArcWords: The poem that Jack reads in the library is quoted several times and is directly relevant to the plot:
-->And how can man die better than facing fearful odds,
-->For the ashes of his fathers, and the temples of his Gods?
* ArtisticLicenseMedicine: The victim is shot in the abdomen - it's hard not to hit part of the digestive system there and that's usually fatal even with modern medicine, plus it's a long time (in emergency-medicine time) between the victim getting shot and the helper bringing medical attention. Of course, in the end, it turns out all the person has to do is [[WeHaveToGetTheBulletOut get the bullet out]]. However the medical technology of the time is evidently so amazing that the victim later is more than willing to [[spoiler: have sex and get pregnant]] that night.
* ArtisticLicensePhysics:
** The Moon is still in several large pieces and hasn't orbited each other nor fallen back together after 60 years. Just 60 years is not enough to displace that much dirt to bury Manhattan that deep. The buildings cannot take that much weight of dirt on top of, around and on their sides without being broken or distorted. [[TropesAreTools However this all makes for some stunning, beautiful visuals]].
** The Tet appears to be in an orbit around Earth that is just a couple of hundred kilometers high, yet it is offline (meaning there is no line of sight between the Tet and Tower 49) for hours. Such a low orbit means that the Tet would orbit Earth within a much shorter time, meaning it might be offline for less than an hour before rising above the horizon again (the International Space Station orbits Earth in about 90 minutes and is 400 kilometers high). The orbital period shown in the movie (being behind the horizon for several hours) would correspond to a much higher orbit of several tens of thousands of kilometers. However, the Tet is explicitly shown to be in the close vicinity of Earth.
** The Bubblecopter used by Jack (see: FutureCopter below) has twin engines on either side, and a tail rotor. A tail rotor is only needed to give an opposing force when you have one set of blades. Given that these are "jets" mounted on either side of the plane, having a tail rotor working would be dangerous for the vehicle.
*** Possibly the tail rotor spins both ways and makes the vehicle more maneuverable or stabilizes it from certain jet configurations.
** Put a CoolBike on its twin stands, pull a winch cable out of the front, rappel down into a building. How does that work?
* AsceticAesthetic: How the Tet and anything related to it (the Towers, the suits, the drones, the firearms) is represented. Borders EverythingIsAnIpodInTheFuture in some places (like the Towers' communication consoles).
* AttackDrone: The [[SpheroidDropship spherical]], [[MoreDakka heavily]] [[LudicrousGibs armed]], [[MadeOfIron tough as hell]] drones Jack repairs for a living.
* AttackItsWeakPoint: The drones have several points (cameras, energy core hatches, etc) which can be shot ForMassiveDamage. [[PlayingWithATrope Toyed]] with in that they are small targets on a highly-mobile weapons system, those who try to shoot it use big guns and try to do so when the drone's standing still (and are virtually point-blank), [[MadeOfIron and it still has a high chance of not working]].
* BabiesEverAfter: [[spoiler:The movie's epilogue has Julia attending a garden (the one on Harper's secret cottage) with a three year-old girl which is most [[SomeoneToRememberHimBy definitely]] Harper's.]]
* BigApplesauce: The movie happens in a virtually unrecognizable New York State. What remains of the Empire State Building is a plot-important location.
* BigBad: [[spoiler: "Sally", the Tet's A.I.]]
* BigDamnHeroes:
** The drone coming to Jack's rescue during the Scavs' ambush on the remains of the New York Public Library, and the drones sent to intimidate the Scavengers when they capture Jack and Julia. [[spoiler: Although considering TheReveal that follows, they could be considered more of a VillainousRescue in action.]]
** When the drone on Tower 49 is reactivated, [[spoiler: killing Victoria]] and getting ready to shoot Jack, Julia saves him by blowing away the drone with the Bubble Ship's guns. [[spoiler: The fact that the later AerialCanyonChase has the drones getting shot repeatedly with the same guns with little damage making it also an example of WorfHadTheFlu, is justified by Harper mentioning earlier that the drone isn't worth much without its armor.]]
** During the final shootout between the drones and the Scavengers on the bunker, one of the drones is about to shoot Julia [[spoiler: and some human civilians]]. [[DefiantToTheEnd Julia picks up a gun]] and [[FiveRoundsRapid shoots the drone ineffectively]]... but is enough of a diversion for Sykes to be able to shoot it InTheBack with no problem. [[RebelLeader Beech]] also mans a turret and shoots it out with one of the drones, destroying it although he ends up injured because of it.
* BigDumbObject: The Tet
* BittersweetEnding: The Earth is finally saved from [[spoiler: the Tet]] after 60 years of a war that humanity pretty much lost, and that which remains of humanity finally will have a chance to rebuild. [[spoiler: All that it cost were the lives of the Drone Tech 49 clone of Jack Harper and Malcolm Beech. Julia has [[SomeoneToRememberHimBy a daughter]] and the 52nd Drone Tech clone of Harper has finally found her after looking for her for three years.]]
* BrokenRecord: "Are you an effective team?". One of the first signs that [[StepfordSmiler something]] is pretty wrong.
* BulletproofVest: The suit Jack wears for most of the movie is a pretty effective SpaceClothes kind of armor. [[spoiler: We see how effective it is when [[SergeantRock Sergeant Sykes]] [[JackBauerInterrogationTechnique shoots him in the chest]] during the interrogation scene. At the least, it can take 9mm rounds with nothing to show for it but one hell of a scare.]]
* TheCakeIsALie: [[spoiler:"There is no Titan"]]
* CaliforniaDoubling: Set in [[BigApplesauce New York City and New York State]]. Filmed (for the most part) on location in Iceland. The AlienInvasion and subsequent war has turned the place unrecognizable except for some remaining landmarks.
* CatchPhrase:
** Vika's "Another day in paradise." [[spoiler: It's what the original Vika said in the Odyssey.]]
** Sally's "Are you an effective team?"
* ChekhovsGun[=/=]BrickJoke:
** The LogoJoke shows the Tet and the Odyssey, the latter being easy to miss. Repeated reminders about the Tet's blind spot make this especially relevant later in the film.
** Jack's recurring dream about a viewfinder on the Empire State Building. [[spoiler: It's where the [[CloningBlues original]] Jack Harper proposed marriage to Julia.]]
** The picture in the apartment. [[spoiler:It's what Vica took in the Odyssey just before arriving at the Tet.]]
** The fact that the Scavs [[spoiler: LaResistance]] have been stealing drone power cores.
** The fact that lightning strikes force electronics (such as the Bubble Ship's [[spoiler: and the drones']]) to reboot if struck while flying.
** The constant reminding to MissionControl to please send parts and armor to repair the drone on Tower 49, which it keeps disregarding. [[spoiler: Julia's BigDamnHeroes CrowningMomentOfAwesome later on is also a good example of WorfHadTheFlu because of it.]]
** The missing drone mentioned at the beginning. [[spoiler: It was captured by LaResistance, but it's intended use to carry a nuke to the Tet ends up [[SubvertedTrope sadly subverted]].]]
** The Bubble Ship and the drones using voice recognition to identify Jack. The latter comes in use when Jack first rescues Julia from the crashed ''Odyssey'' (since they're programmed to not shoot him). [[spoiler: As for the former... as Jack discovers, all that it's necessary to use another clone's ship is to change the Tech operator number you say for ID, which comes in handy [[HeroStoleMyBike because he needs to use it to save Julia's life after she's accidentally shot]].]]
** The ''Odyssey'''s flight recorder. [[spoiler: And its nuclear reactor core.]]
** The Scav communications equipment that Jack deactivates on the ruins of the Empire State Building. And the building itself.
** The fact that the drones can track Jack's DNA comes back to bite the ass of LaResistance during the final act.
** When Jack first reports about finding Julia to MissionControl, Sally says that she would be interested in meeting her. [[spoiler: During the TrojanPrisoner gambit, Jack mentions this back to Sally to be allowed into the ship.]]
** When Jack first starts checking the wreckage of the crashed ''Odyssey'', he opens a HumanPopsicle capsule which is empty, and when the Scavs [[spoiler: LaResistance]] arrive, you can see them taking that capsule. It becomes pretty important later on [[spoiler: as the capsule Julia goes in thinking she and Jack will do the TrojanPrisoner gambit and Jack then transports to his cabin, where she will be safe. The capsule is labeled "J. Harper"--it belonged to her (real) husband.]]
** A minor one: when Jack first disables the communications equipment in the Empire State, he takes a [[KingKong gorilla]] plushie that was on the room and puts it among his collection of scavenged stuff. [[spoiler: Julia's child is seen playing with it in the movie's epilogue.]]
** When Jack first checks up on the downed Drone 166, he [[spoiler:affixes the loose power capsule to the frame with chewing gum because he doesn't have the proper tools with him to do a better job.]] When Drone 166 comes back online [[spoiler:after his fight with Jack 52, he reaches into the open hatch and is able to yank the power capsule out quickly and easily because it wasn't set securely]].
* ChekhovsGunman:
** The deactivated drone that is being repaired on Tower 49.
** Sally. [[spoiler: Not only do we discover that she's nothing but the "human face" of the Tet, but that the real one (on whom the face is based) was UsefulNotes/{{NASA}} MissionControl for the Odyssey mission]].
** [[spoiler: Jack Harper. Clone Number 52. Shaken from his oblivion after encountering Jack 49 and Julia, he seeks her out after encountering the survivors.]]
** Drone 166, which Jack goes out to fix in a routine job during the expository opening scenes. It comes back to [[spoiler:"save" him from the Scav ambush at the buried NY City Library]], it arrives at [[spoiler:the Odyssey crash site to dispose of survivors]], and then it becomes [[spoiler:the lead drone and most persistent foe chasing after Jack when he escapes with Julia]].
* ChekhovsBoomerang: The fact that [[StuffBlowingUp drone power cores are pretty devastating when they go off]] comes to bite both sides of the conflict [[NukeEm in the ass]] [[OutrunTheFireball a few times]].
* CloneArmy: The [[spoiler: Tet cloned an army of astronaut Jack Harper to conquer earth, then switched to drones and had the Jacks maintain them.]]
%%* CloningBlues
* TheCollectorOfTheStrange: Jack collects a variety of pre-war memorabilia artifacts he managed to scavenge, keeping them in a secret cottage he built in a somewhat-untouched grotto.
* CommandingCoolness: Jack Harper is this. [[spoiler: The real one, in any case. He was commander of the ''Odyssey'' mission.]] Beech takes some particular delight in saying "Welcome Back, Commander" when he decides to help them.
* CompanionCube: Harper's Bubble Ship has a bobble-head figurine glued to the instrument panel that Jack calls "Bob" and occasionally talks to. He makes a point of gluing it to his [[spoiler: fellow clone's]] replacement Bubble Ship's dashboard after his first one gets wrecked.
* CoolHat: Jack's Yankees baseball cap. The fact that [[LastOfHisKind it's possibly the last one existing on the planet]] pretty much makes it this.
* CoolMask: The masks that LaResistance wear. Made of Stealth Bomber material (as well as the rest of their armor), with voice distortion, and very intimidating. [[spoiler: It's no wonder they look like rampaging aliens during the first act.]]
* CoolPlane: The "Bubble Ship" (see FutureCopter below). Visually speaking, the drones, as well.
* CoolGuns: Harper's assault rifle and sidearm are pretty cool. On the side of LaResistance, there's the [[{{BFG}} anti-material rifles]] they use to shoot down drones.
* CoolBike: Harper's motorcycle-which is collapsible so it can be carried on the Bubble Ship's storage space, has integral winch and sensors, and is pretty rugged. [[spoiler: Pity that [[HumiliationConga it gets stolen early in the movie, and then soon after Harper gets it back it runs out of gas]].]]
* CoolOldGuy: [[MorganFreeman Malcolm Beech]] is this. His first scene is him smoking a big cigar and [[LargeHam somewhat]] [[HamAndCheese hammily]] interrogating and [[MrExposition giving exposition]] to a captured Harper. He also mentions having fought on the war and having survived [[UsefulNotes/{{Chicago}} the devastation of Chicago]]. His biggest desire is down there in Foreshadowing.
* CoolShades: Worn by Malcolm Beech.
* CoolStarship: The "Tet" space station, and the ''Odyssey'' (for how little time it appears on-screen, anycase)
* CoresAndTurretsBoss: [[spoiler:The "Tet" space station and water processing plants]].
* CoversAlwaysLie: The page image poster shows a waterfall cascading down by the Empire State Building, but in the film it is buried up to the observation deck all around. [[http://www.imdb.com/media/rm4179469056/tt1483013?ref_=tt_ov_i Another poster]] shows the George Washington Bridge free and at an angle, while in the movie it is half-buried and standing straight.
* DarkIsNotEvil:
** The evil-looking Scavengers all wear dark colours and live in dark underground areas, but are eventually revealed [[spoiler:to be a human [[LaResistance resistance force]] led by [[MorganFreeman Malcolm Beech]] with noble goals]].
** The Tet is a pretty ominous-looking black obelisk in space, but Jack describes it as being something like a human MissionControl HQ. [[spoiler: [[SubvertedTrope Jack's wrong]]. [[DarkIsEvil The Tet is monstrous]].]]
* DeathOfTheHypotenuse: [[spoiler:Victoria is killed less than a day after Julia comes back into the picture. Bonus points comes from it being her own fault, as she inadvertently sics the Drone on herself as well as Jack.]]
* DetonationMoon: A torn-apart moon is a constant sight during night sequences. [[MorganFreeman Malcolm]] [[RebelLeader Beech]] reminisces when it was blown apart to cripple the human race pre-invasion.
* DoppelgangerReplacementLoveInterest: [[spoiler:Jack 52.]]
* DieLaughing: Combining the savoring of the imminent doom the Tet is facing and Jack's [[PrecisionFStrike one last comment]] to Sally, [[spoiler:Beech does this as the bomb lights off.]]
* DyingMomentOfAwesome: [[spoiler: Jack 49 and Malcolm Beech.]]
* EarthThatWas: Earth was nearly destroyed during a war against a race of alien invaders known as Scavengers. They were only defeated by the use of nuclear weapons, which left most of the planet irradiated and uninhabitable.
* EverythingIsAnIpodInTheFuture: The Bubble Ship in particular is a prime example, all sleek curves and shiny white surfaces.
* EverybodysDeadDave: [[spoiler: The fate of the entire ''Odyssey'' crew except for Julia. Bonus whammy points for this information being given to her by a clone of ''her own husband''.]]
* EvilCannotComprehendGood: [[spoiler:Inability to understand the human psyche is where the Tet's plan falls apart. It thought it could just stick a male and female together and have them be content. It thought just killing one that was being inconvenient (Viki 49) would be brushed off. It thought all humans would have an aversion to death. It thought that invoking godhood would deter defiance.]]
* EvilSoundsDeep: [[spoiler:Once "Sally" is revealed to be the villainous Tet, her transmissions are occasionally distorted into a deeper tone. When Jack meets her face-to-face, so to speak, the distortion is constant to make her sound that much more imposing.]]
* ExactWords: [[spoiler:During his trip to Tet's core, Jack is stopped by a pair of drones, Sally having deduced that he has misled her about the nature of his return. Jack then replies quite honestly that he's returned because it's the only way humanity would survive. He just doesn't give her the specifics.]]
* {{Expendable Clone}}s: [[spoiler: Jack and Victoria, given Victoria 49's fate.]]
* FanOfThePast: Jack. He keeps old objects in his secret retreat, such as old vinyls, sunglasses, old books and his NY Yankees cap (which Tom Cruise seems to love in real life, he wore the same in ''Film/WarOfTheWorlds''). He also likes to remember and re-enact the very last SuperBowl that happened more than 60 years ago.
* TheFilmOfTheBook: Of a GraphicNovel, actually. It was written by the film's director, as it happens. As of the time of this writing (April 2013), it still has not been printed, but there's plans for it.
* FirstContact: The ''Odyssey'' mission was originally meant to be a manned mission to Titan, but was repurposed into this instead when they discovered an alien craft entering the solar system. To say that it [[GoneHorriblyWrong Went Horribly Wrong]] is a ''massive'' understatement.
* ForbiddenZone: The radiation areas.
* {{Foreshadowing}}:
** [[spoiler: Beech expresses the desire to see the look on the Tet's face when they detonate the bomb. He got his wish.]]
** [[spoiler: Jack's conversation with Victoria at the beginning about the last SuperBowl before the AlienInvasion (especially, that the last play on it was a "Hail Mary" pass) becomes pretty important later on in context (the plan regarding the TrojanPrisoner is a "Hail Mary" play).]]
* FutureCopter: The VTOL craft that Jack flies around, the [[http://radicalpublishing.com/2013/04/oblivion-and-tom-cruise-a-closer-look-at-the-bubble-ship-design/ Bubble Ship]]. With guns (which can fire in any direction, even straight backwards), autopilot (and remote piloting), ejecting cockpit, voice-recognition lock, remotely-accessible surveillance cameras, storage space for a CoolBike, [[spoiler: and the capacity to fly up to space]].
* Fridge Horror : [[spoiler: So, at the end of the movie, there are at least 50 Jack/Victoria clones left that just saw, what they believe, was humanity's last hope at survival, the tet and the water processing plants, explode, forever ruining the Titan colony and humanity's chances. ]]
* GeneticMemory: [[spoiler: All clones of Jack Harper seem to have this about loving Julia (at the least). The 49th Tech clone of Harper goes as far as to [[HeroicSacrifice blow himself (and the Tet) up to keep her safe]], while the 52nd clone (who gets distracted by Julia during his fight with the 49th) goes looking for her some time after meeting her, finally finding her on the last scene of the film.]]
* GenreThrowback: [[WordOfGod Joseph Kosinski's word]] is that it's meant to evoke sci fi movies of TheSeventies. What we see wouldn't be (that much) out of place in a HeavyMetal or Moebius comic.
* GhostPlanet: The entire Earth is almost empty of people after the war which caused it to become a wasteland. Jack claims the humans left to live in a colony in space. [[spoiler: The truth is even worse.]]
* GirlInABox: Julia Rusakova [[spoiler: later Harper]] kicks things off when her escape capsule lands on Earth and Jack investigates.
* AGodAmI: [[spoiler: "Sally" (the [[BigDumbObject Tet]]'s central AI) calls itself Jack's God since he was created by it. Jack doesn't accept that logic.]]
* GoForTheEye: Along with the engines, this is one of the few unshielded points on the drones.
* GreenEyedMonster: [[spoiler: Victoria.]]
* HappyFlashback: Jack and Julia, before the war.
* HelmetsAreHardlyHeroic: [[spoiler:After TheReveal none of the Resistance wear helmets while fighting the drones, despite their usefulness re stealth.]]
* HeroesWantRedheads: Victoria is a redhead, and presented as a LoveInterest. [[spoiler:It turns out that both her and Jack are repeatedly cloned and made to work together.]]
* HeroicSacrifice: [[spoiler: Jack 49 and Malcolm Beech.]]
* HeroStoleMyBike: Harper got both ends of the trope. [[spoiler: LaResistance steals his motorcycle after an attempted ambush on the beginning of the movie, and he steals the Bubble Ship of one of his fellow clones when his own gets wrecked near the end.]]
* HeyItsThatGuy: Sergeant Sykes is [[Series/GameOfThrones Jaime Lannister]]!
* HomeworldEvacuation: The film has humanity attempting to escape a ruined Earth that has been wrecked during an AlienInvasion war, settling a new colony on Titan. [[spoiler: Of course, this is [[TheCakeIsALie a big damn lie]], but saying any further details is a massive spoiler.]]
* HopeSproutsEternal: At least one small valley within the area of the state of New York remained forested. Harper found it, and it's where he keeps his [[TheCollectorOfTheStrange collection of]] [[DisasterScavengers scavenged]] [[FanOfThePast memorabilia]] and a small cottage he built. [[spoiler: Him trying to give Victoria a small plant (presumably from this place) and her casually throwing it away, justifying it as the plant possibly being contaminated with radiation, is another sign of Victoria's StepfordSmiler behavior.]]
* HumanPopsicle: Julia and the rest of the ''Odyssey'' crew.
* IncendiaryExponent: The drone on Tower 49 [[spoiler: right after it gets reactivated by the Tet and vaporizes Victoria 49]] is briefly on fire for no reason other than looking pretty scary (and floating into the room through recently-shot curtains).
* IronicEcho: Between Mission Control and Victoria, Jack's partner.
--> '''Mission Control:''' Are you an effective team?
--> '''Victoria:''' We are an effective team.\\
([[spoiler: When Victoria betrays Jack]])\\
'''Mission Control:''' Are you still an effective team?\\
'''Victoria:''' [[spoiler: We are not an effective team.]]
* IJustShotMarvinInTheFace: Dramatic example. During the fight between [[spoiler: Jack-49 and Jack-52]], they are struggling for a gun. The gun goes off, hitting Julia on the stomach. This prompts Jack to knock out his opponent [[spoiler: who is understandably shocked to have shot the woman he's seen in his dreams]] and [[HeroStoleMyBike steal his ship to get to the Tower]] and retrieve medical equipment to save her.
* IKnowYoureInThereSomewhereFight: [[spoiler:Basically what Beech tries on Jack after he sees him display curiosity (studying a book) and protectiveness/disobedience (protecting Julia's pod against the drone). We can assume from Sergeant Sykes' skepticism that this tactic has been tried before and failed -- presumably without Julia's presence to awaken their memories and feelings other captured 'Jack' soldiers refused to accept the evidence, like Victoria when confronted with Jack's wife.]]
** [[spoiler:Of special note pointing out Beech's tactic. When he reveals the captured drone to Jack for the first time, Jack refuses to help. He has Jack shot(his spacesuit protects him from damage), to put him under stress and then has Julia brought out on her knee's execution style with a gun put to her head. this incites a reaction from Jack. While at first this ruthlessness seems out of character, it's just Beech bluffing to intentionally stoke Jacks feelings and memories and set him on a path that will "bring him back"]]
* KeystoneArmy: [[spoiler: After the Tet gets blown up, the drones immediately deactivate.]]
* KickTheDog: Jack brings Vika a flower from the surface as a gift. She takes one look at it then dumps it over the side without so much as a thank you, then chews him out for risking the mission over a flower. This is actually foreshadowed shortly before it happens; when Jack is reading the book he found, he hides it when Victoria comes in, evidently knowing she'll make an issue of it.
* KillAllHumans: [[spoiler: One of Sally's goals is eradicating the last surviving pockets of humanity.]]
* LaResistance: The remaining scavs after the war, as Jack 49 describes in the beginning of the film. [[spoiler:Turns out that it was actually remnants of humanity just trying to survive, while he and Vika work for the actual invader, an AI stealing Earth's resources.]]
* LaughingMad: Julia gives a high-edged laugh when Jack lays out the 'official' version of the war.
* LightIsNotGood: The white-suited humans in their clean, sterile towers. Sure, they're more-or-less good people, but [[spoiler: they're unwittingly maintaining the Tet's ongoing obliteration of humanity]]. Similarly, the shiny, white, disturbingly TriggerHappy AttackDrones.
* LogoJoke: The Universal logo has a ruined, bombed-out Earth with the "Tet" space station floating over it. The Odyssey is there too, but easier to miss. This becomes a [[FridgeBrilliance plot point.]] [[spoiler: Why doesn't the Tet already have Julia, if it wants her so badly? The Odyssey is in its [[ChekhovsGun blind spot!]]]]
* LoveHurts: [[spoiler: Victoria.]]
* LoveMakesYouEvil: [[spoiler:The flashback scene hints that Victoria was attracted to Jack even before they were cloned. Although she refuses to reveal whether (like Jack) she still has memories of her human life, it likely (subconsciously or otherwise) fuels her instinctive dislike of Julia and her betrayal when Jack reveals that she is his wife -- she'd rather a false reality where she and Jack are together as lovers than the truth.]]
* LudicrousGibs: What happens to anybody who gets hit with the drones' weapons. [[spoiler: Exhibit A: Victoria 49.]]
* MeaningfulEcho: Stanza XXVII of Horatius (The Lay). Gets used [[RuleOfThree three times]]. First time is just a random passage of a book Jack scavenged that he reads aloud. The second time it's said by Malcolm Beech to tell Harper that [[spoiler: he's different from the army of Harper clone soldiers that assisted in devastating the planet, since he has curiosity and they were 'soulless']]. The third time is said [[spoiler: by Harper right before his HeroicSacrifice by setting off the nuke inside of the Tet]].
-->"And how can man die better\\
than facing fearful odds\\
for the ashes of his fathers\\
and the temples of his gods."
* MeaningfulName: Literature/TheOdyssey is the name of an ancient greek poem which describes Odysseus' journey home from the Trojan war, during which he gets lost for 10 years. Similarly, the spaceship Odyssey returns to earth after being lost in space for a long time.
* MeaningfulRename: Julia Rusakova makes a point of presenting herself as [[spoiler: Julia Harper]] when she and Jack go back to LaResistance's bunker. [[spoiler: When the TrojanPrisoner gambit is being worked on, she enters a capsule with a MeaningfulName on it. See ChekhovsGun for details.]]
* MirrorMatch: [[spoiler: A rare live-action version. Jack Harper-49 vs Jack Harper-52.]]
* MonumentalDamage: One of the first things we see during Jack's OpeningNarration is the Pentagon smashed almost beyond recognition by a huge crater. The New York Public Library is completely underground. The Empire State Building is buried up to its observation deck, leaving only the gift shop and the spire above ground. The Statue of Liberty is broken up and scattered, with the torch-holding hand visible during a high-speed canyon chase. The One World Trade Center building, taller than the ESB and prominent in the flashbacks, is ''nowhere to be seen'' in the present time, implying that whatever wasn't buried was demolished.
* MonumentalDamageResistance: The Capitol Building and the Washington Monument are free and still standing, everything else is gone and replaced by mud flats.
* MultinationalTeam: The NASA mission.
* NippleAndDimed: The nude swimming scene, showing off pretty much everything they could of Andrea Riseborough and still have a PG-13 rating - including ''light shining through her thigh gap''.
* NoEndorHolocaust: [[spoiler: The Tet is in low orbit and explodes in a giant explosion. No one is hurt.]]
** Hell, the freaking ''Moon'' was destroyed before that! Whatever happened later, couldn't be much worse.
* NukeEm: [[spoiler:The resistance sabotage a fusion reactor, and later the Tet.]]
* ObstructiveBureaucrat: [[spoiler: Victoria is a much more obedient to mission control than Jack. She refuses to go down to the planet with him, and believes everything mission control says - even ratting him out by saying they are no longer a good team.]]
* OddCouple: Jack is a maverick while Victoria is a by-the-book worker who struggles with his antics.
** Could qualify as ActorAllusion, as Tom Cruise has played his side of that couple to ''many'' love interests over the years...
* OffhandBackhand: The Drones' weapons can turn independently of each other and the general facing of the drone. Several of these ensue whenever the drones fight.
* OhCrap: When Jack is dropping down into the pit to get one of the drones, he finds out that [[spoiler: the drone signal was fake and it was all a trap,]] he starts to escape successfully - and then the line snaps and he falls back into the pit.
* OneWordTitle: "Oblivion", meaning ''to be forgotten'' - as stated by Jack at the beginning, Jack and Victoria have chosen to forget the war so as not to interfere with his job. [[spoiler: ...Or so he thinks.]]
* OnlyKnownByTheirNickname: The Tet is named after its [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tetrahedron shape]] and is never given an actual classification. [[spoiler: Other than "[[AGodAmI God]]," that is]].
* OpeningNarration: Provided by Harper while we get brought up to speed on the characters and situation and see a montage of SceneryPorn (The skies and some parts of the planet that look less [[BuffySpeak wasteland-y]]), SceneryGorn (the shot of the bombed-out Pentagon (with implications of it having been [[NukeEm ground zero for a nuclear strike]] during The War) and the remains of New York and Washington, DC), TechnologyPorn ([[CrystalSpiresAndTogas Tower 49]], the [[FutureCopter Bubble Ship]], the collector vessels, [[CoolGuns the guns]] and [[CoolStarship the Tet]]), {{Fanservice}} (ShirtlessScene and ToplessnessFromTheBack) and [[spoiler: some {{Irony}} in that [[TheCakeIsALie most of the info is unwitting bullcrap]] on Jack's part.]]
* OurWeaponsWillBeBoxyInTheFuture: Jack's rifle, and the guns on the drones and bubble ship too. [[spoiler: Though not the human's weapons.]]
* OutrunTheFireball: Happens to Jack during the final shootout with [[spoiler: the drones inside of LaResistance's bunker]] - complete with visible OhCrap moment as he starts to run away just before the explosion.
* PercussiveMaintenance: Jack does this to make the Bubble Ship restart when it gets struck by lightning the first time.
* PyrrhicVictory: It initially appears that the humans have defeated the aliens, but at the cost of the Earth.
* PlanetLooters: Humanity has rigs draining all of Earth's oceans to produce fusion energy in order to send the rest of humanity to Titan. [[spoiler: Actually, the Tet itself is gathering it to finish off humanity and power its trip to another planet and begin again.]]
* PlanetSpaceship: The Tet.
* PreAssKickingOneLiner: See PrecisionFStrike.
* PrecisionFStrike: [[spoiler: '''Jack:''' [[PrecisionFStrike Fuck you]], Sally. *[[HeroicSacrifice detonates]] [[NukeEm fuel cells]]*]]
* RammingAlwaysWorks: While set on a much smaller scale, drone 166 does this to Jack 49's bubbleship a couple of times. The final time knocks him to go into the radiation zone.
* RedEyesTakeWarning: [[spoiler: You didn't expect the HAL 9000-eyed drones to be up to any good, did you?]]
* RedshirtArmy: [[spoiler: Aside from Sergeant Sykes and a female subordinate, the Scavenger soldiers are wiped out to a man during the second drone attack on their base, to the point of only Sykes and his subordinate are left to fight off the much bigger third wave. Good things the drones are a KeystoneArmy...]]
* ReplacementGoldfish: [[spoiler: Julia hooks up with Jack 49 ''the night after'' she learns that he's just a clone of her husband. Then at the end of the movie, three years after Jack 49 sacrifices himself to save humanity, it looks like she's gonna get together with Jack 52]].
* LaResistance: A big group of humans [[RebelLeader led by]] [[MorganFreeman Malcolm Beech]] who live underground the wasteland Earth. [[spoiler: They may or may not be ''all that's left'' of the human race.]]
* {{Retirony}}: Throughout the movie, both Jack and Victoria mention that they had two weeks remaining on their mission before being sent to the Tet, where they would go with the rest of the human survivors to their new home in the moon of Titan. [[spoiler: It's all a lie anyway. It's unclear what the Tet would actually do to them when that time comes, [[TheCakeIsALie but]] [[KillAllHumans considering]] [[PlanetLooters the]] [[AlienInvasion movie]] [[TomatoInTheMirror doesn't]] [[TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt hold back]] [[AliensAreBastards in showing]] [[YouHaveOutlivedYourUsefulness its]] [[FridgeHorror monstrosity]]...]]
* TheReveal: [[spoiler: The war with the Scavs never happened the way it's told. Rather, the Tet kidnapped the real Jack and Victoria, cloned them a billion times and used them to KillAllHumans and TakeOverTheWorld to use as a fuel source for itself.]]
* ScavengerWorld: [[spoiler: The underground world beneath the surface of the Earth, where the remaining humans live.]]
* SceneryGorn: Most of the Earth has been wrecked and we get lots of shots of [[RuinsOfTheModernAge crumbled, bombed, and/or partially buried landmarks]] (among them the Empire State Building, the New York Public Library, Brooklyn Bridge, the Pentagon (implied to have been ground zero for a nuclear strike during the AlienInvasion war) and Washington, DC).
* SceneryPorn: But the few bits of untouched scenery we do see [[spoiler:such as Jack's hideaway]] are beautiful.
* SciFiWritersHaveNoSenseOfScale:
** The film's backstory includes a manned mission to Saturn's moon Titan in 2017- four years from now. NASA doesn't even have concrete plans for a mission to Mars. Such a mission isn't likely to materialize until the 2030s. Also, it seems FTL communication is already possible by 2017, which seems very unlikely.
** Also, even if cracking the Moon caused massive tidal waves and earthquakes, there wouldn't be enough sedimentation to completely bury New York up to the Empire State's observation deck.
* SensorSuspense: The first time the Bubble Ship is struck by lightning, we get a glimpse of the Ship disapearing from the Tower's sensor display, much to the distress of Victoria.
* SergeantRock: Sykes. Complete with one-liners, JackBauerInterrogationTechnique, and BigDamnHeroes moment.
* ShinyLookingSpaceships: The winners of the war deploy clean, shiny and very advanced weapons and crafts. [[spoiler: An early hint about something strange going on, as an UsedFuture befits a post-apocalyptic civilization.]]
* SingleTear: After Victoria tells Sally that she and Jack are no longer an effective team, she sheds one tear from her left eye ... and then one from her right.
* ShoutOut:
** Several to ''Film/TwoThousandOneASpaceOdyssey'', such as the shape of the drone pods, Jack being suddenly denied access to the base, the red glaring eye of the eerie antagonist or the name of the space mission to the unknown, ''Literature/TheOdyssey''.
** The number of shout outs to the ''Franchise/MassEffect'' series in this movie is rather astounding:
*** Jack's rifle looks almost exactly like the Viper Sniper Rifle from ''VideoGame/MassEffect2''. It also sounds the same with similar-looking glowing blue projectiles.
*** Jack Harper has the same name as (''Franchise/MassEffect'' spoiler) [[spoiler: The Illusive Man.]]
*** (spoiler for ''VideoGame/MassEffect3'') FridgeBrilliance: [[spoiler:The Illusive Man was [[EpilepticTrees Indoctrinated]]!]]
*** [[CatchPhrase "Welcome back, Commander."]] [[spoiler:although this is a [[FridgeBrilliance massive case of]] {{Irony}} consodering where and when this is said.]]
*** The soundtrack is at times reminiscent of the ''Franchise/MassEffect'' soundtrack.
*** [[spoiler: The BigBad is a giant sentient spaceship with a god complex.]]
*** However, Sally's voice, her DeadpanSnarker attitude, and the turrets, [[spoiler:along with the cloning of two people, using them as test subjects, setting up individual areas, the remarkably mechanized voice when approaching the core, and the glaring red eye when confronted [[VideoGame/{{Portal}} are much closer to]] [=GlaDOS=]. All we need now is a literal CompanionCube and we have a [[CaptainErsatz post-apocalypic]] Portal!]]
*** The drones resemble the Oculus fighters. [[spoiler: The scene where the drones attack the human base is very similar to the scene near the end of ''VideoGame/MassEffect2'' where an oculus breaks into the Normandy's cargo hold.]]
** There's also a nice shoutout to the Franchise/{{Fallout}} series, with the present year being 2077, the same as the Great War. Considering the vital part nukes take place in the back story, it's hardly a coincidence. Also, in the making-of features, we learn that the Scavs' base is called Raven Rock - the same as The Enclave's base in ''VideoGame/{{Fallout 3}}''. [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Raven_Rock_Mountain_Complex Raven Rock is a real place too, in any case.]]
** The name Sally might be a shoutout to Sally Calypso from the DoctorWho episode ''Gridlock''. The character was a newscaster who communicated with everyone solely via video transmissions, and [[spoiler: also turned out to be a recording of a person long dead]].
* ShutUpHannibal: At the end, you get this doozy:
--> '''Sally:''' [[spoiler: I created you,]] Jack. [[spoiler: I am your God.]]\\
[[spoiler: '''Jack:''' [[PrecisionFStrike Fuck you]], Sally. *[[HeroicSacrifice detonates]] [[NukeEm fuel cells]]*]]
* ShirtlessScene: Jack gets three (one is the TwoPersonPoolParty scene mentioned below).
* SomeoneToRememberHimBy: At the end, Julia tends a garden while her two-year-old daughter plays nearby. [[spoiler:Subverted, sorta, when it's revealed that Jack-52 [[note]]the other Jack that was in the MirrorMatch who was shaken from [[TitleDrop oblivion]] upon seeing Julia himself[[/note]] had joined up with Sykes and company and searched for the hidden cottage he knew was out there.]]
* StepfordSmiler:
** Victoria. Just watch how quickly her personality changes the second Jack does anything to remind her of Earth. [[spoiler:It gets really bad after she betrays Jack.]]
** Sally is almost constantly smiling, even when [[spoiler:talking to Jack about how she just killed Victoria]].
* TakingYouWithMe: [[spoiler:How Jack and Malcolm save the world from Tet]].
* TemptingFate: Jack laughs gleefully while being fast-winched out of the Scav ambush -- only for his rope to snap.
* ThatsNoMoon: The "Tet" is big enough that you can see it clearly during the day.
* TogetherInDeath: [[spoiler: What Julia thinks (and accepts) will happen during the TrojanPrisoner gambit. Jack has other ideas.]]
* TomatoInTheMirror: [[spoiler: He's not the real Jack Harper, but a clone. He works for the Tet, which is [[PlanetLooters stealing the planet's water for fuel]]. And he's just one of many (we follow the 49th, which fights the 52nd later on, and Beech mentions that the Tet used an army of Harper clones as foot soldiers during the war).]]
* TrailersAlwaysSpoil: The fact that [[spoiler: humanity isn't completely dead]] and there's a [[spoiler: [[LaResistance resistance]] led by MorganFreeman]] would have been a great plot twist if it hadn't been included in the very first trailer. Fortunately, there are other twists that the trailer managed to omit.
* TreacherousQuestGiver: [[spoiler: Mission control at the space station Tet is in fact the BigBad using clones of Harper and Victoria for their own ends.]]
* TwoPersonPoolParty: Begins with Jack being made "RuleOfPool-compliant". For extra male {{Fanservice}}, Victoria's the one character we see naked ([[ToplessnessFromTheBack from the back]]), with Jack ending up shirtless afterwards.
* UnderwaterKiss: From the TwoPersonPoolParty trope above.
* UnreliableNarrator: Jack has no memory from before he began his current job - his OpeningNarration is entirely based on what Sally tells him ([[spoiler: and Sally herself is an UnreliableExpositor]]). Even better, for the whole first act of the movie, Jack, Vicka and Sally are the only characters with lines.
* TheUnreveal: [[spoiler:The origin, motives and nature of the Tet -- is it an Artificial Intelligence stealing the energy it needs, or is it acting on behalf of an unseen alien race?]]
* VoiceOfTheLegion: [[spoiler: During the final confrontation, "Sally's" voice is layered with a very robotic voice.]]
* VomitIndiscretionShot: When Julia wakes up from her cryosleep, she repeatedly pukes cryo-liquid on camera.
* WackyMarriageProposal: As far as they go, [[spoiler: proposing on the observation deck of the Empire State Building by holding the ring in front of a viewfinder while your fiancee is looking through it (and convincing her to look through said viewfinder by saying that it can show the future)]] is a mild (and pretty sweet) example.
* WhamLine:
** [[spoiler:"I'm your wife."]]
** [[spoiler: "No. We are not an effective team."]]
** "The drones were [[spoiler:designed to kill humans.]]"
* WhamShot: After Jack [[spoiler:goes into the forbidden territory of the Radiation Zone and crash-lands with Julia, he finds another person who had landed in a Bubble Ship, and as a quick zoom-in shows when they're face-to-face... it's another Jack.]]
* WhatHappenedToTheMouse:
** [[spoiler: Jack 52 gets to grow old with Julia. What happened to the Victoria 52 that we saw?]]
** [[spoiler: And to the other 50+ Jacks and Victorias that presumably must be out there somewhere.]]
* WhyDontYaJustShootHim: Averted. Sgt Sykes actually does that when Jack 49 initially refuses to cooperate. Fortunately he was wearing a BulletproofVest, and Sykes was using a low caliber handgun, so while it knocked Jack down, it did stop the bullet.
* WomanScorned: [[spoiler:Victoria doesn't betray Jack when he brings Julia back to the tower, but she does when she catches the two sharing a moment through the Bubble Ship's camera. When Jack explains that Julia is his wife, she rats them out to Sally.]]
* WorfHadTheFlu: The drone on Tower 49. See BigDamnHeroes and ChekhovsGun.
* WorthIt: Beech confidently states that he would gladly accept a one-way trip if it meant getting to see [[spoiler:the look on Tet's face moments before it's destroyed, and he gets his wish]].
* YouAreNumberSix: Jack Harper is Drone Tech 49. [[spoiler:This becomes pretty important [[TomatoInTheMirror as]] [[MesACrowd the]] [[HeroStoleMyBike story]] goes.]]
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